There was some unexpected stress thrown in this week, along with the fact I had to do a lot of running all bunched together — so that we could go see Andy Grammer this weekend (totally worth it). We haven’t been away anywhere since December, and even that was mostly just family stuff. Remember how long the winter was up here? Yeah, I do!
Oh, and the subject doesn’t refer to how long I can run, although I admit on my long run today the thought of 7 more miles — no please! Last week was a different story. It refers to how long I can do double digit runs without taping my knees? So far so good. They seem to get tight around mile nine and then loosen up again. I spend a lot of time on the run thanking my legs for being so strong.
- Monday: Dogwalk, 5 miles (3 @ tempo), PB Strength + Balance (30 min), YFPR Hips
- Tuesday: Dogwalk, 4 easy fasted miles, Pilates Abs & Arms, JY Hip Reset
- Wednesday: Dogwalk, 6 mile downhill repeats (8 x 400m), PB Strengh + Balance (30 min)
- Thursday: Dogwalk, Pilates legs, YFPR Hips
- Friday: 3 miles easy, short hike
- Saturday: Pilates Abs
- Sunday: 11 Humid Miles LSD, PIlates Stretch, JY Hit Reset
Mileage: 29 (+5)
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It was a long weekend. It was going to be a scorcher of a day. And I totally planned on doing this tempo on the treadmill. Until I walked the dogs. Made them all wait on breakfast while I got out there before it got too hot.
I was ready to throw in the towel about mile 2 (who am I kidding? I think I was almost ready to throw in the towel immediately). I kept thinking of the Skirt Sports ambassador whose family has been devastated by a road rage incident.
I pushed myself through the heat, and while I didn’t quite hit the paces, I was damn close and I’m really happy with this run. It would’ve hard inside or out, but compared to what Meghan is going through, it’s nothing (read about it here).
I did something I haven’t done in years: ran fasted first thing in the morning. Much like yesterday, that wasn’t the plan, but lately juggling all the furkid shenanigans has been interesting, and it just made sense to run in the neighborhood and finish before the sun came out (mostly).
I have to say it was one of those easy runs that really wasn’t (thank you so much humidity). To you southern gals it would feel cool — 70 with a dewpoint of 64 I think. To us northerners it’s still humid.
It was cloudy — thankfully — but not so much cool. Not really hot, but you could cut that humidity with a knife. Tired legs = slog, since I don’t usually run three days in a row. It may have been slow, but I got it done.
We were leaving mid morning and I had a bunch of stuff still to do, but when I let Bandit out it was so cool and nice that I knew I had to get out there and run — I’d originally planned a treadmill run. Knowing what I still had to do, I ran a little bit faster than I probably should have — Mr. Judy actually asked what was wrong when I got back (I’m not sure how long a run he thought I was doing).
Chipmunks are normally skittish creatures — try to get a live one out of your house and if you run by them they scamper away quickly. Unless they’re doing the wild thing. And that was the highlight of my long run.
This run went along with the theme for the week — not really that hot but Humid!!!! As good as last’s week long run felt was almost as bad as this one felt — well, it wasn’t really a bad run. It just wasn’t fun and it was slow and it didn’t feel easy.
I snagged a new hydration vest at a good price — the same one I had, but the newer version, so I no longer need the shoelace to keep it from falling off my shoulders. Except there was underarm chafing; boo! I think I have a fix for that next week. We’ll see.
Favorites of the week
We set off Friday on our circuitous way to Tanglewood by way of Bash Bish Falls. It’s a short walk to a nice little waterfalls (actually, the highest single drop waterfalls in MA). I’d been as a kid, but didn’t really remember it. It was lovely.
Next up was Tanglewood. Again, I’d been as a kid a bunch of times — and definitely had memories of it — but had never really noticed the view or some of the other cool things around the park. We had tickets to see Andy Grammer. He — and his entire band — were amazing. We had really nice seats, but two ladies decided to sit in front of us not long into the show (they didn’t apparently have tickets to those seats, or the ones they’d tried before being asked to move), so that was annoying. At times we had a great view — I just chose not to take any photos.
Who wouldn’t like a cupcake sundae? It was as good as it looks. My plan had been to pick something up at Leah’s Cakery after my long run again. Except there was some festival setting up. It was unclear to me if I could park there and I’d managed to leave my wallet at home anyway, so I drove to a different path. Since I couldn’t pick up desserts for us, I
madeasked Mr. Judy to take us out for the creation above. I did share it with him — and the dogs (well, Mr. Judy shared some of his pistachio with the dogs). If you follow me on Instagram here you can see a little video of the dogs sharing with each other.
Blog posts that caught my eye this week:
Let’s get the conversation started:
Are you battling the humidity too?
Do you get afraid of something beginning to hurt on a long run?
Got any upcoming concerts?