Nope, there were no hikes this week. The waterfalls in the subject refers to the massive amounts of rain we got, and the fact that the path I ran at a couple of days ago sprouted little waterfalls everywhere. At least it wasn’t flooded like one of the paths where we walked last week!
- Monday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk (rest day)
- Tuesday: Yoga AM (20 min), 5 miles long-er run, Dogwalk
- Wednesday: Yoga AM (20 min), Dogwalk (rest day)
- Thursday: Yoga (40 minutes), PB Walk with Weights+ (40 min)
- Friday: Yoga (20 min), 4 miles easy
- Saturday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk (rest day)
- Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles easy + hill repeats x 5, Dogwalk, ST (I’m putting it here so I’ll do it!), Yoga (20 minutes)
Running Mileage: 12 (+1)
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
Tuesday Intention: go long-er, try for a little speed in the middle
That was the plan. The weather was pretty good. No sun, but also very little wind and temps still a bit cold, but not too bad. The plan was to run about 3 miles easy, 1 mile faster, and then 1 cool down mile. I picked a pace for the faster mile that I thought was doable — well, not this day, apparently. I also made the mistake of waiting til that fourth mile, where there was a mild uphill. My body said a very loud, clear no thank you.
Ah well, at least I know where I stand. I also didn’t feel great the rest of the day, or night, so that might have had something to do with it. It was my fastest 5 miles of 2022 by a couple of minutes, so there’s that.
Friday Intention: easy with a fartlek in the middle
This “easy” run didn’t feel easy at all, but I wasn’t as wiped out as I was after that 5 mile run. I set myself up for success by putting in the speed bursts on the downhill portion of this run. That worked for nice negative splits, with the pace on the last mile a full minute faster than the starting pace — and I’m totally unaware of pace while running, since I’m still in long sleeves.
Sunday Intention: getting stronger
I decided today would be hill repeats in the middle of an easy run. I chose a relatively short hill, and I walked back down after running up, so it was a relatively slow run but that was kind of the point — trying to take it easy and build up strength at the same time. Last week’s daffodils are trying to bloom.
Favorites of the week
A bit more rest this week, although not all rest days are restful. I also worked a bit harder in my running this week, but struggled with fitting in ST. Always something. The definitely favorite of the week was seeing my bulbs (courtesy of Mr. Judy a couple of years ago) starting to bloom. They brought a smile to my face in a gloomy week — I’m sure the weather didn’t help with my lack of motivation this week.
A month or so ago my mom seemed to really turn a corner. She started to eat again, and even sometimes actually enjoy her food. My sister and brother think it’s due to her aide (whom she really dislikes, btw, a long story).
I think it’s more due to not having to go to doctors — and my personal theory is that it’s taken this long (almost 8 months!) for the anesthesia from her hip surgery to clear her system. I’ve read in the elderly it can take that long — and longer. I think it’s actually a combination of all those things, but I am just grateful to see her enjoying life more lately.
ICYMI: We’re wrapping up Week 2 of Spring into Action with a very short cool down and meditation. Trust me, you can do it. You can join Spring into Action at any time here. Or just go ahead and join me for this cool down/meditation here. If you’re signed up for the weekly emails, I really suggest you open today’s email — I’ve got tips on meditation and how to reconnect with why you started this challenge to find your motivation in there.
Coming up on Tuesday & Friday: Tuesday I’m walking down memory lane and sharing the first part of my A-Z travels, a subject I
stoleborrowed from another blogger. It was a fun post to put together, but it is photo intensive; you’ve been warned! I did put my own spin on it to connect it to running.. On Friday I share five tips I learned from the book Dynamic Balance (Amazon Affiliate link here) in a mini book review..