It was a busy week of errands, visiting mom, and working on projects. A cold front last weekend blew out all the hot air, only to have it come back with a vengeance by week’s end.
I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and going longer again but keeping the “easy” runs short so weekly mileage remains the same. I would like to bump that up just a couple of miles, but not sure I really see that happening in the Summer.
- Monday: Yoga AM (40 min), Dogwalk, 3ish TM Intervals, Yoga PM (20 min)
- Tuesday: Yoga AM (40 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min)
- Wednesday: Yoga AM (40 min), 7 mile LSD
- Thursday: Yoga (30 minutes), some short walks at moms — didn’t stop anywhere this time (not enough time), PB ST (25 min)
- Friday: Yoga (30 min), 3 miles easy, Yoga (20 min)
- Saturday: Yoga (40 min), Barre (15 min), some walking/hiking
- Sunday: Yoga (40 min), rest day
Running Mileage: 13 (NC)
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
Monday Intention: Work on Speed
Another errand filled morning had me back on the mill midday. I chose a Peloton Intervals run, thinking it would just be speedwork — but it was still a mix of speed and hills! The hills were moderate, though (Sunday’s HIIT + Hills had us going up an 8% hill; the highest hill in this workout was just 4%). I worked up a good sweat and I did get some nice speed in there.
Wednesday Intention: endurance (LSD)
It was a beautiful day to run. A bit windy and chilly to begin, but the wind actually settled down quickly. I ran up the big hill, even though I’d chosen this route so it could be a relatively flat run. The good news is I also got to run down the big hill.
For whatever reason the last couple of miles were hard and I felt somewhat spent at the end. The overall pace was basically the same as my last 7 miler — but that run didn’t have a big hill in it, so I guess it’s still improvement.
I was glad I chose a route that had bathrooms, because once I finished running, I really had to go — which is unusual for me, but we all know it happens. I would’ve been in real trouble without those open bathrooms (they shut them in Winter).
Friday Intention: EASY
Yes, I’m shouting! My Garmin has been telling me the last couple of days that I haven’t been getting enough rest. Which is true, although I’ve been trying — just too much that had to get done. Nice morning to run, even chilly to begin again. Felt relatively good, a bit tired towards the end — but surprisingly perfect negative splits.
Favorites of the week
I survived! It was a very busy week with not enough rest, but I made it through. As did our lovely Azaleas, which always bring a smile to my face. Fun fact: as a kid I was obsessed with drawing Azaleas. I don’t think my mom ever had any. I was quite good back then; like anything, though, it takes practice and I am very out of practice.
ICYMI: It’s time to surrender control with this Restorative Yoga practice. You’ll be releasing tension from your hips and back, while really opening up your heart (which leads to deeper breathing and better posture). Join me here. I’m also sharing my thoughts about whether or not Yoga is a religion here.
Coming up on Tuesday & Friday: Tuesday I’m sharing the pros and cons of running for time vs running for distance. On Friday it’s time to bear our souls (or is that soles?) at the runfessional — learn more about that here.