More Weather Whiplash: 5/16 – 22 WRD

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.

Workouts update

  • 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

Running Update

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.

So many workouts on this hill. I definitely used to have more endurance for it.

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.

Another view from top. Person walking down for scale.

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.

But wait, there’s more! The hill goes up quite a ways. It’s a great workout! When my Achilles was bothering me more I avoided this hill but lately it’s been very quiet knock on wood.

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).

An orange flowering tree?!

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.

More Azaleas (at our house). They don’t last long but they make me smile. For years we didn’t know they were even there (until we got rid of the shrub with thorns) — hmmm, I think there’s a metaphor there.

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.

23 thoughts on “More Weather Whiplash: 5/16 – 22 WRD

  1. I recognize that hill. Lol.

    I would hate it if my Garmin told me to rest. But I don’t wear a watch for my runs. my pace doesn’t matter to me unless I’m racing.

    You’re lucky to do a long run on a weekday. It was a scorcher today and yesterday.

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    1. Sounds like you had a good week overall. Glad your Achilles is handling that hill OK. I’m being cautious with incline on my tread and am learning that Marcel likes incline, but is not as crazy as Jess – I do 1/2 of what she says. 😉

      We have a few Azaleas, but they probably would do better if we gave them more TLC.

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  2. Your hill run is so beautiful! I would love to have that hill to train on. All your photos are lovely- I love the red azaleas. Sounds like a busy week with good runs.
    I wish more of my running routes had bathrooms!

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  3. I have seen some of those flowering orange trees here…and I honestly cannot remember seeing them before. I wonder if they bloom/blossom in cycles (every few years?), or if they’ve been hidden LOL Yay for hill running! Speaking of which, I have not done any focused hill work in awhile. I mean, I get to run hills all the time, given where I live, but I need to bring back some hill repeats…those are a lot more fun than “just” running a hill because it’s there (IMO).

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  4. Your run route this week looks so pretty! All the flowers are blooming which I love. Just not loving the heat that comes with them! My calves and feet have been tight the last few weeks so I am working on that, Glad yours is feeling better

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  5. You’ve reminded me that it’s been quite a while since I’ve done any hill work. My neighborhood has some rolling hills so there are always some hills in my run routes. Glad your Achilles is tolerating the hills.

    Azaleas make me smile too – I wish they lasted longer 🙂

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  6. Lovely azaleas – we’ve got some amazing ones around the lake I run round a lot, as well as other flowering plants.

    I have trouble with the vulnerability of that pose you have at the end when in a class, so I should have a go at it home alone as it is relaxing!

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