The Need for Speed: 6/13 – 19 WRD

Another busy week, but some fun things in there. A movie — I think you might be able to guess which one if you like movies, although it’s a nod to the original; a race, and pierogis!


I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and giving thanks for unseasonably cool weather on race day — after a very hot day the day before!

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk, Barre (15 min — I had plans to do Pilates later in the day, yeah, that didn’t happen)
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, Yoga AM (20 min), 6 mile long-er run, short PM Dogwalk (15 min), Yoga PM (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga AM (30 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga AM (30 minutes), 3 miles with 4 hill repeats, 4 x 100m strides at end
  • Friday: Yoga (45 min), Dogwalk (rest day <== I swear it feels like forever since I’ve had an actual rest day)
  • Saturday: Yoga (40 min), .75 mile WU, 3.2 mile 5k (yup, ran a bit long), Dogwalk, Yoga PM (20 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), PB Walking with Weights (25 min),, Dogwalk, visit to Innisfree

Running Mileage: 14  (NC

PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike

Running Update

After I took this photo the waves from the boat started to come in but I’d already put my phone back in the pocket & started to run again

Tuesday Intention: EASY all the way
That was the plan, anyway. I definitely did take it easy with pace, but my Garmin tells a slightly different tale. The first 3 miles were positive splits (slight incline for 3 miles). The last 3 miles weren’t negative splits, but they were all pretty much faster than the previous 3 miles. However my HR was a bit higher than normal. I think that’s just getting used to the slowly warming temps.

Finding new rainbows

Thursay Intention: speed using hills + strides
According to my stats, this was a strange run. Not with pace, but with HR — my Garmin showed me having a higher than normal HR in the first mile — the one where I was just running easy. The next 2 miles HR was pretty normal — the ones where I was running up a hill repeatedly and running strides at the end of the run. I feel fine, but my V02 MAX, according to Garmin, has been low for a while now. Very odd.

I ran longer hill repeats this time: I’d done a Peloton run a while back where the instructor said that running a hill before speedwork can actually help you be speedier during the speed work — I have found that to be true. Although the last mile being the fastest most likely due to those strides.

Basically I wanted to work a little on speed without burning my legs out. I plan to do a 5k this weekend: it starts at 9:30 so I started this run later, too, although not quite that late. I am not at all gunning for a PR, but I know I’ll make an effort to run faster and I like my body to be prepared for that.

Shorts one day, #allthelayers the next

Saturday Intention: race by feel
A cold front literally blew in the night before, and despite the windy conditions for the race, I was quite happy with the very cool temps. I’ll recap it on Tuesday.

I had to wait in line forever for these pierogis — at least they were really good

Favorites of the week
I’m making a dent in that Summer Bucket List already (read about it here) — we did go see Top Gun Maverick this week and we both enjoyed it. It’s the first movie we’ve been to in a theater in about 2 1/2 years — some of that due to my Dad’s decline and eventual death, and most of it due to the Pandemic. I ran my second race of 2022.

A local church was selling pierogis with all sorts of flavors, plus some other Polish food. They were quite busy when I got there — if I’d known how long I would have to wait, I never would have gone! I considered leaving a few times, but you know how it is — you figure you’ve waited this long, you might as well stay the course. That meal ended up being both lunch & dinner — and because I hadn’t had that much to eat post race, I was starving by the time we ate.

Later today I will stop at Innisfree (also on my Summer Bucket list) on my way to my mom. The new aide is taking a week off (yes, already!) for mostly doctor’s appointment, so it’s another new aide rolling in temporarily.

ICYMI: Perhaps you noticed that I filmed this long before it warmed up? Or maybe there’s that bag that’s creeping into the frame — oops! I have lots to share on this Summer Solstice: a Yin Yoga practice to open your chest, shoulders, wrists & more — you know, all the places we don’t focus on enough here, a short meditation for transformation here, a short tutorial on Sphinx Pose here, and a pranayama that can help you cool down (and may calm down night sweats and hot flashes) here.

Coming up on Tuesday & Friday: Tuesday I’m recapping the Good Karma 5k, and on Friday I’m cozying up to the Runfessional.

26 thoughts on “The Need for Speed: 6/13 – 19 WRD

  1. Enjoy your day.

    Congrats on a race. Hope it went well. I almost ran that one but not a fan of a race in the Crossings.

    Crazy weather here for sure

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      1. HVCC is right around the corner for you too, started earlier and different route to run on. Just sayin. Glad you enjoyed it. We liked our race too.

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  2. Sounds like you had great weather for your race. I was just thinking of the Solstice this week. I love the summer and the long days and the warm weather (even when it’s crazy hot & humid)…but the Solstice is a buzzkill because it signifies the movement towards the “other” season. I just try to embrace and enjoy as much of the summer as I can instead of looking ahead to the colder days.

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  3. The Good Karma 5K sounds like a great event!

    Sometimes on my treadmill I notice my HR is really high the first 5-10 min, and then settles down, even if I have done a warm-up. Maybe that’s one reason that first mile always feels hard!

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    1. The high HR has only been very recent. It was still high for the race, bu5 at least tha5 was appropriate! Garmin finally nudged up the V02 MAX after that — apparently it thinks I should run much harder more frequently, LOL!


    1. There is a woman at this church that actually has a company called Babcia’s Pierogis! She was selling many of the flavors frozen, too. But I had to wait so long for the fresh ones I just wanted to get out of there!

      I love pierogis. Used to be one of my go-to meals before long runs.

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  4. I hope the Good Karma race brought you good karma! I think we could all use some of that these days. I’m glad you saw Top Gun Maverick. I did wear a mask during the movie–I’m still just being very cautious.

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    1. I could use some good karma for sure!

      We wore masks during the movie too. I still had to come here to my mom’s som8 am more cautious. Although I had to stand on line for a long time for the darn pierogis. I actually wore a mask for that, too. At least it was outside.


  5. Ooh, I can’t wait for the race recap! I wish we would get a cold front for my next race… but it’s not going to happen. Sounds like you had a great week and crossed some items off your summer bucket race. Sorry about the aide drama (again) but hopefully this week will go smoothly.

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