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!
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.