Except for the heatwave a relatively quiet week. My to-do lists were quite long, but my motivation wasn’t strong — I blame the heat! Good thing I prioritize the three most important things. They usually get done. I chip away at the rest.
- Monday: Yoga AM (20 min), 5 miles easy, Yoga PM (20 min)
- Tuesday: Dogwalk, Yoga AM (20 min), Cardio Toning (25 min), Yoga PM (20 Min)
- Wednesday: Yoga AM (20 min), 5 miles easy, Yoga PM (20 min)
- Thursday: Dogwalk, Yoga AM (20 min), Swimming (20 min), Cardio Toning (25 min), Yoga PM (20 Min)
- Friday: Yoga AM (20 minutes, Dogwalk <== rest day
- Saturday: Dogwalk, 3ish TM hills & speed, Yoga PM (20 min)
- Sunday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, ST of some sort (25 min)
Running Mileage: 13 (+13)
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
Monday intention: find the joy
I think I managed to find joy for the first three miles but the last two were a struggle. It was warm and humid, even though the trail I was running was shady. I slept really poorly the night before, basically waking up at around 2 am and just laying in bed until I got up around 4:30 am. I felt kinda beat the rest of the day, too, not gonna lie. I decided to ease back into running with two five mile runs and one speedwork session this week. This allowed me to have decent weekly mileage while also honoring the fact that I’d taken a week off everything except walking and Yoga last week.
Wednesday intention: find the joy
Yes! You know those rare almost perfect runs? This was that. It was cooler and less humid. I slept much better the night before. I had a different breakfast. I saw Great Blue Herons flying around multiple times, and one Great White Heron. My pace every mile was faster than Monday’s run. I wasn’t completely drained the rest of the day, either.
Saturday intention: work on speed
It’s actually been quite some time since I ran on the mill, but with Mr. Judy occupied today and the heat, I got out there to walk Bandit early. I had some trouble getting myself to get on the mill, but once I did, this was actually a good run. Unlike the last time I ran on the mill, I felt pretty good — as good as you can doing hills, speedwork, and leaving a puddle of yourself on the mill, LOL!
Favorites of the week
The first run back definitely wasn’t a favorite, but the second one was — and I stopped at the dam above to sit and meditate a few minutes. Yes I did, in the middle of my long-er run. It was glorious. If I park in a different place the dam is only a mile down the trail, and that would be a great end to a run!
There was an amazing amount and variety of birds flying around this preserve
I am still enjoying time out in the back, pretty much daily, despite the heat and a few storms. We’re still dry here. Grass everywhere is brown. Although as I put some finishing touches on this post the night before, it’s raining. We need it!
ICYMI: I swear I didn’t intend to do two Yin Yoga practices for neck & shoulders two weeks in a row! Practice with me here, August is going to be all about finding your edge — an important principle in Yin Yoga and running. This week includes a short vlog on edges here and a meditation on finding your edge (also useful for runners) here.
Coming up on Friday: Friday I’m going to share the rule of thirds, which I got from Alexi Pappas’ book Bravey (Amazon Affiliate link here). I listened to the audiobook — let me just say it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. Still taking a little blogging break to concentrate on some other things.