There seemed to be deer everywhere I looked this week: in my neighborhood, where I ran, and where I stopped on the way to visit my mom — deer sightings three days in a row. Despite all the sightings, the only photo I took was not even worth sharing. Y’all know what deer look like.
- Monday: Yoga AM (20 min), Dogwalk, SB WU (5 min), 3ish TM miles, Yoga PM (20 min)
- Tuesday: Dogwalk, Yoga AM (20 min), Walking with Weights (25 min), Yoga PM (20 Min)
- Wednesday: Yoga AM (20 min), Dogwalk, filmed Yoga videos (1 hour)
- Thursday: Yoga (20 min), 7 mile LSD, Yoga PM (20 Min)
- Friday: Yoga AM (20 minutes), Short walk/hikes, climbed Fire Tower @ Catskill Visitor Center, Yoga PM (20 min)
- Saturday: Dogwalk, Filmed Yoga Videos (60 min) <== rest day
- Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 3 easy miles + strides last mile, ST of some sort (25 min)
Running Mileage: 13 (NC)
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
Monday intention: Speed play
Words matter. Doesn’t speed play sound better than speed work? Stupid hot humid day and needed to get Bandit out for a short walk so treadmill it was. A 90s? speed/hills run, which was okay but I didn’t like it as much as the one last week. I sometimes wonder where they get their playlists — I often don’t know any of the songs even from the decades I am familiar with, so picking a workout with motivating music can be tough.
Thursday intention: find the joy (and birds)
Another great run where I saw Great Blue Herons and some deer (after seeing an unusual deer in the neighborhood on a walk with Bandit the day before). I bumped from 5 to 7 miles and everything went well. There was just a bit of a cluster at the end, because there was a huge group of young girls running there too — and it seemed all their parents had come to pick them up from the small parking lot at the same time. I was happy I had the same spot by the dam to myself to relax in (minus all the girls) at the end of my run.
Sunday intention: easy with a slight kick the last mile
There’s a different trail on the river that’s a bit closer to home. It’s a very lovely space, but also very short — perfect for today’s 3 miles with perfect weather. I threw in strides the last mile and that certainly helped that mile’s pace. Then I relaxed on a bench near the river (after stretching): eating my post run snack, journaling, and sketching.
Favorites of the week
The weather. While it started out very hot and humid, the week ended with some beautiful fall like weather. Yes, I’d like a bit more Summer, but it was great running weather towards the end of the week!
A day trip to see my mom. I climbed my second firetower, although the views from this one were just okay. In a couple of weeks I have to go for a few days and onboard yet another temporary aide while her regular aide gets more dental work done.
Last week’s Yin Yoga practice (you can find it here) is now officially my most viewed video so far. No idea why — certainly not because of the thumbnail! — but grateful.
ICYMI: We moving off of chest & shoulders and onto the posterior chain with this simple four pose practice. Practice with me here, August is going to be all about finding your edge — an important principle in Yin Yoga and running. I also have a brief introduction to the subtle body here.
Coming up on Friday: Friday I’m not quite sure yet. Perhaps some interesting facts about Vitamin D — stuff I’ve only recently learned!