Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Week in review Aug. 22-28: All I do is run

Not bad.
Last week was about getting back on a normal schedule. Monday was a travel day, Tuesday was grocery shopping and otherwise trying to get my life back in order before passing out from sheer exhaustion, and Wednesday I had a work event. I did manage to do a quick run afterward, which set me up for a Wednesday-Friday-Sunday every other day running schedule. It’s what’s working for my knees and IT bands right now, so I’m going with it.

I don’t even remember why I didn’t work out Thursday after work, and Saturday was a busy day of meeting up with my in-laws, errands, and helping my cousin move into her college dorm. Friends of ours had a babysitter and wanted to go out that night, which meant my Sunday run got moved to the evening, but I made it work. And we ended up having a great time Saturday, so it was well worth it.

Sadly, I didn’t get any other workouts in, so my totals were:

Run: 3 times, 1.5 on the road and 1.5 on the treadmill (I did an extra 3 at the end of a 6-miler after it got too dark for my taste), for 18 miles in a sliver less than 3 hours.

My paces are nothing to write home about – it’s just been too hot and muggy. I’m not wishing away my summer, but we’re supposed to get a cool front in tonight/tomorrow so I might be able to enjoy some after-work runs in the 70s soon. I’m looking forward to sweating only a moderate amount on my runs.

Here’s to another great week!

Monday, August 29, 2016

So, this happened.

I had no intention of signing up for a half marathon today.

My husband has wanted to do this race for a while, and has even signed up and DNSed in the past. He was hemming and hawing about it this year, and I actually tried to convince him against it considering his run fitness right now. But he's as stubborn as I am. And as he was signing up, I told him he better sign me up too.

So he did.

His goal is to make it through Canada and back without stopping to walk, which is about 8 miles. We can walk the rest if we have to. It's a great race, and there's nothing like running in your hometown. And although I've done the marathon four times, I've never actually done the half — or any open half! So this will be a new experience for me, too.

If nothing else, it will keep my training honest for the next six weeks.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Recovering a long run fumble

Some lovely running weather Saturday.
After getting back to real life after vacation, I picked up the running every other day routine again. I got in a few miles Wednesday night on the treadmill after a work event, and I did a decent 6 after work Friday.

That meant I was up for a run again today, Sunday. I had good intentions to get up early and do 12 miles before it got too hot, but some friends wanted to go out Saturday night, and, well, let's just say I was in no condition to go for a run at 7 a.m.

After getting my morning errands run, it was starting to warm up and get super muggy. I just couldn't see myself suffering for 12 long miles. I made an executive decision to do all my food prep for the week and re-assess afterward.

It was still muggy by about 7:30 p.m., when I pulled the last dish out of oven, but at least it was starting to cool down, so I headed out. Yeah, it was sticky and gross, but I had some ice water and it wasn't TOO bad. As the sun set and the wind picked it up, running actually became enjoyable. Imagine that.

It got a bit too dark for me as I hit mile 6 and I was still feeling good, so I did another 3 on the treadmill. Total was 9 miles, which wasn't 12, but more than I thought I'd get done today.

It wasn't ideal, but I made it work. Hooray!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Five things (late on a) Friday: Summer edition

Today was the last unofficial work day of summer. Everything starts up again as normal on Monday, I didn’t get to leave a few hours early today, and I even wore real work pants and shoes instead of the khakis and sandals that became my summer Friday work wardrobe. Sad face.

Even though I’ve taken a step back from triathlon as I figure out what my next challenge is going to be, I still had fun this summer. Sports-related, the top hits were probably:

1. I volunteered for the first time at a triathlon

2. I had my first DNF and DNS

3. I attended a few barre classes to shake things up (barre fans will understand the joke)

4. I ran a fun 5K with my husband

5. I “hiked” in Yosemite National Park, possibly the most beautiful place I’ve ever been

Not really one “thing,” but I also built my running mileage back up to a 29-mile week and a 65-mile month (still shooting for 70 in August!), without re-aggravating my SI joint or IT band. (Knock wood.)

Not related to fitness, five other fun things I did this summer were:

1. Traveled to Toronto, suburban Chicago, and California

2. Finally upgraded my phone, haha (I have the habit of using a phone until my apps can no longer be supported by the software)

3. Attended a few high school graduation parties and hung out with cousins moving away to college soon

4. Went to a Tigers game AND a Giants game while I was in San Fran

5. Ate my weight in barbecue while hanging out with friends

I wish that I had done more actual training and a few triathlons, but overall it was still a great summer.

I’m not doing a fall marathon (although a half is still on the table), but I’m still looking forward to cooler fall running. I’m not a pumpkin spice latte fan, but I’ll drink the hell out of a salted caramel mocha after a chilly run. Of course, in Michigan, it could be 100 degrees with 90% humidity tomorrow, so I won’t be putting away the tank tops and sunscreen quite yet.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Week in review August 15-21: Walk, hike, jog

I did not climb this mountain.
I’m back in Michigan after a full day yesterday flying home, picking up the dogs, unpacking, and dealing with jet lag. I tried to tire myself out yesterday so I’d be able to go to sleep at a reasonable Michigan time; sadly, I didn’t have any luck and am now barely running on fumes.

California was awesome and I spent the majority of the time eating my way around San Francisco:
There was a LOT of this shoveled into my mouth.
My husband and I did go for two very easy runs in the wonderfully cool weather, but I didn’t do any real “training.” We did walk all over the city: One day my walking app recorded 11 miles! I did a LOT of walking up and down hills...
Up and down and up and down.
...and a good amount of easy-to-moderate hiking on the two days we visited Yosemite National Park. 
After the first day of hiking at Yosemite. These shoes were about to be rotated out anyway.
For the record:

Run: Twice, both on the road, for a total of 5 miles in just shorter than an hour. Just enough to justify bringing my running stuff!

I did see a bunch of people swimming in the bay – one person in just Speedo! No wetsuit! That water is freezing! – but I had no desire to join them.

I’m not going to stress about this low-volume week too much. I was moderately active most days, and for me, food and sightseeing will always take priority over workouts on vacation. I spent a few hours in the kitchen tonight for food prep and I have a work event tomorrow evening, so the rest of the week looks iffy, but after that I should be able to put in some decent workouts.

My main goal for August is to run 70 miles, to keep in line with a 5-mile increase each of these last few months, and as of today I have 9 days to run 26 miles. Can I do it? If I buckle down for the rest of the month, of course!
And a couple more pictures from Yosemite just because it was so incredibly beautiful.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Week in review Aug. 8-14, quickly and for posterity

I'm having a blast on vacation in San Francisco, hanging out with my sister- and brother-in-law (and husband I guess, haha), and haven't had time to catch up on the blog. Here's last week's review just for posterity:

Swim: Once, 2400 meters in the outdoor pool, in about 1:06.

Run: Three times, twice outside and once on the treadmill because I didn't want to deal with a three-digit heat index, for 10 miles total. The treadmill run and the morning run with my husband were 2-mile quickies just to get the legs moving, so my total is a bit low.

Weights: Once, with a Jillian Michaels video, for about 50 minutes. I did this right after the treadmill run so I cut out the warmup. I forget how tough this video can be if I'm using challenging enough weight.

Total: Five sessions in about 3.5 hours. Considering I lost a few days to vacation prep and travel, it's not TOO bad.

I'm doing a LOT of walking around the city and did manage to get in one run already, but the totals for this week will likely be more of the same. If I wrote a blog about eating too much junk food and drinking too much wine while traveling, I'd have hundreds of updates. Haha!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Mid-week check-in and pre-vacation stress

I'm on vacation next week and starting to freak out. Logically, I know stressing about vacation is dumb, not to mention privileged.

But I’m an over-planner, which makes me a worrier, and right now my main concerns are: Who is going to eat the tomatoes in our garden while we’re gone? How are we going to eat all the food in our fridge before we leave? When on earth will we have the time to clean the condo before we leave? How are we going to pack everything into carry-ons?

Of course, the easy answers are: Friends in the neighborhood will eat our tomatoes. I can bring any leftover food to my parents. As long as there’s nothing growing in the sink and the trash is taken out, it’s not the end of the world to come back to a messy home. And as far as luggage, well, there are stores and laundromats in California, I guess.

The good thing about over-planning for vacation is that I have been vigilant about keeping my every-other-day running schedule, since I don’t know how much I’ll be able to run next week. Now, I know that running every other day so far this month isn’t THAT big of a deal when it’s only the 10th, BUT, after I logged my run yesterday I realized that I was already halfway to my goal of running 70 miles for the month when it’s only the 10th! So, hooray for me on that one.

Halfway to my goals a third of the way into the month will hopefully make a great rest of the month.