Monday, August 21, 2017

Week in review Aug. 14-20: Decent run and bike for the time I had

Last week wasn't too shabby. I managed four runs, including one with my husband. I got on the bike twice, once on the trainer and once on the road. And I managed a barre class and a bit of yoga.

I had to skip a weekday because my parents were in town, picking up their dog who stayed a few days with us. But other than that I was pretty consistent, even getting in a nice run on Friday when I really wanted to go home and go to sleep. We had plans with friends on Saturday so that was extra incentive for me to go to an early barre class, which was a nice change-up.
Not too bad.
I'm going to keep this snappy because I need to go to bed, so here's the week by the numbers:

Run: Four times, all on the road, for 25 miles in a bit longer than 4 hours. This worked out to be a couple of medium runs and a couple of easy runs.

Bike: Twice, once on the trainer and once on the road for 35 miles, for a bit longer than 3 hours. My ride outside was a beautiful day and I managed a decent-for-me pace.

Weights: One hour-long barre class.

Yoga: 20 minutes on my own.

Total: 8 sessions in about 8.5 hours.

I was happy to hit 25 running miles again, happy to do a bit of almost everything, and happy to fit in things like leisurely breakfast and family and friend time.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

A non-triathloning triathlete

Guys, I'm sad.

Part of it is because of Facebook memories. All summer long, I've been getting reminders of memory after memory of this or that fun race I did over the years. My first tri, my first age group award, etc.
My award shelf. It's been collecting dust lately.
And today is/was Michigan Titanium. It was the first and so far only 70.3 I completed in 2014. I tried again in 2015 and got pulled from the bike course with three miles to go because of lightning.
Practice swim before Michigan Titanium in 2014. A long, long time ago.
That was the last multi-sport race I did. Some health problems set me back a bit, my work schedule changed a bit, and the rest is a big fat "it's not a priority right now."

Part of the reason I'm sad is FOMO, fear of missing out. My friends and people I follow on social media are out riding, swimming, running and doing fun things. I'm so jealous!

The other part of the reason I'm sad is because I feel I've fallen pretty far off the triathlon wagon. I'm not biking anything longer than 2 hours or so lately, and I can literally count on one hand the number of times I've swum this year. I think back to what I was capable of 3 years ago, and I couldn't hold a candle to it today.

I tell myself that people leave and come back to the sport all the time, for lots of reasons. Women I know take a few years off to have babies and eventually find their way back to racing.

I also remind myself that when I first started out, I wasn't in as good of shape as I am now. If/when I do build back up, hopefully my fitness curve won't be as steep. I've had to build running back up from zero twice now, and both times I came back just as strong.

But still. It doesn't stop the frustration I feel NOW. I want to be out there swimming, riding, and running. I want to be pursuing bigger goals. I want to go faster and longer. I want to get better.

I don't know that there is an answer except keep doing what I can, when I can, and make a point to enjoy it.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Week in review August 6-13: Come hell or high water, I WILL run on Sunday!

It was an … interesting week last week. I started off strong, with a track workout Monday that ended up being my speediest run in the past year, and a nice and easy run on Tuesday. I ended up having to run errands for part of the evening Wednesday, so I made the day a mid-week food prep day instead. (Healthy eating is a LOT of work.)

Thursday I had the most blah run in a while, but somehow managed the exact same pace as Tuesday while feeling dehydrated and like my legs were 100 pounds each. I had good intentions for a run Friday, but a work emergency popped up, and by the time I made it out the door I was in ZERO mood to run. When I walked into the kitchen, my husband had already poured a glass of wine and opened up a bag of chips for me. Ha! Now that’s true love. I didn’t do anything more strenuous than catch up on House of Cards that night.
Although I’m not training for anything, I still made it out to ride my bike on Saturday. My Garmin has been moody lately, and it was super overcast, so I kept logging splits at 50-60 miles per hour and registered a max speed of 104 mph. Amazing! Someone call Kona for me! After I did the math and compared to Strava (#stravaoritdidnthappen) it turned out to be a very average yet enjoyable pace. I was able to follow up with most of my heavy/body weight lifting routine before my parents came into town for a Tigers game, where we got to see an amazing comeback.

BUT, because we were out late-ish Saturday, I didn’t get out of bed as early as I wanted on Sunday, and my whole day felt a few hours behind. We skipped our usual Sunday afternoon coffee date because neither of us has been sleeping well as a result, which saved some time, but what I thought would be a quick hour trip the garden turned into a three-hour tomato pruning extravaganza. (Those side shoots will be the death of me.) I was halfway through my food prep routine and feeling sorry for myself, when I realized if I left for a run RIGHT NOW I could do a quick lap around the neighborhood and be in a much better mental place as a result. I had wanted to do 9.75 to hit 30 for the week, but I decided 4.75 to hit 25 was good enough. And, I had JUST enough time to do lunges, squats and abs that I didn’t have time to do Saturday.

I saw a meme the other day that said “I don’t need a motivational quote, I need to go run.” I can’t find what happened to it so I made my own. That was exactly how I felt yesterday: I don’t care what I have to do to get this run in, but it will get done.
Again, yes.
Last week by the numbers:

Run: Four times, three on the road and one mostly on the track, for 25 miles in a bit less than 4 hours.

Bike: Once outside for 35 miles in a bit longer than 2 hours.

Weights: One heavy/bodyweight session in two parts in a bit longer than an hour.

Total: Seven sessions in a bit longer than 7 hours. With the way this week went, I’m happy with an average of an hour a day.

There are still a lot of areas I feel I’m slacking on, but at least I’m on track to hit 100 running miles for another month. Time to launch that momentum into another week.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The good and bad of my fastest run in a year

Around and around and around I go.
I went to track last night and killed it. The meat of my run was a ladder of 400 / 800 / 1200 / 1600 / 1200 / 800 / 400, with a 400 recovery lap in between each and a couple water stops when necessary, including before and after the 1600.

(Tangent: I don’t think I’ve ever gone farther than an 800 on the track before. That 1600 was very long.)

After logging this into DailyMile, it shows up as my fastest run, by a 1-second-per-mile average pace, than any other run since August of 2016. The good news: Yay, I’m fast! Or, at least, relatively so. The work I’ve been doing is paying off.

The bad news: Wow, I really haven’t run any faster than that any time in the past 13 months? Eeeek.

But, and this is more good news, I descended every lap on every multiple-lap set. Sure, sometimes the following lap was only a few seconds faster, and I MIGHT have sandbagged gone a bit easier the first laps of the 1200s and 1600, but they were all faster. And I ran multiple laps at a pace that began with a 7, which is always great to see.

And even more good news, I didn’t lose my afternoon snack, which was questionable for a lap or two.

It was a great night and I headed home tired and happy.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Week in review July 31-August 6: All I do is run and go out of town

All I did this past week.
It was a very low-volume week last week, partly because I was stressed and feeling blah and partly because I was out of town for most of the weekend. The stress and blah I might have been able to prepare for a bit better, and in retrospect I should have at least done a short yoga workout here or there.

I didn’t want to run Monday since I’d already hit 100 miles for the month and figured I could use the rest. I had good intentions to go to the pool, but I was soooo tired and not feeling great, so I skipped and worked in the garden instead. I know, I know. Tuesday’s run was really hard and I think I let myself get too dehydrated. So that was two feeling crappy days in a row, but at least I ran one of them.

Wednesday was another blah day so I spent most of the evening in the kitchen. But, I made a tomato sauce mid-week, so not all was lost. (In fact, looking back, the only times we ate out all week were when we were on the road. So, although training may have taken a back seat, healthy eating was still on point.)

Thursday I had just about HAD IT with work stress and took off on the running trail like a bat out of hell. I was also trying to outrun a storm, which, um, I didn’t. I ended up racing the last two miles back to the car among thunder!!! I thought it would have been a poetic ending to a crappy day had I been struck by lightning. I guess I can call it was a success, since I wasn’t. Friday’s run included a few times up and down the sledding hill, aka Mt. Everest, which I talked about the other day. This was so hard I couldn’t really do it, and I loved it. That means I have a lot of room for improvement.

But that’s all I was able to squeeze in. To get the dogs where they needed to be, pick up my mom, and make it in time for the family wedding I attended, I needed to leave early enough Saturday that I didn’t have time to train before breakfast and my morning errands. I already got up way too early for a Saturday; I was not excited about getting up at 6 a.m. for a trainer ride. And I already went to bed way too late Sunday; no way I was squeezing in anything else.

What I did get in:

Run: Three times, all on the road, for 19.25 miles in a hair longer than 3 hours.

The good news is the runs felt good and I had some rest and relaxation time, which doesn’t always happen. I got to see my mom’s entire side of the family and spend time with my dad’s mom, which was fun. The wedding ended up being an awesome time. There was one continuous Euchre game going for 6 hours, I took so many funny pics and videos, and my face and throat hurt by the end of the night from laughing. It was a weekend that was good for the soul if not for the training volume.

I can’t dwell on the low-volume weeks. On to the next one.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Holy hills

I was reading an Ironman race report the other day and the athlete mentioned that his secret weapon was running hills once a day. I started thinking, there's a sledding hill on one of my regular routes. What if I tried running up and down it a few times per week?
Approximation of the sledding hill I ran up and down Friday.*
So I tried it Friday. Guys, it's Sunday evening, 48 hours afterward, and I am STILL sore. And sadly, I only made it up that stupid hill about five times. And I don't think I made it up all the way one time without having to stop halfway through and take a breath.

I DID have every intention to run up and down it a few times on the way back, but there was a wedding party taking pictures at the top and I didn't want to be That Girl.

Although it was super hard, it was fun. And now I have something to work toward. Maybe next week I'll try to run up it six times.

*Not really. This is Mt. Everest.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

July in review: Actually not as crappy as I expected

Hours trained in July.
Work has been really busy lately and I've been staying later, which means I have less time in the evenings to work out, cook, run errands, etc. That means I haven't been training as much and I haven't had as much time to write. Sad face.

But, I had a happy face when I added up my totals for the month. I ran a little less than June, and I didn't swim at all, but I biked, lifted weights, AND practiced yoga more this month. I'll count that as a win x 3.

Run: 100.1 miles this month, in 17 total runs. This makes 6 out of 7 months so far this year I've hit 100. Yay all around! This was almost all shorter runs between 3-7 or so miles; I only had one double digit run of 12.5 miles early in the month. Since I'm not training for anything distance-wise it just hasn't been a priority. I did make it to track twice for the first time in maybe years, so that's awesome.

Bike: 9 times, 6 on the trainer and 3 on the road. This was a significant increase from June trainer time, from 3 to 6 sessions. Hilariously, my road miles increased by a whopping 1 mile, from 102 road miles in June to 103 in July. I was also happy to make my second goal of riding outside three times, taking advantage of a popular route being closed to car traffic on Saturdays.

Weights: 7 sessions this month, in a mix of videos, barre classes, and my own heavy/body weight routine. This was also an increase from last month from 5 sessions. 7 is just about twice per week which was a goal, so yay!

Yoga: I actually did some yoga this month! It was about an hour and a half overall in 5 quick, solo sessions. It's a big increase from zero last month so I'll take it.

Overall I worked out 38 times for just over 38 hours. Not a shabby average at all. Last month I did 30 sessions in about 35.5, so those quick yoga sessions did make a difference but accounted for most of the less-than-an-hour sessions.

For this month I want to keep up with my 100 running miles and 3 rides outside routine, while continuing to put in trainer time, lift twice per week when I can (I'm already not going to make twice this week), and yoga. I want to work toward a 5K PR, since I've never raced an open 5K, but I haven't decided yet if I have to do it at a race. (Because, you know, it's hot in Michigan in August.)

I was seriously thinking about quitting swimming all together but had an inspired moment today and ordered myself a bunch of new swim gear to get myself back in the pool. I also sent an email to someone who organized a master's group that isn't TOO far from my office. So, "Get comfortable swimming again" is on my goal list as well.

TL;DR: July wasn't that bad and I hope August doesn't suck, either.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Week in review July 24-30: A solid summer week of training

Last week wasn’t bad at all. I logged some great running miles, had a decent outdoor bike ride, and lifted weights twice. I even squeezed in some yoga.

The weather was good all week and I managed to do at least something small every day, mostly outside. Other than not making it to the pool yet again (it’s now been over a month), I’m happy with my training. Heck, I’m happy any time I can get in 10 hours of training; these days, 10 hours is a great week.

One reason I got ahead of the game was I didn't do any training last Sunday, so I hit Monday hard with a track workout. I ended up running five times last week, which was an oddity. But, that track workout was my only non-easy run, so I don't think it was too hard on my body.
A lot of running but some decent other stuff, too.
Anyway, it was:

Run: Five times, all on the road, for 30 miles even in a sliver less than 4:45. I had a dilemma over whether to run an extra 0.1 miles for the month to hit 30, and my Type A-ness won out for the even 30. I saw a few 400s at a pace beginning with 7 on the track, so that was reassuring!

Bike: One easy spin on the trainer and one 35-mile road ride for almost 3 hours total. It was getting late and I almost called my ride at 30 for fear of traffic, but I was feeling good and managed to STILL be done before the road opened back up, so I made the right call.

Weights: One Jillian Michaels video mid-week and one heavy/body routine Saturday for 2 hours or so total. I really tried to challenge myself both times, do full pushups, not fake my squats, use challenging weight, etc. I definitely felt both of these.

Yoga: 20 minutes on my own Sunday evening while watching Game of Thrones.

Total: 10 sessions in about 10.25 hours. Something every day and three days doing two things. Wow!

I can't do everything, but I did a decent amount. I'm happy with the week. Now, let's get that momentum swinging into another strong week.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Second July goal met: 100 running miles (kind of)

At least 100 miles for the last 6 out of 7 months.
I try to add up my weekly and especially monthly running mile totals a few days ahead of time so if I'm close to a goal, usually 100 miles for the month or 30 for the week, I can do an extra half mile here and there to bring me closer to that total. I had a bit of a dilemma yesterday when I was at 95.6 miles for July but 25.5 for the week.

So, do I run 4.4 miles for an even 100 for the month but 29.9 for the week, or 4.5 miles for 100.1 for the month but an even 30 for the week?

In the end I decided I would rather be a little over one number than a little under another, so 4.5 it was. I got up early today and knocked it out before my morning errands. It was slow and boring and a little sore, but I got it done.

That makes 6 out of 7 months for the year where I hit at least 100. Yay me! I have no real reason for 100 miles as a goal other than it's a nice, attainable round number. It's challenging but not so hard that it leaves me overtrained and/or injured.

I'll enjoy the rest day tomorrow but I'm back to it August 1.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

First July goal met: Biking

I was running late, and almost cut it short, but I was happy to bike 35 miles outside in the beautiful fresh air and sunshine.

This makes three rides outside for the month, which was my goal for July.
It was a beautiful day!
I have a wedding next Saturday, so I have no idea how many Saturdays I'll be riding outside for August. But if the weather is as beautiful and if I'm as feeling as good as I was today, hopefully a lot.

Hopefully you had as good a time training as I did today. Happy riding!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Why did the turtle cross the road?

I helped a turtle cross the road today on my run! It was super cool.
Not the actual turtle, but you get the idea.
I was minding my own business on the running trail and I happened to see a big ol' turtle trying to cross the road. I yelled at him to stop (lol), stashed my water, hopped over the guardrail, and tried to make myself obvious so I wouldn't get hit by traffic. When there was a break in the cars, I grabbed him (he was heavy!) and moved him across the road in the direction he was going, just like you're supposed to.

Of course, he peed on me, and of course, I got a look of "What is that crazy girl doing?" from a guy cycling by, but I am happy to report both the turtle and I made it safely across the street. After I turned around and headed back there was no trace of him so I consider it a success.

It wasn't until after he was safely across the road that I thought, "Uh, I hope that wasn't a snapping turtle!"

Monday, July 24, 2017

Week in review July 17-23: A mildly disappointing week

Not going to lie: I’m not super happy with how this week shook out. I had some small victories, but I had low volume across the board, felt like I only did the bare minimum, and had two days of doing absolutely nothing training-wise.

The weather wasn’t great, so one run got bumped down to a short treadmill run, and I didn’t ride outside Saturday. I rearranged my day yesterday to attend a friend’s party – which was a great time! – but that meant I didn’t get to do a long run or lift weights.

I don’t even remember what I did Wednesday after work. I probably laid on the couch feeling sorry for myself.

BUT there was some good in the week, too. I rallied through not feeling great Monday and went to track for the first time in probably years. It was a short workout, but it was better than the whole lot of nothing I really wanted to do.

I decided my TrainerRoad workouts were too easy and retested my FTP, coming in at 15 watts higher and probably where I needed to be in the first place.

On the day I ran on the treadmill because I just couldn’t deal with the heat and humidity I made it a double by following up with a weights video.

I ran outside when it was in the 90s and yeah, it was hot, but I did fine.

I actually did do some reading, relaxing, breakfast with a friend, and gardening so while there were two days I did no training, I was still taking care of myself. And I did a LOT of food prep yesterday (my main Sunday time suck) to get ready for this coming week.

I am bummed about the low running and weight lifting volume and the lack of swimming, yoga, and pre-hab. But working, eating and sleeping has to take priority.

I guess that’s enough complaining. By the numbers, last week was:
Bike, run, lift, have existential crisis.
Bike: Twice, both on the trainer, for about 27 “miles” in 2.5 hours. This was one, 1-hour weekday ride and one, 1.5-hour Saturday ride while it was 723 degrees, 200% humidity,* and threatening rain.

Run: Three times: once mostly on the track, once on the treadmill, and once on the road for 13.5 miles in about 2.25 hours. This was my lowest-volume week since the last time I was out of town.

Weights: Just one video for a bit longer than an hour.

Total: 6 sessions in a bit shorter than 6 hours.

They can’t all be high-volume weeks, I guess. I’m going to call this a retroactive recovery week and be optimistic about this week to come. At least I'll be well-rested!

*I may be exaggerating a tiny bit.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

This week's training good news and bad news

I made it to track Monday night. By "made it" I mean I didn't want to go, procrastinated, got there late (to be fair they have a "come when you can" policy), barely did the prescribed workout, and had to leave early. I was about 5 seconds away from bailing completely so I'm counting those 4 miles as a victory.
But at least I made it.
I’m still very new to Trainer Road and am figuring out all the features and quirks. After I did my first 20-minute FTP test to see how hard my effort should be, I noticed that my target power felt a little easy on the subsequent rides. I slacked off was a bit too conservative during that test, it appears.

So I sucked it up and did the 8-minute test earlier this week. I really tried to pace as well as I could for those two 8-minute stretches, and it felt hard but doable. The result is my new FTP is 15 points? Degrees? higher. (You can see in the graphic what my goal was and what I actually rode at.) Of course, that means my workouts are going to be harder from now on. But, I’m not going to improve by slacking off.
My actual FTP is cropped out because it's too embarrassing.
I have been putting out work fires all week and after work yesterday I had to hit the grocery store and then take the mutts for their walks. It was coming up to 7 o'clock and I still had to make dinner AND prep lunches for the next two days, and I just decided then and there, F it. Yoga pants got put on instead of workout pants. And the sad thing was I STILL got to bed too late even though I didn't work out at all!

I got home late-ish again today but I had the benefit of already having tomorrow's lunch ready to go and a simple meal planned (countertop grill and microwave veggie steamer for the win!). It was in the 90s and I didn't want to deal with the heat so I rallied for 3 miles on the treadmill and a weights video. (Why does my 65-minute video feel SOOOOO much longer than my 55-minute video?) I didn't wrap up until almost 9 but seriously, doing anything this week has been an accomplishment.

Now I'm heading to bed way too late once again, but at least tomorrow is Friday.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Week in review June 10-16: Light running, decent biking, and a fun 5K

Running was light this week since I swapped out a couple runs for easy runs with my husband, but it still ended up being a good week with two sessions each of biking, weights, and yoga.

I lost Monday to a hair appointment but managed doubles (if you count short solo yoga sessions) Wednesday through Saturday. The only training I did Sunday was a 5K, which was super fun and close to home. I spend the rest of the day relaxing, prepping food for the week, and psyching myself up for season 7 of Game of Thrones. Totally worth it.

I’m way ahead of the halfway point for my 100 running miles in July goal, so it was nice to have a chill weekend with nothing more than an easy 5K. It worked out that I biked more than I ran this week as a result. Also, I still haven’t made it to the pool this month. When I’m short on time, I go for what’s easy: to zip out for a quick run or hop on my trainer. I’m not signed up for any races, so I'm really lacking motivation to get to the pool. I'll get there... eventually... maybe.
About a third bike, a third run, and a third other.
By the numbers:

Bike: Twice, once on the trainer and one 35-mile road ride, for about 46 miles in about 3:11.

Run: Four times, all on the road, for just under 19 miles in a bit longer than 3 hours. This included two hot runs on my own and two slower runs with my husband. It was nice to have a cutback week.

Weights: Twice, one video and one barre class. I went to barre before my usual Saturday ride and it was nice to change it up.

Yoga: Twice on my own for 35 minutes total.

Total: 10 sessions (!) in about 8 hours, 43 minutes. Not bad.

It wasn't a perfect week, but I can't complain. Here's hoping we have good weather so I can have another good week.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Pure Detroit 5K 2017 Race Report

We ran a 5K this morning! It was super fun, close to home, and a beautiful day to get out and move our legs.

This is the second year for the race, and we've done it both years (last year's report here). It had a "brunch start" of 9 a.m. (I think it was 10 a.m. last year), which was the perfect time for us to get up at a not unreasonable hour, take the mutts out, have something to eat, and head over. We had a parking spot already lined up, so we picked up our bibs and took our shirts back to the car with plenty of time to walk around and people watch.

It was 70 degrees and a bit humid but not bad. The organizers counted us down right at 9 a.m. and we headed off. The course was about a mile north from the New Center neighborhood to Boston-Edison, down Chicago Boulevard for a bit to gape at the mansions, and back. We kept a pretty good pace for my husband, with a sub-10 for mile 3 and a kick for the finish. Yay!

Last year the course was short so I was happy to see we crossed the finish line in exactly 3.1. And we took home some pretty cool swag:
Cool shirt and glass.
We weren't setting any records today, but it was a nice day and the race was for a good cause. We were back home before 10:15 and cooking a breakfast feast before too long:
First I run, then I eat.
If you raced today, I hope it was great!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Something different on a Saturday

On Saturdays I usually sleep in a little, go out to or make a leisurely breakfast, and hit the farmer's market. When the weather is nice I try to go for a bike ride, and if it's not I try to ride on the trainer. If I have time, I'll do my routine of heavy weights.

Today, though, was the three-year anniversary of the barre studio I attend occasionally. To celebrate, they were hosting a giveaway and serving mimosas after class. Heck yes!
One for me, please.
After a stop at the market I had a snack and headed out for a bike ride. It was warm and breezy, but not hot, and the humidity was tolerable. I had enough time to do 35 nice miles on the road closed to traffic, and didn't have to dodge too many swerving people or kids. It ended up being pretty fast for me and I didn't have to carry my bike around any flooding like I did last week.
I accidentally took this trying to take a selfie! Hahahahahaha!
Bonus: I was done with everything by about 3 p.m. so I got to hang out in the garden with my husband and the mutts for a while, picking basil and trimming tomatoes.

It felt good to try something different and it ended up being a nice Saturday.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Week in review June 3-9: A holiday, running, and some yoga too

A decent week.
I’m a day late and always at least a dollar short. But, here’s last week’s review anyway.

I wasn’t expecting great things so I was pleasantly surprised when I added up all my totals. I had a good start to the week with Monday and Tuesday off for the holiday, and I got in two sessions each day (even though a lot of that was easy stuff).

I used all my available brainpower Thursday at work and was incapable of doing anything afterward, so I just relaxed and ordered in dinner. Saturday was another day of getting in one solid thing (in this case, a ride outside) and my brain was just NOPE for the rest of the day. Plus, it was gorgeous outside, and I was much better off going out somewhere with a patio rather than be mad I was lifting weights inside. In retrospect, I should have done a quick video as a compromise – oh well.

I am bummed that I already fell short on two of my monthly goals: Swim once a week and lift weights twice a week. I didn’t make it to the pool last week and I only went to one barre class. I’m going to have to amend that goal to “most weeks” so I don’t dwell on it and give up completely.

It was wonderful having a three-day work week. I thought about going out to ride my bike at the state park during one of the holiday days off, but it was hot and would have been insane with traffic, which I didn’t want to deal with. Regardless, it was a nice mix of relaxation, training, and doing boring adult stuff.

By the numbers:

Run: Four times, all on the road, for 28.75 miles in about 4.75 hours. This included a fun 4-miler with my husband on July 4. He’s an on-and-off runner so I was proud of him for doing 4 without any problems. This also included an aborted 5K time trial because it was just too dang hot – I made it about 0.66 miles before I was about to lose my lunch – and a decent 12.5-miler Sunday. I need to do another long run route besides laps of my neighborhood, but driving somewhere is a layer of logistics I just don’t want to deal with when I already have errands and everything else to do on Sundays.

Bike: Twice, once on the trainer and once on the road, for 40-ish miles in a bit less than three hours. My road ride was very interesting dealing with flooded roads and my trainer ride was a nice, easy-ish recovery spin.

Weights: Just one barre class on the Fourth for about an hour. I don’t know what we did differently that day but my glutes hurt for at least all of the next day.

Yoga: Yay, I did some yoga! Just two quick solo sessions for about 35 minutes total, but at least I did something.

Total: Nine sessions for about 9:11. Not bad.

I gave up training yesterday for a hair appointment (ugh more adulting stuff) and it’s threatening rain today, but I think I’m going to risk it. It’s a bummer having to work five days this week, so I have to make the most of the time I do have, right?

Sunday, July 9, 2017

People (and my Garmin) are jerks

In the last two weeks or so, I've run into a bunch of athlete jerks:

- The guy who declined to share a lane with me. I would have just climbed in, but in the second I stood there stunned someone got out of their lane so I just moved over. I'm rarely without a bitchy comeback so this was notable, haha.

- The cyclist who refused to shut her car door so I could park next to her and go for a run. WTF??? I ended up saying something snotty like, "It's fine, I'll just park all the way over there," mostly because I didn't want to give her an excuse to key my paint job.

- The family who parked their catering van blocking the entire parking lot of a popular trailhead for cyclists and runners. I get you reserved the pavilion, and I get you are expecting guests for your party, but you don't get the whole fricking park. Joke's on them, because I parked out of the way under a tree and my car stayed nice and cool.

- The idiot who pulled his bike PERPENDICULAR DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF ME while I was riding on a popular trail yesterday. To be fair, I yelled an obnoxious "Excuuuuuuuse meeeeeeee!" to which he responded, "It's not my fault!" OK, that's right, the bike became possessed by a spirit that forced you to pull directly in front of me and stop. Sure.

- And then my Garmin 305, which I've had for almost 7 years, decided to stop picking up satellites and started lapping miles at random times. I did a factory reset and it seems to be behaving a bit better, but now I have to remember to set all my auto laps and all that jazz. I lost a couple mile splits today because I had somehow set it to multisport mode. I mean, it's 7 years old. Since I JUST got a 25 for my bike and my Swim works fine, I would actually consider downgrading to a simpler 10. Although having the Bluetooth on my 25 is super nice.

Ugh! Here's hoping this coming week has fewer jerks.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

This made for an interesting bike ride

I've been feeling blah and unmotivated but today was absolutely gorgeous weather after storms yesterday evening, and I knew I'd regret it if I didn't get out for at least a short ride. So off I went.

Less than a tenth of a mile into the day, I saw this:
Oh, crap.

I had to hike up a hill, carry my bike over the guardrail, cross an intersection, and do the same thing in reverse. Another couple of miles up the way, another flood.

There was only one more but that was shallow enough to ride through, so I did. I ended up doing laps of the section with the most distance between flood waters, and it worked out fine. A few hours later the last flood had mostly receded and the second one had receded enough to ride through, so I only had to haul my bike up and down an overpass once on the way back.
water water water
It definitely made things interesting. I hope no one was planning serious training today.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Week in review June 26-July 2: Run, ride, rest

Last week got off to a slow start with me taking Monday and Tuesday off work to celebrate Detroit and Windsor's joint International Freedom Festival and boat up and down the Detroit River with my in-laws. Monday was a full day off training, and I only did an easy run Tuesday before spending the rest of the day picking up my dogs, going grocery shopping, prepping food, and otherwise getting ready for the short work week.
I love this city...
I had good intentions to do a double one day during the work week by tacking on a weights video after a run or trainer ride, but I just couldn't summon the energy. I did get to leave work early Friday for another long weekend, which meant I got to do a decent speed run before the storms came through. Hooray!

Saturday morning was a little too leisurely with breakfast out and a trip to the market with my husband and one of our friends, so I didn't end up riding outside. I did do a two-hour trainer ride and my routine of heavy/body weights, although it was a struggle. That was something I had to mentally force myself to do and I'm glad I did, but man, I had no motivation. I did binge-watch the new season of Kimmy Schmidt while I was lifting and crunching.

Yesterday I had a smallish window in which to run before we headed out of town for a wedding. I squeezed in 9 miles before noon, when I absolutely had to be back home in the shower to be ready in time. I was so mad with myself when I ended up JUST under an hour and a half for that run and JUST under 30 miles for the week. But my husband reminded me, "Not every number has to be perfectly even." Ha!
Not pictured: Butt-sitting time.
By the numbers, it worked out to be:

Run: Four times, all on the road, for 29.75 miles (grrr) in about 4:45. This is actually a pretty speedy average for me, helped along by my 1-mile pickups speed run Friday during which I actually had to stop on the last fast mile so I didn't barf, haha. According to DailyMile it was the fifth fastest run during the past year, which is equal parts depressing that I've been so slow for the past year and uplifting that maybe I'm getting a bit speedier again.

Bike: Twice, both on the trainer, for 3 hours total. Both TrainerRoad rides and nothing out of the ordinary.

Weights: One round of my body/heavy routine in a bit longer than an hour, not counting all the Kimmy Schmidt watching between sets.

Total: 7 sessions in a bit less than 9 hours. Nothing to complain about.

I have another short work week this week but it's not looking like I'll do anything strenuous today -- there may be some barbecues and gardening in my future. I'm already booked for a barre class tomorrow and would like to run a few easy miles, but I'd also like to sit on my butt, watch TV, and read.

Happy Independence Day to my American friends!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

June in review: Not bad running and biking

Approximate hours of training for June.
I have been forcing myself to go to bed at a decent hour these past few nights even though I'm on an amazing, fantastic, well-deserved four-day weekend right now. Last week wasn't anything out of the ordinary, but it never hurts to catch up on sleep. I was able to finish the month strong for run and bike and not bad for lifting and swimming.

The goals I solidly accomplished were:

Run 100 miles — I actually did 105. Yay!

Bike outside at least three times — I rode outside three times Yay!

The goals I semi-accomplished were:

Lift twice per week — Almost. I ended up doing five full rounds in seven sessions (breaking up my heavy/body routine into two parts, twice). I did well with doing a weights video or barre class during the week for the first half of month, but that fell off.

Swim once per week — Almost. I made it to the pool three times. 

The goals I didn't accomplish at all were:

Actually do yoga — nothing. Boo.

Actually do glutes/core/prehab — nothing. Boo.

Find time to relax, catch up on my shows, learn a new crochet stitch — I think I read two magazines all month, so I'm counting that as a nothing. Boo.

This is a slight increase in volume from May, which wasn't really a goal. But, it's always nice to log a solid month with a bit of volume increase. Plus, I was out of town here and there during June, so the fact that I missed most of a weekend and a few random days to travel and family, and still got in decent training, makes me happy.

I'd like to continue the routine of 100 miles running, 3 rides outside, lifting twice a week, and swimming once per week in July. We get five weekends this month but I've already been slacking and did NOT ride outside yesterday, and don't plan on a true long run today before we head out of town for a wedding. But, I hope to make up some of it tomorrow and Tuesday over the holiday to get the month off to a good start.

Friday, June 30, 2017

100+ running miles for June!

Not going to lie, it wasn't looking great that I would hit 100 running miles for June. At the halfway point of the month I was only at about 35 miles.

But I rallied and added a half mile to my weekday runs here and there and got two 12-milers in these past two Sundays. I missed two long runs early in the month, recovering from traveling home from out of town the first weekend and spending time with family at an event the second.

As it turns out, those half miles here and there weren't necessary. I was keeping a close eye on my run totals and finished Wednesday's 6.5-miler at 97.75 total. But who goes for a 2.25-mile run? Not crazy runners like me, haha. So I went out for 7.25 so I could end on a nice, round 105 for the month.
Five for six this year!
(My backup plan was to do 2.25 on the treadmill if it was raining today, but I was able to sneak out of work early and beat the rainstorm. Hooray!)

I really have no desire to do more than 100 per month these days (January and February were high because of the Gasparilla Ultra Challenge) and my bad knee is a bit tender, but knowing that I can have a solid second half of the month is a good feeling.

Plus: July has five weekends, which means five opportunities for Sunday long runs. Bonus! I have a wedding this Sunday so it will be nice to have an extra few days to make up mileage here and there.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Week in review June 19-25: Another great double-digit volume week

I'm on a boat! It's the day of the Freedom Festival Fireworks, when Detroit and Windsor celebrate together our victories from the tyranny of the British (mwa ha ha!). I squeezed in my long run yesterday between mini-vacation errands and dropping the mutts off at my parents (one of my dogs is terrified of fireworks), and have been hanging out on my parents-in-law's boat for the day. It's been great and great recovery, too.

I did consider a swim in the pool at the club where they are docked, but it is seriously brisk today. It only broke in to the 70s for a short while. I could have used some of this cooler weather earlier in the week while I was trying to run ... sigh. I actually had to bust out socks and a sweatshirt while we were on the water today.

I tacked on an extra half mile here and there to my runs last week to get me closer to my goal of 100 miles for the fifth month this year, so I had a slightly higher run volume than the week before.
Run, run, run!
By the numbers, last week was:

Run: Four times, all on the road, for 32.75 miles in about 5:19. This is about an additional mile in about 5 additional minutes compared to last week, which I assume is because it was a bit cooler this past week.

Bike: Twice, one trainer ride and one road ride, for 45.5 "miles" (35 miles on the road and an hour on the trainer) in about 3:16. It has been windy, windy, windy on my road ride days which makes for some interesting 5-mile splits.

Weights: Only once this week, my heavy/body routine in two parts, for about 2:20 total. I have been saving my squats and lunges for after my long run instead of the day before and potentially tiring out my legs. I just ran out of time this week and couldn't squeeze in a weights video or barre class one day after work, bummer.

Swim: Once in the indoor pool for 2050 meters in an hour. I was trying to do 2100 to make up for a 1900 earlier this season, when I cut it early due to a killer calf cramp, but this time I got kicked out of the pool for lightning. Ugh! One lap to go!

Total: Nine sessions in just less than 11 hours. Wow! Not bad at all.

I took a personal day from work tomorrow, too, so I'm hoping to get in an easy run before picking up the mutts and doing all my usual Sunday errands on a Tuesday. I have next Monday and Tuesday off work as well (Hooray!) so I am hoping to get in a few two-a-days with the extra time off. We'll see if the weather and wind cooperate.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

First monthly goal accomplished!

I wanted to ride outside three times this month, once each weekend I wasn't out of town. The cycling gods played nicely and today I did my third ride outside.
Three decent rides outside this month.
That works out to 30 slow, hot and windy miles; 37 windy, hot and humid miles; and 35 slow and windy miles. Sense a pattern here?

It was a beautiful day and I made sure to be thankful I was outside doing something fun with my healthy body, but DANG. That wind.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Week in review June 12-18: My highest volume in a long time

The good news is I hit all my major workout goals last week: Four runs for 30+ miles, two weights sessions, two bikes, and one swim.

The bad news is I still couldn't squeeze in any yoga or pre-hab. I just plum ran out of time with workouts every day after work, a two-a-day on Saturday, and getting to my long run a bit later than I would have liked on Sunday before several hours of food prep. My swim Friday was also a bummer as I started freaking out in the pool and had to resort to kick sets.

But, I blew past that elusive 10-hour barrier with 11:45 of training this week. Flipping through my logs, the last time I did this much volume may have been last June. Wow! I am definitely feeling it today, but it didn't seem too much during the week. I felt like I was more limited by time than by physical limitations. I don't expect to do this every week, but once in a while feels pretty good.
A great week for volume!
By the numbers, it was:

Run: Four times, all on the road, for 31.5 miles in about 5:14. This included three easy runs on hot days and a slower-than-I-would-have-liked long run on a hot-ish, windy day. I'm not sure how much of the slow long run was cumulative fatigue and how much was the heat, but it probably was at least a little of both. I stopped and had water as needed all through the week and tried not to worry about pace.

Bike: Twice, one trainer ride and one road ride, for 48.8 miles (11.8 trainer "miles" plus 37 road miles) in about 3:25. I finally gave TrainerRoad a try and was pretty humbled. My road ride was good, not great — it was another hot and windy day and my speed wasn't that high as a result.  But I tried to be thankful that I was out there.

Weights: Twice, one barre class and one heavy/body routine in two parts (I wanted to save my squats and lunges for after my long run, so I did them Sunday), for about 2:20. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

Swim: Once in the pool for an estimated 2000 meters of kick sets in about 45 minutes. I guess the good that came out of this is that I didn't get out and give up. Plus, I practiced flip turns for a bit; I succeeded at somersaulting upside down and occasionally reaching the wall with my feet, so I guess that's something?

Total: 10 sessions in just a hair less than 11:45. A great week!

I don't think I'll get quite as much in this week, but my main focus will be another high-mileage running week so I can hit 100 miles again this month. I'm a bit behind, but I think I can still pull it off. We'll see if the weather and humidity cooperate this week.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Training lows, highs and funny

I've done quite a bit of training this week, so I have plenty of stories.

Bummer No. 1: I finally connected to Trainer Road and did my first official workout this week, an hour session that included a 20-minute threshold test. It was... enlightening. All of my power levels are ridiculously low. So, while that means I have lots of room for improvement, it was still depressing to see. I was expecting low, but dang.

Bummer No. 2: I headed out after work yesterday to my beloved outdoor 25-meter pool, now open for the season. I waited for the storms to pass, suited up, got in, started swimming... and immediately felt the beginnings of a panic attack in my throat. I couldn't get a good breath and was starting to freak out. WHY is this still happening in the pool, of all places? Is it an outdoor thing? I am so frustrated. But, not wanting to give up and waste my time (because I'm nothing if not practical), I did kick sets for the next 45 minutes and practiced flip turns.
Pool I didn't really get to enjoy. =(
High No. 1: I worked out every day after work this week, twice on Wednesday, and have already ridden my bike and lifted weights today (Saturday). I am feeling good about all my training.
Trainer Road followed by barre on Wednesday.
High No. 2: I successfully swapped out my bike pedals before my ride today! I was warned that pedals were tricky but I was lucky (or maybe I just know my way around a wrench?) and didn't have any problems installing them.

Funny: After I installed my new pedals I wanted to make sure I had them set to the correct tension. For some reason, I was thinking tight meant that they could release quickly and easily. Spoiler alert: It doesn't. Testing my pedals in the dining room, this resulted in me locking my left foot into my pedal, losing my balance, being unable to unclip on the way down, and falling hard on the floor. I was fine and the bike was fine and now I have a funny story. I loosened them and didn't have any problems on my ride.

I wonder what adventures await me this week!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

My last couple runs have been a bit warm

Monday and yesterday I knew it was going to be beastly hot after work, but I headed out to run both days anyway. It’s (almost) summer in Michigan, it’s going to be hot.

Plus, the alternative is running early in the morning when the humidity is ridiculous, which I hate even more. Or running inside on the treadmill, which seems like sacrilege when I spend all winter whining about how cold it is.

I had a frozen bottle of water, I had sunscreen, and I had no speed goals. I was off!

Monday’s run actually wasn’t too bad. I stopped every 1.5-1.75 miles or so to drink, took an extended break at the halfway point at a water fountain in the shade, and kept it super easy. I felt fine and even managed a sub-10 minute per mile pace, which I was happy with.

Tuesday’s run felt more difficult. I stopped several times to drink, walk, and cool down, but I couldn’t make my legs go as fast as the day before. I didn’t push it, though, and ended up with a 10-second slower average. Eh, whatever.

Maybe I was still tired from the day before? Had there been more sun on the second day? Was I just feeling more blah? I also went to to check out the weather data (I fully admit I am a nerd when it comes to weather data) and saw that although the heat index was a few degrees cooler on Tuesday (87 degrees vs. 90 on Monday), the dewpoint was a smidge higher and the relative humidity was decently higher (48% Tuesday vs. 34% Monday). I am notoriously bad at running in the humidity, so although 48% doesn’t seem that high to me, 34% felt like the desert, by comparison.

Although, it really doesn't matter what the heat index or relative humidity was. It was hot, it will be hot for a while, and I need to acclimate so I can keep running in it all summer long.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Week in review June 5-11: Great start, disappointed in in the ending

A nice variety, and lots of lifting.
I kicked off last week with a bang: Not one, but TWO workouts on Monday: a run followed by a weights video. I had solid workouts Tuesday and Wednesday but, sadly, some situations popped up and I had to take a few days off training, resulting in a pretty pitiful week for running.

I knew I was going to lose most if not all of Sunday to a family event, but I got to hang out with both of my grandmothers for a while (and both are in their 80s!) and catch up with some cousins, so I’m not going to complain about that. More frustratingly, a side business situation popped up Thursday that lasted into Friday, and I didn’t get to train either day. I did get in a decent Saturday of training, but opted to take advantage of the street closed to traffic to bike on the road, and never did get in a third run. Grrrr.

As a result, I actually spent more time lifting weights than running. I don’t know if that’s ever happened before! By the numbers, it was:

Weights: Twice, one video and one round of my heavy/body routine, for about 2:15. Admittedly, sometimes I slack off a bit during weights videos, but this time I really focused on correct form and lunging/squatting/lifting enough to fatigue, and I definitely felt a difference. I also managed to do a few extra band-assisted chin-ups and pull-ups from last week, and my lat or whatever muscle (that one right behind the armpit) wasn’t sore for quite as long afterward this time.

Run: Twice (ugh), both on the road, for 13.75 miles in about 2:07. This was one easy run and one speedy run of half-mile repeats.

Bike: Once on the road for 30 miles in just longer than 2 hours, which, yes, means I was slower than 15 mph. WTH. There was crazy wind both out and back, and it was hot, but I didn’t feel bad. I have no idea what was going on. I tried to be thankful that I was outside in the fresh air and sunshine and able to move my body, but dang, that was slow even for me.

Swim: Once in the pool for 2000 meters in an hour. Again, slow. BUT, I really didn’t want to go and I forced myself, so that was a victory in itself. I also was on the verge of a foot cramp the whole time, but luckily it never evolved into a full cramp. I had made sure to drink pickle juice ahead of time, too. I’m not sure if I just need to get back in the pool more often to prevent these cramps, or what – I can’t eat bananas anymore but I do eat spinach, tomatoes and potatoes almost every day and those supposedly have even more potassium, so who knows??? So frustrating.

Total: 6 sessions in a bit less than 7.5 hours. Not terrible, but missing three training days really stings. This also means that almost half of my training for the week was done on Saturday. Well, I guess that’s what happens when you have to work for a living, right?

Even though it was in the 90s today and probably tomorrow too, I started off this week with a run and I am hoping to carry that momentum into the rest of the week. I will hit double-digit hours training one of these weeks, high temps be darned!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A belated but quick May in review

May training by minutes.
May wasn’t a bad month. The good: I hit 100 miles running, biked outside a few times, and even got in the pool twice.

The mediocre: Weight lifting was OK. The room-for-improvement: I only yoga’d once, and I didn’t do any pre-hab. At all. All month. Ugh.

I did log a few more sessions and a bit more time overall from April, so that is a bit of additional good news. I didn’t do any races, but I ended the month uninjured, so I'll accept that success.

Overall, it was:

Run: 14 times, 2 on the treadmill and 12 on the road, for 100 miles in just quicker than 16 hours. Not bad! That's exactly the same number of sessions and miles as in April, in about 3 fewer minutes. So, an increase in my overall pace by about a second, haha. And I'm happy to hit my goal mileage of 100 for the month once again.

Bike: 6 times, 3 on the trainer and 3 on the road for about 78 actual miles, in just quicker than 9 hours. (I'm still not sure how I'm going to track trainer "miles.") This is the same number of overall sessions as April, but I didn't get outside last month, so that is a win. I didn't make my goal of biking twice per week average but I did get outside one more time than my goal, so yay me!

Weights: 4 sessions (one was a heavy/body routine broken into two) in about 3.25 hours. This is EXACTLY what I did in April: one barre class, one weights video, and one heavy/body routine done over two days. My goal was to lift twice per week, so I have room to improve here.

Swim: Yay! I swam! Twice! I didn't swim at all last month (or, um, yet this year) so the bar was pretty low for May. I managed 3500 meters in two sessions in about 1.75 hours, yes it's slow but whatever. I wanted to do once per week, so I'll make that my goal for June.

Yoga: Only once for 15 minutes. Really?!? Ugh. I can't let this slack for June.

Pre-hab: Nothing. Again, Really?!? Ugh. I can't let this slack for June.

Overall: 27 sessions in just longer than 30 hours. An average of an hour almost every day is not bad! That's three more sessions and 3.5 more hours, so I'll take the overall improvement.

Not bad, not great, room to improve. Pretty much the definition of being mediocre.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Weeks in review May 22-28 and May 29-June 4: Two for the price of one

I haven’t forgotten about my little corner of the blogworld. I headed out of town for a road trip last Monday afternoon, and just got back into town Saturday night. My husband was out of town the weekend before, so I wanted to spend a BIT of time with him Monday morning since I’m married to him, and all.

His being out of town did have a few benefits. I could train without worrying about him, make whatever I wanted for dinner and eat the same thing two days in a row, and get up early Sunday and run my final 7.75 miles to make 100 for the month again! Yay me! (We usually do a leisurely breakfast on Sundays.) I couldn’t go too far away from home, as I still had the mutts to worry about, but I got a decent amount of training in.

But since I was literally sitting in a car or on a plane for the vast majority of last week, I got very little training in. I did bring my yoga strap, and the hotels I stayed at had fitness centers, but, sadly, we always arrived late and tired and hit the road too early. Oh well — I’m not going to lie, it was kind of nice to have a week to not worry about training at all!

So, here’s two for the price of one:
Not a shabby week at all.
Week of May 22-28

Run: Four times, all on the road, for 27.6 miles in about 4 hours, 24 minutes. This included a couple of easy mid-week runs, my first track run in a long time Friday, and a “long” run of 7.75 miles Sunday morning to make 100 for the month.

Bike: One trainer ride of 12 “miles” and one road ride of 35 miles in about 3:15 total. I was frustrated with my trainer ride because I really want to use virtual power through TrainerRoad and I was at the end of my free trial month. I emailed customer support, who got back to me very quickly, and we determined that I need an ANT+ adapter in addition to my phone and Gamin devices already having Bluetooth. So, I sucked it up and ordered everything necessary and let my free month to continue into a paid month. Worst case scenario I’m out $12 for the month, and I’ve definitely spent more on stupider things.

My road ride was amazing. It was a beautiful day and since it was my third ride on my new (to me) road bike, I finally felt comfortable riding a bit faster. I feel like two hours is a good amount of time for me to spend on “long” rides and runs when I’m not really training for anything specific, and I was able to log 35 miles in about 2:10 (I have to end on a round number, or else). Hardly Cat 1 speed, but good for me this early in the year, anyway.

With the batch of TrainerRoad accessories I also ordered another of the same set of bike pedals I have on my tri bike. I was literally walking out the door to ride when I realized I had my bike cleats, but still hadn’t swapped out my cage pedals. That would have been an interesting ride! I figured if I have the same pedal, I can use the same shoe and never have to worry about it again.

Weights: I went through my heavy/body routine in two parts in about 1:20 total, which ended up being not only my exciting Friday night, but my exciting Saturday night, too. I think I watched Chef’s Table and took my time, gave belly rubs to the mutts between sets, etc. The usual. I knew I would get through my heavy/body routine on the weekend so I didn’t make barre or a video a mid-week priority.

Swim: I also got in the pool once this week, logging 1900 meters in about 56 minutes. Yes, I realize this is slow but it’s the third? second? time this year I’ve been in the pool. I am so mad about the 1900 meters — I got a foot cramp with two cool down laps to go and I figured I didn’t want to risk it. It hurt so bad I couldn’t even do those laps with a kickboard. Ouch, ouch, ouch.

Total: 9 sessions in 9 hours, 55 minutes. I didn’t realize I was so close to 10 hours! I REALLY need to start adding up my totals Sunday afternoons. I totally would have (and absolutely should have) done 10 minutes of yoga to get me to the 10-hour mark.

Week of May 29-June 4

Absolutely nothing from Monday through Saturday. Monday (Memorial Day here in the U.S.) my husband and I went out to a nice breakfast and walked around downtown and the Riverwalk for a bit, but that was casual strolling. I had already hit my 100 running miles for the month, so I did all the last-minute packing and prepping for my trip instead.

I flew out Monday and Tuesday through Thursday I was on my butt in the car. I did a tiny bit of walking around Friday, but didn’t even bring my running clothes on this trip, and really didn’t have time to run, anyway. Saturday was a long travel day and I got home late and too tired to do anything.

I did run for 6.25 miles in just longer than an hour on Sunday, so that's my total for the week. I didn't want to do a "long" run after a week off and I had a lot of stuff to do anyway to prep for my return back to real life, but I'm glad I got in something.

I am already off to a good start today so hopefully a week from tonight I'll have another great week in review to share. Until then, let's see what the next few days bring.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

100 running miles for May!

I got up early and knocked out 7.75 miles to begin the day. Not going to lie — it wasn't my best run.

It was already kind of humid, and I'm not acclimated yet. My legs were still tired from a long ride and lifting heavy yesterday. And it was the first time I'd run early in months, so it was hard to get moving. My second mile beeped over at 10:0something, my slowest solo mile in a while.

BUT... I did it. And I even managed to run the last 1.75 a bit faster than the rest. So, minor success.
100 miles again!
And best of all, that run made 100 miles for the month. Hooray! I'm 4 for 5 this year. This feels like a good number of miles to shoot for per month — high enough to be challenging, not so high I end up injured (knock wood).

I'm out of town starting tomorrow so I don't expect to get in much, if any, training this week. Honestly, I am looking forward to a bit of a break after a full weekend.

Friday, May 26, 2017

First time on the track in a while!

I was out for a run this afternoon near a local college campus. I wanted to do some kind of speed work, and had just done a 5K time trial last week, so was thinking half-mile pickups.

UNTIL.... I saw the track's gate was open! I can't even remember the last time I ran on a track — it's been at least a couple of years. There was no one there to tell me to leave, so I enjoyed 10 quarter-mile pickups (well, as much as you can enjoy them) every other lap. I didn't really have a goal pace, just "faster."

I also enjoyed the GPS in my Garmin Connect after the fact:
Around and around and around and around and around...
I loved how squishy the surface was, and it was nice to change it up a bit. I really should find a track to run on more often! Maybe it will inspire me to do more speed work, haha.