You know how getting up at the crack of dawn is a life affirming jolt of energy when the sun is just starting to rise in the summer? Well this week has been a fight to keep the dark side away! The dark of the early morning that is. My mornings are getting darker and I’m struggling big time to be motivated to get up early and work out. With no races on my schedule, so no real reason to get my running done early, I fight to justify if being tired and losing a bit of sleep is worth it. My family stays up late, and I am out of schedule. I mean, am I doing my body more good by sleeping in, or working out?? Feeling run down is not a good feeling. I need to find a better balance!
A little less activity this week because I had to work all week. Yep, a “normal” work week of 5 days vs my 2 1/2 summer days. Ugh (life is tough, right. haha!!). 27 miles running, 30 miles biking.
Mon – 4 miles running. What a sweaty run! I had planned on going farther, but with some scheduling issues I just got 4 done. And with this humidity and temps, 4 was good enough!
Tues – Bootcamp w/ 2 miles running. Another dark morning at bootcamp! So now I get to see the moon, stars, AND the sunrise during this hour. Oh joy.
It was another fun bike ride at Ladies Ride Night. That’s me in the right corner in black 🙂 We rode 17 miles and enjoyed some snacks and drinks afterwards. An all around great summer night! As I mentioned earlier, with that pre-dawn workout on Tues morning, by the time Tues night rolls around I feel like it’s already the end of the week because I’m spent!
Weds – 3.5 miles running. When my alarm went off at 5:30, I was just too tired to get up for our Daybreak Divas group, so I went back to bed 🙂 I figured I wasn’t getting any benefit by wearing myself out when I needed the sleep. I eventually got out for 3.5 miles before work.
I had a Girls Night with my daughter. We went shopping, out to dinner, and picked flowers. Our bouquet turned out really good! I never knew I could make sure a pretty bouquet out of wildflowers.
Thurs – 6 miles running. Still feeling like I didn’t get enough sleep, but decided to get out there anyways. I also attempted some speedwork. Nothing really planned, but worked in a few 800m and 400m intervals. I was between 8:24-8:31, so that was good enough to make me happy. I haven’t done speedwork since March so I wasn’t expecting much. Phew, exhausting. I did sign up to be a sub coach for our local Dave’s Running fall training program, so I figured I need to get used to running some intervals in case they need me for track night soon! gulp.
We had a Zoom meeting with the coaches for the Dave’s Running Fall Training plan. We got to see the new software for the online training. It’s really cool! I’m looking forward to using it.
Fri – Bootcamp w/ 1.5 miles running. We mixed it up this morning and did less stairs and running, but more cardio in place. Huge struggle to get up the early dark this morning, despite getting to bed early. Did get to enjoy a peaceful sunrise at 5:45, and stumble around in the dark for a bit as we started our workout.
A friend passed by and caught us mid jumping jack (me on the far left in the picture). Too funny!
Friday night 12 mile ride with the boys. We took out bikes out to a flat trail which I used to run on a lot (during those long marathon miles!). Just a flat trail – but so much different when riding a bike! There were also a million bugs which insisted on pelting me in the face. Yuck! But the sunset view was very peaceful 🙂
Sat – Rest day! Trip to Cedar Point today. Our 2nd trip to the park this year, and it was rainy again! At least it wasn’t hot, so wearing a mask wasn’t a big deal. We were actually glad to have it because on one of the really big coasters, it started sprinkling and the rain felt like it was scraping our face because we were going so fast! yikes!
Best ride photo ever, right? If you can’t express yourself with your mouth, you gotta compensate with your hands. LOL!
Sun – 10 miles, long run. Another rainy day, but I got out before the rain came in. Nothing exciting about this run, but I was glad to get it done.
And July is done. Ended up with 915 miles for the year on July 31st. This past week has been a struggle. I guess I’ll chalk that up to the mornings getting darker, no races on the calendar, and a full week of work. A general “meh” for week. I hope your week was better!
Q: Did you have a good week, or are you in the “meh” gang with me?
Q: Do you have any flower arranging skills?
Heck no! I can decorate cakes, but I cannot arrange flowers. I should take a class on that sometime!