Technically I’m into week 2 of marathon training for the Erie Marathon (PA) on Sept 12th. I still haven’t signed up, but I’m following the plan. I ran 31 miles, but ended with some issues. Hopefully it’s just a little setback and nothing more. I consider this my first week of summer because the kids are out of school now. We’ve been busy getting our house ready to host a graduation party, which means lots of yard work.
Mon – Run, kayak, bike! Memorial Day. It was a busy day. I started out with my final 5 mile run for the Mileage Maniac’s Monday Runday challenge. I completed all 5 weeks with 5 milers. Yay!
It was a beautiful morning, so I went out for a little kayak trip around a small lake. The water was calm and clear. We saw turtles!
13.5 miles cycling. Later in the day my son went to a graduation party at the park. Since he doesn’t have his license yet, I drove him there and then biked with my mountain bike while he attended the party. It was so great to be out biking again! My road bike still has a flat tire, but this is the week we will fix it! (hey, it’s been busy around here!)
In celebration of summer arriving we enjoyed a drink on our new patio furniture.
Tues – Bootcamp, run 1.15 miles. It was tough waking up to the early alarm this morning, but I was glad I did. I always enjoy our workouts! I am feeling a bit lame lately though. I have to modify the exercises – my forearm has been sore (no idea what’s up with that, but it’s been hanging around for awhile now!), I need to be cautious not to overdo it on hamstring focused exercises, and my lower abs soreness has returned now that I’m trying to start up with core work again. Ugh. [I strained or pulled a muscle (?) while doing a core exercise early this year]
Weds – 6 miles with 2 tempo miles. Happy National Running day! I’m still figuring out how to fit in all of my marathon training during the week with bootcamp so this run ended up today. I think my speedy shoes are broken. *Another* challenging workout. I think that’s normal at the beginning of a training cycle though so I won’t worry too much about it!
There was an unexpected visitor on my path. It’s rare to see deer in this area because it’s residential.
Thurs – 18 miles, cycling. My tire is fixed!! wooohooo!! I’ve missed riding my bike so much. Happy happy joy joy!!
4.5 miles, track night! The “Summer PR” training program with Dave’s Running Shop has begun and this was the first track night. I’m going to be a sub for different pace groups for the program and this week was the 9:0-9:30 goal race pace group. We ran fartleks.
A fun new addition to the program is either a yoga or barre workout after track. This week was yoga. Although I typically lack the attention span for doing yoga (and the flexibility!) this 30 min class was just perfect! I felt great afterwards.
Fri – 1.25 miles running (bootcamp) + 4 easy miles. We had a good workout along the river at bootcamp but I ended with some light core work (this turns out to be a bad choice). Following our workout I ran the 4 easy miles on my plan.
We spent many hours putting mulch down in our yard. We haven’t done it for a few years and it was overdue! We used 80 bags of mulch! It looks pretty amazing now it only took 3 hours because the kid helped.
Sat – 9 miles long run. This would have been a good run. I ran with someone from my spring training group and we talked the whole time. My lower abs had their “normal” soreness when I started my run, and the pain mostly went away along the run. I would have been out for 10 miles but by mile 9 the pain was giving me a huge signal that I needed to stop running 🙁 I walked the last mile home. I’m going to skip all core work and be extra cautious of what might anger it. If it’s still bothersome in a week I’ll go see my doctor! From the best of my Google searching I think it’s a sports hernia, which appears to be a vague catchall kind of term for pain which flares with exercise.
After running we decided to go fishing. This pond is stocked and we saw a girl there on Monday who was super successful at catching bass. However, we had no luck and I spent my entire time trying to untangle my line. Whomp whomp!!
Sun – Rest day. Resting my abs, resting my body. It’s toasty outside so no kayaking today, but we’re going for a bike ride. yay!
Q: Do you ever go fishing?
Q: Have you ever had an abdominal injury? Did it take forever to heal??