Thanks for the comments last week. It was comforting to know so many of you have gone through the same feelings. Good news – I’m feeling much better this week. I still miss the heck out of my daughter, but I’m getting into the groove of a new normal and each day got a little better this week. Also planning a few getaways with my husband! It’s been a really long time since we’ve gone on a vacation just the two of us, so that will be fun and interesting. I got involved in a lot of things this week and the busyness was just what I needed. I have officially signed up for the Churchills half marathon (a local race) on Nov 13th. Activities this week were: Running – 29 miles, Biking – 59 miles, Kayaking – 1 hour!

I also took lots of walks this week as the sun was setting. I’m multitasking by walking and listening to an audiobook! (the book is the Summer Job, by Lizzy Dent. it’s good!)

Mon – 5 miles, treadmill.  It was one of those mornings where I just sleepily glanced at the calendar entry for the workout.  2 miles x 2 with 2 min rest at Tempo pace.  Yep, I kinda did that!  Went a little faster for a few miles, hopped off the treadmill to make sure my son was getting up for school, and then hopped back on.  I did feel a bit tight at the beginning (sports hernia stuff), but nothing major and this run was fine.

After work I got to lift weights with my son.  We haven’t done this in awhile due to marching band practice, and it was good to chat with him.  Afterwards he had to flex on me with his new moves.  It’s so cool that he is taking an interest in fitness these days and getting strong!!

Tues – 4 miles easy.  Today was one of those days where it all clicked.  I woke up 10 mins before my alarm, I ran outside to enjoy my audiobook, and I had a good run.  It was even less humid which meant I could finally spend the time to blow dry and straighten my hair!  Woohoo!  Heck, due to my early wake time I even made it to work 1 min early.  And yes, 7:59 means I’m early to work!! 

Ladies Ride Night! The weather was great for cycling too. 18 miles at 14.7 mph. I’m so glad my bike fits in my car! These rides will continue through September.

Weds – 6.25 miles, speedwork. Hooray for today!!  September hit today and brought all the promised feelings of “almost fall” along with it.  The weather felt amazing (63 degrees!).  It was dark, but oh so peaceful and quiet in my neighborhood.  The goal was middle miles at half marathon pace mixed with threshold pace.  Nailed it!  I even stretched out before I ran, which helped.  I need to take the time to do that.

Group ride night! 25 miles at 17.6 mph. I wanted to join the faster group again this week, but it was a bit windy and I didn’t think I could hang with them. This was a good group ride.

Thurs – Rest day!  Today I volunteered at the Solheim Cup.  It’s a big deal golf tournament and once again we worked “ecology”, which provided a large donation to the school band in exchange for us helping out.  The weather was perfect and not too much trash to gather, but it was quite busy.

With the weather feeling almost “chilly” around here, it was a nice night to enjoy our fire table.

Fri – 5 easy miles.  A beautiful day for a run.  Little bit of sun, little bit of chill. Notice I have short sleeves on!

Later we went kayaking.  An hour on the river was quite enjoyable.  My husband knew this would make me quite happy.

Sat – 9.25 mile, long run!  I hopped back on the sub coaching bus and helped out in the 9:00-10:00 pace group.  I was in the front of the group, so our long run pace was 9:45.  It was fun because several members of the group were from my pace group for Spring training!

After the run there was a “sweets and treats” contest.  There were a lot of delicious treats to taste, and someone actually brought some delicious shots!!  This entry got my vote.  The salted caramel shots were awesome!

Also, I won a prize in a random drawing.  I got a bag full of fueling items. Yay! My Starbucks drink was the new Apple Crisp Frappuccino. It didn’t sound too promising, and I was right. Not really my thing, but hey, you just never know.

Sun – 15 miles biking A quick ride before everyone else woke up at my house.

Guess what?  My daughter will be home already! 🙂 We are heading to the fair and monopolizing her time.  Yay!

Need some more inspiration? I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Run Down. Check out all of the fun blogs there!

My sports hernia was a little picky this week. Some days it was tight when I started to run, and afterwards, and other days it was not an issue! So my goals for the half marathon are just to enjoy it and have a smart race. I don’t think fast racing would benefit me at this time.

Q: Did you enjoy some cooler weather this week?

Q: Does an Apple Crisp coffee drink sound good to you? Or would you go for the Pumpkin Spice instead?

24 thoughts on “Weekly workouts – new normal”
  1. Ha! I knew it wouldn’t be too long before you saw your daughter again. 😉

    Wow, your son has crazy core strength. That’s impressive.

    Love that sunset – stunning!

    1. My son really has taken his interest in fitness up a notch. I did surprise him though – I could do a headstand still (with no abdominal pain, yay!) and he can’t do one yet!

  2. I would choose apple crisp without the coffee LOL (though I know that was not an option). Gosh, I wish we lived in the same city…I’d have so much fun doing all the daily action with you! BTW, your bike jerseys are on-point! I’d probably have arm warmers on those cool mornings, though 😉

    1. I love bike jerseys! The more colorful the better. Our bike club is really great. They have organized rides every day of the week, with several pace groups (or are they different “speed” groups?). Now I need to get back on the mountain bike!

  3. Oh I’m jealous!!! I won’t see my son till Thanksgiving 🙁 But yes… it’s amazing what a difference a week makes. Glad you’re feeling better. And glad you’re getting in some runs in that beautiful weather! And I’m glad your sports hernia is not too much of an issue- sounds like everything is healing up well.
    Enjoy your time with your daughter!

    1. Oh the sports hernia. Annoying, but tolerable. I am a bit concerned about a guy I ran with in the group. He had a painful issue with his lower abs going on. Hard to convince people to stop running though (even when you’re experienced on the subject!!).

  4. I’ll have to pass on the coffee drinks, but the sweets & treats are totally up my alley. 🙂

    How nice that your daughter will be back so soon! When I went to college, it was about a 6 hour drive or train ride, so I didn’t come home til Thanksgiving.

    Sounds like a good week!

    1. The coaches usually have a “soup-a-palooza”, which works well for the spring/winter training, so this late summer contest was a great idea! Too bad I couldn’t take a plate “to go”, but I restrained myself and made sure everyone got something.

  5. So glad that this week went well for you! And that’s awesome that your daughter will be back to visit soon.

    Those salted caramel shots do sound yummy! I have been waiting to try that new Starbucks drink but I’ve heard many mixed views on it, lol

  6. Looks like a great week!

    I bet that apple crisp drink was a bit odd – I’m not much for flavored coffee drinks because they always seem too sweet to me.

    Enjoy your time with your daughter!

  7. I was so excited to try any of the Starbucks apple crisp drinks (I’m not a pumpkin spice fan), but everyone seems to hate them! Boo! Peppermint mocha season, where are you??

    I am glad you are feeling a little better this week. <3

  8. Tried the apple crisp. I agree. Meh.

    Good week. Congrats on the raffle win.

    Your son is impressive.

    Good news that you’ll see your daughter soon.

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