It was a much better week.  My dad finally got out of the hospital on Tuesday morning.  He was very happy to be home!  Things overall have been going well for him and my mom has to give him antibiotic treatments twice a day through June.  This has been a big relief! Trust me, he is happy in this picture 🙂

My workouts were good this week: 38 miles of running, and 39 miles of biking.

Mon – 5 miles.  A pacing test = NS, 2, 2, 1 => Negative splits.  2 miles, 2 miles faster, and 1 miles fastest!  These negative split runs are fun.

Tues – 5 easy miles.  I just love the early daylight of summer months.

Evening: Ladies Ride Night!  16 miles with good conversation, snacks and drinks.

Weds –  Rest day!  No biking tonight because it was rainy.  Whomp whomp.

Thurs – 8 hilly miles with intervals.  It was time for “the” workout again!  This one is proving to be a really good workout and it’s challenging.  Luckily the weather was perfect and I accomplished my workout as written.  It included 6 x 3:30 intervals at Z4/Z5, which is close to 5K pace.  Done!

I convinced my family to go kayaking.  🙂  First time this season, and my daughter’s boyfriend came along.  Yay!  

Fri – 4 easy miles.  While on my run I picked up some chives that a neighbor was giving away.  Always fun to find something on a run!

After my run we headed up to the University of Michigan for a college tour.  I encourage my son to dream big with his college plans, and Ann Arbor and the campus are amazing.  Also amazing: the steep out of state price and selective acceptance rate! 😩

He also found a bike park close by campus so we stopped there too.

A microbrewery opened at our local bike park and mountain bike trail area so we stopped by their grand opening to sample a drink.  This will be a great addition to the park!

Sat – 16 miles, long run with mid 6 miles at marathon race pace.  Oof, this one was a challenge.  Partially to blame on me for not starting until 8am.  The weather felt like 100, but it was really only 61 degrees.  I did make it through the first 5 miles, and 5.5 miles of the race pace miles, but after that it pretty much went off the rails! Although my path was shaded on the way out, the way back felt quite toasty.  As always, this will be chalked up as a character building run!

My son played in the first marching band parade of the new season (the new freshman participated).

In the evening my family volunteered with the band at a jazz event.  It was an easy gig selling drinks.  In return we got to listen to a steel drum band and a jazz performance.

Sun – 23 miles biking. My husband biked with me and I didn’t even take any pictures!

Little Bekah will be heading back to the Humane Society in a few days to continue her journey in finding a forever home. She is a cutie who loves to play and is rambunctious! Hopefully she will get adopted soon.

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!

I’ll be on a vacation / blog hiatus until July, so I hope all of you are enjoying your summer and finding time for fun, fitness, and relaxation! Aloha!!

Q: What is your dream vacation? Any big travel plans in the future?

21 thoughts on “Weekly workouts – all good stuff”
  1. Busy week for you–glad to see your dad is feeling better.

    Go Blue…well, as a Badger mom, maybe not…lol. That butterfly was painted by the artist who also painted the famous butterfly in Nashville. She gets around! Where else is your son looking?

    Enjoy your vacation!

    1. He’s planning on going into engineering, so we are looking at Purdue also. And, other in state colleges after seeing the price tag for UM! ugh. OSU, Miami and Dayton.

  2. So glad your Dad is getting better. That must be a huge relief!

    How cool to find and check out that bike park — looks like fun!

    1. My son does a good job of finding bike parks when we are heading somewhere.. you know, just in case we can throw the bike in the car too. haha!

  3. Nice you had a week filled with good news! I’m glad things are settling down for you.

    So you’re going to Hawaii? That IS one of our favorite places. I don’t think we’re actually going anywhere this Summer, but I have some travel I really want to get done in the late Fall — we’ll see how life cooperates with me!

    Have a wonderful vacation!

    1. My Dad was sooooo ready to get out of the hospital! And so far my Mom & Dad are still getting along 🙂 It is tough to be stuck together for a long time, but luckily he can get out of the house and go to the store and other places with a walker.

  4. Such good news about your dad!

    Also some good workouts… they all seem harder in the summer.

    Enjoy your vacation… post lots of pics!

    We have a boat and go on it every Sunday so no vacation plans. Fingers crossed for good weather.

    1. Boating is a fun activity! Well, it was until the gas prices jumped so high… so hopefully you are still able to cruise around without going far!

  5. Enjoy your vacation (did someone say Hawaii?). You guys have the best adventures.
    Is your son going to be a senior this year?
    You had a great week of running! I’ve had a few of those character building runs lately as well…the great runs are never far behind.

    1. Yes indeed – Hawaii! My son is officially a senior now 😉 All the “lasts” are coming up (sadly weeping to myself). He is a squad leader for marching band so that will make his last year especially meaningful I think.

  6. So glad to hear your dad is doing better!! What a scary time you all went through…ugh. No big summer plans for us, but I’m hoping to get in a lot of miles on the bike 😉 We rode 50 today!

    1. The whole thing with my Dad was just crazy. It’s hard to believe he was so bad, and then bounced right back! I’m thankful for good doctors and amazed at the good and bad things drugs can do!
      50 miles? Well done!! I’m only up to 30 miles so far this year.

  7. Have so much fun on your break!

    I love those wings!

    I am so excited to be a marching band mom. It’s going to be so much fun.

    I’m also so glad that everything is settling back to normal and that your dad is home.

    1. I think you will LOVE marching band. Did you get their schedule yet? When August starts our band has “doubles” in order to get ready for the half time shows at the football games. Practice in the morning and at night. 5 1/2 hours of practice a day, 4 days a week, for 2 weeks!! Those kids are beat by the time the night ends.

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