Long time no see! 🙂 After an extended vacation and being away in paradise, it takes a bit to get back into the groove, but I’m back! I’ll write up a vacation recap one of these days but to sum it up, we spent 17 days in Hawaii on Maui and Kauai. It was great!!! Here are just a few highlights… amazing hikes, beaches, sunsets, scuba diving, surfing and fun in the sun!
Here’s few things that have happened in my absence:
Good news! Our little foster kitten Bekah was adopted. Can you believe the cuteness in this picture? I’m sure she will be having a great life with this new family.
Other good news: a test pair of shoes from Brooks was delivered while I was gone. It’s always fun to return home to packages! I’m testing out the next gen of Hyperion Tempos. Yay new shoes!!
Slightly bad news! I hurt my foot on a vacation shenanigan. I hurt my foot surfing!! Who does that?? Well, old people like me I guess. I landed on the ground wrong I think. It was slightly bruised and tender for a few days. It took a few weeks but now it’s fine. Yay!
Other bad news: I’ve definitely lost running fitness while on vacation. I thought I was in a solid position for the Erie Marathon (Sept 11) before vacation, and now I’m iffy. I guess it’s good that I haven’t committed to it yet!
Stupid bad news: This won’t come as a surprise to anyone, but once again I got a rash on both forearms after pulling weeds in my yard. Poison ivy? Maybe. Allergic reaction to something and it’s driving me nuts! And it looks very frightening.
Here’s my workouts this week. I had a nice mix of cycling (35 miles) and running (38 miles). It was a bit of a down week for running to keep my legs ready for the 20 miler long run.
Mon – 5 easy miles. Oof. This was a recovery run from my 17 mile long run on Sunday. I would have liked to take a rest day, but then my whole week would be shifted and I didn’t want that. Just slow easy miles today.
Tues – 4 miles, negative splits. I didn’t even have to try hard to make my first two mile slow. It was a slow moving morning!
Weds – 10 mile bike ride. I missed the Ladies Ride last night because I went out for a Ladies Night instead (Taco Tuesday!). I did get a ride in before work in the morning. I saw a deer by the water. Thought it was a fox at first!
PM ride – 25 mile Windsday Ride. The radar looked clear for our ride, but wouldn’t you know it – we got hit with rain with only 1 mile left! This was another challenging group for me and we ended up with 19.6 mph for our average. I was in the front pull position twice and the first time I could only hang on for half a mile! The guy next to me kept going faster whenever I caught up to him. Ugh! The 2nd time was better and I stayed up front for a couple of miles.
Thurs – 6 easy miles. I have been trying to be more consistent with stretching after running. Stretching by the pool with my iced coffee is a great way to motivate me to do it!
Super fun night… we volunteered at a 5K/8K race with a great post race party! The OH/MI is traditionally a hot run (I mean, what night in July isn’t??) and it’s one of my favorite because it also has the Dave’s Running Appreciation Party, aka yummy food, drinks and entertainment. This year my husband, son and I worked packet pickup, were course marshals for the kids run and the 5K. We got to cheer on so many friends! They had a water sprinkler on the course too. What a great idea!
The after party had a Van Halen tribute band. VH was one of my favorite bands growing up. I loved the show!! We all had a great time.
Fri – 3 easy miles. Then we went college touring! It was a long day of driving to the University of Dayton and Miami University for our son. They both looked nice. Zach also found a small bike trail with jumps in Dayton.
Sat – 20 miles long run. Phew! It was “only” 68 degrees, but man oh man, it was humid! I was drenched in sweat by the time this was only half way done. Not my fastest or most consistent run, but it’s done! I took a dip in our pool to cool off then rewarded myself with a big Starbucks. Yum!
In the evening we went to Cedar Point. Sure, walking around an amusement park after running 20 miles sounds like a questionable plan, but luckily I felt fine. It was fun to see the parade, ride some coasters and see the park all lit up.
Sun – Resting and housework. Oh boy! Maybe a trip to Cleveland to buy a bike with Zach. Not sure how he talks us into these things…
Q: What’s new with you?? Anyone training for a fall race?