This week was a whirlwind. My workouts focused on speed this week and I was very happy with most of my runs. The grand finale of the week was my son’s graduation party. I’ve spent weeks planning this party, or at least thinking about it for weeks. A lot of it came together at the last minute! It has been the biggest thing on my mind lately. Even though I’m glad the party is over, it was very bittersweet as we closed the chapter on the primary/high school years and prep for college. College move in is going to happen far too fast for my liking, so I’m making the most of our time together in the next few months. Workouts this week: 36 miles running, 23 miles biking.
Mon – A “fun workout” was on my schedule! Ok, I didn’t actually workout… I frosted cookies. There were no calories burned with this workout due to my sampling.
Tues – 10 miles, negative splits, 5 4, 1. This run should have had it’s own theme music 😁 The weather was great too. It wasn’t rainy when I started, but I was soaked by the time I got home. It hasn’t rained forever, so I didn’t mind one bit. My negative splits went from 9:50 (5 miles) to 9:00 (4 miles) and finished with 8:50 (1 mile). yay!
Weds – 23 miles cycling. We rode with our local bike group, TAB. There were two groups – the fast group, and the really fast group. Ok, the fast group it is! We ended up with and average of 19.5 mph, and hit 24.7 mph for top speed! Our group consisted of 9 people, and I was the only female. I was certainly the weakest link in the group and I am always appreciative of their efforts to keep me in the peloton. My win for the night was to be able to pull for a mile at 22 mph! Considering this was my first TAB group ride of the season, this was a winner.
Thurs – 7 miles, intervals. 5 miles of 4 mins on / 3 min off. I was happy with this run. It was tiring, but satisfying! My intervals were all very similar in pace. I did need to walk a little during the rest periods. It was more humid than I expected. How it started – how it ended.
We did a lot of grad party prep today. I was feeling more confident after we secured the food, and I made some Buckeyes (in case you didn’t know… for the Ohio State Buckeyes!)
Fri – 3 easy miles. I was feeling a bit beat up from yesterday’s speedwork. My knee was a little cranky, and then I had an odd feeling in my hip. Dislike! One big LIKE was that my daughter came back from her Europe trip last night. We are so happy to have her back again!
Sat – 16 miles, long run. I like to use the phrase “set myself up for success” when I think about my workouts. Proper nutrition, rest, and planning. This run failed at most of these!! I wasn’t sure I would be able to run because my hip was feeling a bit wonky, so I didn’t have a plan. I should have woke up earlier, and mapped a route. My hip didn’t complain during my run (thankfully!) but I had far too many things going on in my head (grad party!!) and I just wanted the run to be over. It was warm, and I guess I can complain that it was humid too? I was supposed to run the mid 10 miles at race pace, but I only succeeded in 6 miles at pace, and the others were “kinda” close (within a few seconds). By the time I was down to my final miles, which were slower paced, I did walk quite a bit. Not my finest performance, but I got it done.
From that point on, I don’t think I sat down once. Party prep was underway!! If you’ve followed my blog you’ll know that hosting a party ranks very low on my favorites list. I get anxiety just thinking about it! I am super happy to report that we nailed this party. Other than the fact that my Buckeyes melted a bit (sad!), everything else was perfect. The night went by fast. Even though I thought I was taking a lot of pictures, when I look back I barely got any! Sigh.
We ate lots of delicious food. We talked. We played game. There was family. There was lots of friends. We even had two surprise guests who were the life of the party! We’ve never seen these two before so it was a fun surprise for sure. The kids were feeding them, so I’m sure they will be returning in search of more food many times this summer!
Sun – Happy Father’s Day!! We will hit the MTB trails this afternoon, and celebrate Father’s Day later this evening. I am very thankful for my husband, who is an amazing Dad. He can fix anything!! I am also happy we got to see my Dad at the grad party.
Q: What is the most unique wildlife you have had in your yard?
We have seen a pair of owls fighting (mating??) which was pretty crazy. I LOVE to listen to the owls hooting at night.