As we near our impending empty nest situation, we have added a few new creatures to nurture… kittens!! That’s right, my home is now filled with 3 tiny foster kittens in addition to the 3 monarch chrysalis and 5 fat caterpillars. [funny story – we found one of the fat caterpillars roaming on our kitchen floor, far away from their “cage”. How he got there I will never know!!] More about the kittens later…
This week started the first week of my actual training plan, which is the Hal Higdon “Senior” plan. I picked that plan because it was low mileage and was an 8 week plan! It has 3 days of running, but I added in just a few miles on Monday also because I love a Monday run! It’s a funny plan because it says things like “you can do speedwork if you’d like, or don’t do it. You know what you need, this isn’t your first marathon.” And, I am choosing NOT to do speedwork. 😁 I firmly believe that consistent training is key to successful running, so I’m doing my best to do what I can and get the miles done. Chicago Marathon is now 7 weeks away!
Mon – 3.3 mile, run/walk… happy Monday! It’s hard to wake up when it’s dark out, but I have been greeted with a lovely sunrise so it’s a great start to the day and week.
Tues – 4 mile, run/walk. I’ve noticed that my left glute/hamstring gets a bit angrier when I run on the road due to the slope of the street, so I ran on the level sidewalk instead and that helped avoid some of that pain/tight feeling. I usually run in the street due to several sidewalk tripping incidents in the past!
We stole our son away from college living for a few days since classes haven’t started yet and enjoyed the day at Put-In-Bay, a small island in Lake Erie. The weather wasn’t the best because it drizzled for a little bit, but we rode around on a golf cart which protected us from the rain. Then we finished up the evening at Cedar Point for dinner and few rides. Yep, that is the 3rd time I’ve been to Cedar Point in the last week!! Getting my money’s worth out of our season pass.
Weds – Rest day! Nothing to say here other than an 8 min core workout. I’ve been using an app that gives me a different ab workout every day, and so far I’m on a 7 day streak. I enjoy having something new and it’s only 8 mins. I lack the attention span to do a long workout video! haha. Today we also moved our son back to campus (again) and said our final goodbyes until parent’s weekend. [insert tears of sadness here!]
Thurs – 8 mile run/walk. This was an OK run, but still lacking endurance to run continuously and it solidified the fact that I need some help from physical therapy to get this glute/hammy pain knocked out!! I will be visiting my PT next week. yay!!
Fri – Rest day! Cross training was an hour walk with my friend. It was a much needed catch-up with her. An added bonus of my daughter still being home is that has been making crepes for us. Yum! Also, she never says No to a trip to the ice cream shop, even if it’s chilly outside. Pomegranate Dole Whip for the win!
At 5:15 pm I got “the call” from the Humane Society. They had 3 kittens that were in great need of a foster home! Much to my surprise the kittens didn’t even require any medications (which is very typical). I call this group the “variety pack”. They are about a month old and are very little. They still have their baby blue eyes and stumble around quite a bit! Oh, and they “mew” a lot!! The only time I can get a good picture is when they are asleep, so here you go! Sassy, Bobby and Midnight (until I change their names again. I can’t decide!)
Sat – 12 miles, long run. The cooler weather has finally arrived! Well, at least for a few days. It was only 51 degrees when I started my run and there was a chill in the air. It felt so good that I was able to run the first 4 miles continuously! But then, I thought I should probably not be too aggressive, so I did run/walk intervals again. My excitement was all gone by the time I was around 9 miles into this run and I was exhausted! That last mile was pretty bad. But once again, it’s another checkmark in my training plan. Long run done! I am looking forward to seeing my physical therapist next week for sure.
Sun – going for a bike ride with my husband. Enjoying some pool time too!
Q: Any suggestions for a black cat name??