This week brought a big change to my workouts – continuous running! That was the highs of the week. The lows of the week will be covered later on, but before I get into the details: I ran 28 miles this week and biked 34 miles. I’ve been doing my physical therapy exercises most days (ok, I missed one day!) and a core workout too. That’s 30 mins of my time, but I’m trying to stay motivated to do it. It is paying off! We have 5 more weeks until the Chicago Marathon, it’s coming up quick!
Mon – 3 miles RUNNING! Yep, I ran! This was kind of by accident because my new watch suggested a “33 min base run at 10:20” workout for today. That sounded like it would line up perfectly with the 3 mile (or maybe 4 mile) run/walk I was going to do, so I accepted the workout on my watch. Apparently that workout doesn’t use my run/walk intervals so it never beeped for a walk break! But luckily the weather was cool and felt amazing. There was no need to take a walk break. Woohoo! Since my running pace is a little faster than 10:20 it only gave me a 95% rating on the workout, but overall I consider today’s workout a big fat WIN!
Tues – 8 easy miles. Guess what? I ran the whole 8 miles too! I’m on a winning streak. My watch has been very complimentary and giving me all sorts of good information about my health and training status.
14 miles cycling – Ladies Ride night. The last ride night of the season. It’s the official end of the summer season for this event! Much to my dismay, it started raining half way through the ride!! Riding in the rain isn’t great – and riding in a peloton in the rain is even worse. All of that cold water splashing up from the tires in front of you. Ick. Despite my wet clothes I stayed for the post-ride beer and wings I mean, I’ve made it this far, right?
Weds – Rest day! I need to start waking up early to do the elliptical or something. Rest days are boring! Here are two things to brighten up the day… foster kittens and the monarch butterfly that emerged today (one we raised from an egg). 4 butterflies have emerged so far.
Thurs – 13 miles, long run. Ok, if a run needed it’s own theme song, this one would be the one from Rocky! To mix things up I ran along a trail by the river. The weather was chilly and I just ran by feel. Imagine my happiness when I saw I had negative splits and my last mile was the fastest. And best of all, NO glute pain. Yippie! Along the way I cleared many spider webs [with my face] since I was the first one out there. Also got a great picture of a big spider web [not near my face]!
Fri – Rest day! Fun day – I took my foster kittens to visit my office! I had no idea they would be such a big hit. My coworkers all declared it the best day ever and that kittens should come to the office every Friday. The kittens slept the rest of the afternoon. So much excitement for them!!
More Friday fun – we went to a Toledo Mud Hens game with my Run Toledo Ambassador gang! The Mud Hens beat the Iowa Cubs (sorry Kim!) My husband’s shirt got a lot of reactions. It’s the shirt he wears after a race or when he’s injured. You’ll see why he wore it later on…
Sat – 4 miles, pace run. My plan said “pace miles”, and since I don’t really have a race goal I figured I’d try to get a 9:30 pace. I was super pleased when I ended up with an 8:57 avg pace on this run, with my last mile at 8:44! I did wear my Saucony Endorphin Speeds on this run, so I know they are responsible for part of the success of this run, but even so, YAY!!
Sun – 20 miles, biking. It was a beautiful morning for a ride. I went along the river and was surprised how low the water level was. Rocks showing everywhere!
Just because things can’t always be sunny and great, there was a big incident this week. My husband crashed on his mountain bike on Monday and was hurt. He rolled and the bike landed on top of him. Luckily he didn’t puncture his lungs or organs, but he has been in pain most of the week. This puts a speed bump in his training for Chicago for sure!! Hopefully the setback will only be for a week or two. And I’m glad his injuries weren’t worse! But seriously, is our journey to the Chicago start line cursed? It’s always something. [we can laugh about this now, but after he finally got up off the ground, in pain, he did check to see if his new Garmin was damaged!!]
Let’s end with happy kittens! They will be leaving us on Thursday, so we need to enjoy all of our cuddle time left together.
Q: Are you having a Labor Day cookout?
We will be hanging around our pool for sure. It’s going to be 90 degrees!!