Sunday, June 7, 2020
Weekly Sweats: Life Without Long Runs
I'm linking up with the Weekly Run Down, please head over to Kim and Deborah to check it out.
Monday: I started the week by getting right with the weights, and then treated myself to 4.5 miles easy with strides. The weather was cool and crisp and I soaked every minute of it in. Last week on Monday I fell during a dog walk and skinned my knee pretty badly and this Monday I tripped on a piece of gravel and skinned the other knee so I have a matched set.
My birthday is somewhere around this time of year and the adage that growing old is mandatory and growing up is optional seems very apt. Right now my knees look exactly the same as they did in grade school.
Tuesday: 5.25 miles and my first shot at mile repeats. This is a new workout for me so I only did two reps. 1.25 miles warmup, 2 x mile w/400 recovery, and 1.5 miles home. I set up the miles as 4x400 (thanks for the tip Jess!) so that I was maintaining a consistent speed throughout the mile. My goal was around ~10:30 pace and I hit 10:26 and 10:16 (I let myself go as fast as I wanted in the final 400). The thought forming in the back of my head is that instead of trying to increase the number of repeats it might serve me better to increase the distance of each repeat.
Wednesday: Rest day with a side of FOMO for Global Running Day.
Thursday: 5.25 miles: 1.25 miles warmup, then 4 x 400 with 400 recover, 1.75 miles cool down. I hit my 9:30 or faster goal without much effort.
Friday: hit the weights (pats self on back) and then poked my nose out the door and said no way on the weather. I fired up the treadmill without hesitation for the first time in nearly 3 months. Whoa Nellie, being back on the tready was quite a shock to the system and at first I felt like I was going to fly off it. But I managed to settle in for an easy run of 4.25 miles without much (OK a little) complaining. Side note: for whatever reason I engage my abs on the tready and I need to figure out how to do that in road running.
Saturday: it was clearly too hot to run outside and the forecast was for cool temps on Sunday. Except that once I decided that I would take a rest day all that I could think about was running so I did. I lathered up in SPF 100, took a salt tablet, rubbed ice on the back of my neck, and broke out my newly acquired Mission Cooling Gaiter. Get it wet, snap it, and it gets and stays cold. It was very nice to have the cool fabric on the back of my neck, and afterwards it really helped to cool me down as I was walking home. Definitely the best $20 I've spent recently. I think it will also come in handy on the treadmill. The run came in at 3.25 miles and questioned my life decisions after the 1.5 mile mark but I got through it.
Sunday: ugh, good thing that I didn't bet the farm on the forecast. It wasn't as cool as advertised but I still felt like getting a short run in so I did. The 3.25 miles were pretty hard but they feel pretty good now in the aftermath.
I'll play it by ear on the weather, going back to my friend the treadmill as needed. If weather permits, there will be some virtual racing next weekend (I am a little scared and a lot excited).