Fitness wise, this was a "Seinfeld" week: a week about nothing. 29.25 miles and more baby steps toward weight workouts went by, so if you're down for some running chit chat, lace up and we'll go out for a quick run around the block.
I'm linking up with the Weekly Run Down, please head over to Kim and Deborah to check it out.
Monday: 4.25 miles and on paper the conditions looked good. In reality things were sticky, nasty, and pretty tough going. I got in a fair amount of body weight work throughout the day, so I'm crawling back in that department (I am in the middle of a hissy fit on strength training right now. I just wanna run except I know good and well from past experience that strength work is part of what makes running possible...except I don't want to do it. So bear with me as I continue to work through this).
Tuesday: group run day! Five of us met at the house of the person who lives the furthest out. Turns out that said friend has a pool and no one turned her down when she invited us to take a dip afterwards. The moral of the story is that it is good to have friends with pools and so wonderful/odd that I suddenly have a social life that takes place before 7AM on weekdays. 3 miles with the group and 2 more once I got home.
Wednesday: a planned rest day, so I didn't set my alarm and slept in until 7:30. I settled in with my coffee for a bit, thinking that I would take a brief walk before work. Except that all of a sudden I had a burst of energy and knew that a walk wasn't going to cut it. So running clothes went on and 3.5 miles went down. How that works is that I planned to run 3, and I usually do an extra quarter mile as a sneaky way to bump my mileage up AND I also wasn't paying attention at the end so when I checked in a few minutes after the 3 mile beep I was already at 3.4 miles I kept on to make an even half. Sleeping in and spontaneously going for a run and still being on time for work falls in the category of Things That Were Not Possible Before the Pandemic (lemons==>lemonade).
Thursday: was a mighty fine day. 2 miles warm up/cool down with 4 x 400/400 recover in the middle. Last week I crawled through this workout and this week I hit my paces with ease, and I have no explanation for either event. 6.25 miles total. My end goal with this workout is to run a sub 9 minute mile but Strava alerted me that I also ran my 2nd fastest 400 so I think that needs to be a goal as well for next time.
Friday: a simple 4.25 miles, body weight stuff throughout the day. My legs got so tired after two miles, which makes sense since I was on a 5 day running streak...oh wait a minute there's another explanation. Remember those Brooks Glycerin that I got at the beginning of the summer? I'd set them aside for a while and recently started wearing them a few times a week for the shorter runs, and wowza, they really do make my legs feel tired compared to my normal Brooks Launch. I'm intrigued by this (a.k.a. for whatever reason I never got around to returning them) and plan to keep on using them for short stuff but I won't use them 3 times in one week as I did this week.
Saturday: an exercise in procrastination. It was just a little too warm and I just couldn't get my head around the treadmill. The weather looked better for Sunday so I kicked my feet up and took a rest day.
Sunday: oops, more procrastination and I was very late getting out the door for my planned 8 miler. I've made a lot of progress with warm weather running, but at the end of the day there is only so much that salt tabs and cooling gaiters and rest breaks can do. I got pretty dizzy after 5 miles so I headed home and called it at the 6 mile mark. Better weather is in store for next week and I will take it.
That's all I've got for this week! See ya on the flip side.
yeah the 6-7am social life is crazy pants! Way to go on your Wednesday! Hope you're recovered from the dizziness. Sometimes it's just time to stopReplyDelete
Exactly! Run when your body says to, STOP when it's done.Delete
I love that burst of energy that you described! That often happens to me on a morning I tell myself I can sleep in. It's like my body is saying "haha, nope get up" lol.ReplyDelete
It's nice when it happens! I just need a little more get up and go on planned workout days.Delete
Jumping in the pool after a hot run is the best! Sometimes a low key week is good :)ReplyDelete
Always! It's the next best thing to being on vacation and taking a dip in the ocean right after a run.Delete
It's definitely nice to be able to run longer/later and still be on time for work! It's supposed to be a little cooler here this week too and I am very excited about it.ReplyDelete
I know, we are so due for a break with the weather.Delete
And now you know why I have a strength coach--I can guarantee you that I wouldn't do strength work on my own! It's worth the $$ to keep me strong.ReplyDelete
^^Right here, that is gold!Delete
Haha! I had to laugh at your hissy fit because that's me, every day. I know how good strength training is for me, but I'd much rather be running. If you find a challenge that works or motivates you, please let me know so I can jump on that bandwagon!ReplyDelete
It's a deal - let me know if you find something that works.Delete
I used to love getting so much done before most people were even out of bed. it was such a great feeling. The heat can really get you down. Stay safe out there.ReplyDelete
Thank goodness it's cooler this week! The summer thing is getting old.Delete
Your run on Sunday, perhaps you were dehydrated and that is why you felt dizzy?ReplyDelete
If I remember correctly the Glycerin are more cushioned but yet slight heavier than the Launch. Maybe an ounce or two?
Another great week for you!
I think it's something about sunlight that affects me. I'd had a nuun, a salt stick, and plenty of water...or it just wasn't my day and that's fine. I can't tell if the Glycerin are heavier but they are more cushioned and for some reason I really feel it in my legs.Delete
I love your Wednesday run. And were you tempted to run another .75 at the end of the week, just to get to an even 30? :)ReplyDelete
Ha ha no b/c that was the dizzy run. I'm obsessed with finishing each run on the even mile/quarter mile/whatever but the weekly total is what it is.Delete
I've definitely felt dizzy after a hot run...hopefully more frequent pool dips will help. A very solid week of training for you! It's hard to make time for strength training- schedule it on your phone and set up a timer and make it a priority (even though I'd much rather run too, haha!)ReplyDelete
Yep! There is definitely a solution to the strength thing, I just need to get back to the "want to" part.Delete
I tell ya, meeting up with friends for bootcamp is the only thing that would get me out of bed pre-dawn before work to do strength training! Otherwise I would just skip it, and go for a run. ;)ReplyDelete
Aha...I have running friends, I just need to find LIFTING friends and my problem will be solved.Delete
How weird about the shoes making your legs feel so tired. That's great that you've at least identified the issue.ReplyDelete
Yes, it's really odd. I have a feeling that I'll be sticking with Launch as long as they don't change them too much.Delete
I love your title "A Seinfeld Week" - that often describes a number of my weeks :)ReplyDelete
Interesting that the Glycerins make your legs feel tired - do you think it's the extra cushioning they have?
You totally had me at Seinfeld!!!!! Way to go on all those miles! YOU are really rocking those early mornings, too ;-)ReplyDelete
LOL on the pre 7 AM social life!ReplyDelete
I'm 62 years old and until the last few years, ran pretty much injury free through 40 marathons and I'm convinced it was because I focused on strength training to complement my running. So my advice to you is, "Do. Your. Strength. Training!" ;-)