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.
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.