Sunday, July 24, 2016

Weekly Workouts 7/18-7/24

This weekly recap is going to look a little different because I completely skipped multiple days. I can't even call them "rest days" because I wasn't recovering - I was just doing nothing.

I couldn't quite figure out why I felt so exhausted this week, so unmotivated. I had an upset stomach Monday and Tuesday, so I didn't workout and that was fine. I ran with Kristin Wednesday despite my stomach still feeling gross - it was so nice to see her and just get in an easy run - but Thursday and Friday I did nothing again.

I forced myself to run Saturday despite feeling totally unhappy about it, and I felt rundown and low-energy the entire time. Sunday, Elizabeth and I did another short run, but my stomach hurt again and I had trouble breathing. Could be humidity. Could be other stuff.
Here's a pretty sunset picture because things are about to get bleak.
I think maybe I was just emotionally drained. Matt has been away all week to be with his Nana. She's been sick for a long time, but this week she was taken off all her medications and isn't eating or drinking. He's planning to probably stay with her until she passes, but we don't know how long that will be. I can't be with him because I'm starting work this week. I think the emotional burden of all that - wanting to be there for him, the constant worry and anticipation over what will happen and when, being alone, being anxious about work, feeling guilty for wishing he could be here with me - has just completely drained me. 

I really didn't want to turn this post into a post about all that but...there it is.

So I ran three times this week and did nothing else. It is what it is; sometimes life happens, and I don't know when I'll be back on top of things, so I just have to take it one day at a time.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Playing Designer

This week, Skirt Sports is rolling out their inaugural "Sewing Room" event. I'm really excited about this for a couple reasons.
1 - It gives female athletes a chance to have a say design their athletic gear. Trying on new running clothes can be really frustrating - armholes cut into your pits, tops bunch in a wear spot, waists or legs gap or pinch...I wish I had the money to just get all my clothes tailored, now that I think about it. 

But the Sewing Room gives us the chance to share our ideas for designs that will improve Skirt Sports clothes. More pockets! More reflective fabric! More sizes! New fabrics/prints/details/designs...The list is endless, really, and nothing is off the table.
Clearly SS isn't afraid to try something new!
2 - It allows women to vote on ideas they like and help crowd fund designs if they're so inclined. This was successful last year with the Gotta Go Skirt. Customers told Skirt Sports they wanted a skirt that made it easy to pee on the go, and now it's a reality.

You can wield the power of Heidi Klum and decide who's in and who's out!
Anyone else a big fan of this show? I always felt like I was the best judge ever.
3 - If there's a retired item or print you really liked, this is a chance to request its return to production. I'm looking at you, Super Girl tank!
You all should know by now that I'm obsessed with pockets. I can't believe this tank is discontinued!
I wish all athletic clothing companies were this encouraging of feedback from their customers. I love that Skirt Sports really wants to hear what we want, and actually acts on the feedback!
Admittedly, this first event is on a tight time crunch (designs are due by August 3), but this is just the first of many times they plan to roll it out. I think it's pretty cool; I can't wait to see the ideas other women come up with.

Tell me about your dream running outfit.
What's the worst piece of running clothing you've ever owned? I once bought a bra that smelled weird in the store because I thought the smell would wash out. It never did! I always smelled like burned rubber when I wore it on a run!


Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer Running and a Shoe Update!

Summer running:
You know what's fun about summer running? That moment when you realize, halfway into the hottest month of the year, that you're finally acclimating! (Can you ever say, "I've acclimated" or is it an ongoing process with no definitive end?)

This weekend, I woke up Sunday at 6am and checked the weather: 79 degrees with 75% humidity. I contemplated skipping the run - 79F that early just seemed SO painful. But when I stepped outside, I was like, "Oh, this isn't so bad at all!"
Feeling strong and sweaty post-run!
And then I commenced to run at a fairly speedy pace without feeling like I was putting in too much effort or really huffing and puffing. I hardly felt I was sweating or working hard at all!
Sunday's splits.
Of course, after the run I realized I was completely soaked, but I felt totally great. I guess maybe I'm finally acclimated in a way I never have been before, because I've never experienced this level of comfort on outdoor runs in the height of summer.

I finally found them!
Soooo preeeeetty! They're a new color scheme for me, and I'm loving it!
Friday and Sunday's runs were both in my new shoes, and they are absolutely the ones I'm keeping. Some shoes I tried were automatic no's - like the Saucony Hurricane (which I wanted to love but knew the moment I put it on that it wasn't for me) - and some I vacillated between yes and no. But these Brooks Ravenna? Within minutes of my first run, I could tell a difference in the feel and feedback of the shoe, and yet it felt like they weren't even there.

They just felt like I didn't need to think about them at all. I could put them on and forget about them, which is exactly what I've been looking for.
Now, after months of stress and searching for new shoes, I'm almost glad for the changes in the Kayano because the Ravenna are so much more what I've been looking for - springier, less bulky, and lighter-feeling. (Although they're not light, they're 1.2oz lighter than the Kayano.) I may never have tried them out if not for the awful updates on the Kayano!
Remember this post? Oh, the drama!
I think going with the "energize" option (as opposed to "cushion") was also exactly right for where my running is these days. I ended up ordering both the Transcend and the Ravenna, but the Transcend felt clunky when I tried them; I never even took them on a run before returning them!

My runs this week also gave me a little confidence boost! I've been worried about my speed work not paying off in longer distances (and by "longer" these days I mean the 10k), but the easy effort of my distance runs this week, paired with the paces of my repeats, have given me confidence for my 10k goal race in October.
Last week's runs via DailyMile.
I plan to add tempo runs more consistently into my training toward the end of the August, and I also plan to add a fourth weekly run into my schedule soon.

To be honest, I'm enjoying my working schedule, but I miss running, and I'd like to see higher weekly mileage, so I feel it's time to run more! Is it weird to miss something I'm doing consistently multiple times a week? I'm sure you guys know what I mean!

This post has been brought to you by the TOTR linkup!

Have you been acclimating well to the summer heat?
How many days a week do you like to run?
When you're not following a training plan, how do you make sure to get the most out of your speed work?