Monday, July 11, 2016

Weekly Workouts 7/4-7/10

This week was my last week of summer break! I mean, not officially, but I start training July 12 and am pretty much "back" from that point on. I really wanted to take advantage of the free time.

Monday: Rest! I don't usually take a full rest day on Mondays, but last week I was feeling burned out and having some leg pain. I spent the day helping Matt in his studio.

Tuesday: 5 miles on the golf course. I noticed it looked empty so I went out early, golfers be damned! My left knee hurt for more than half the run and my legs felt tired and heavy. I'm not sure why! I was well hydrated and rested. Maybe it comes down to heat and humidity; this was definitely a run that felt like summer was taking its toll.
See that tiny dot at the top of the tree? That's a bird! They always sit at the very tippy top during sunset, like they want a good view of the sky!
 I felt like I was standing still but managed to keep a fair pace. At this point I'd like to see myself in the 9s or low 10s for runs of this length, though.
Wednesday: Oh, maybe this is why I felt gross yesterday. Incredibly bloated and crampy and generally just loving being a woman right now. I put together a full-body circuit and got it all done despite wanting to bury my face in a gallon of chocolate ice cream.
Repeat 3 times.
Afterward, I did a few minutes of isolated ab stuff. I think it helped move things along and diminish some of my cramps and bloating.

Thursday:  Elizabeth is back from Nicaragua! We ran five easy miles to celebrate and it was so much easier - I was actually surprised by our pace because it felt effortless and she hadn't run the entirety of her trip but kept up very well. It was so nice to have a buddy again!
Reunited! We took a little walk/water break around mile 4.
Friday: Back at it with the buddy workouts! We did T25's upper body focus workout and my arms felt like noodles after! We did three minutes of ab/core stuff afterward, just for fun.
Ah...the best part of a workout is sitting and doing nothing at the end!
Saturday: Rest. My armpits and arms were SO SORE from Friday's workout!

Sunday: I met Elizabeth at her house at 5:30 in the morning and we ran 6.5 miles. It was our first "long run" in a couple weeks and the weather was ridiculous - 89 degrees and 90% humidity! - but we trudged along and got it done. Around mile 5 my right calf began to ache and cramp a little bit and I realized I'd forgotten to take a salt tab. I guess they really work!
Our earlier miles were around 10:35 but after a water stop at mile 4 we slowed down a bit. I was still happy with our overall pace (10:46).

Next week I'm out of town for CRT training, so I'll be working out alone again. Hope I can keep my motivation up!

ABK

17 comments:

  1. I love that the bird sits at the very top of the tree to watch the sunset! If I were a bird, I'd do the same. :-) Yeah, I'm always surprised at how much easier runs are with friends. 89 degrees and 90% humidity is just cruel and unusual punishment thought!

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    1. Yeah, it's definitely getting hotter out. Somehow I always forget that late July/August are the WORST part of summer. I think I'm acclimated and then - BAM - real summer hits!

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  2. Look how cute you two look :)
    It is nice you have someone to run and do workouts with, that really is fun motivation.
    I still have not tried salt tabs, I need to get some. It is weird how heavy the legs can feel some days. I think you are doing great for the types humidity and high temps you deal with!

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    1. It's tough because I want to be seeing solid, measurable results but because I'm not racing it's hard to know if I'm actually getting faster. I don't want to "race" my training runs, you know?

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  3. Awesome week! I love the sunset pictures you take - they are so pretty! I have been wanting to eat ice cream for a WEEK now! I've been really good and have not gone to the store to buy some! Lets see how long I can keep this up for! :) Hope you have a good week training!

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    1. I've found that my ice cream cravings aren't as strong as they used to be now that I've been in a better workout schedule, but once in awhile nothing but REAL ice cream will do!

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  4. We have a golf course right next to our neighbor and I always want to run on the paths there, but I wasn't sure if that was acceptable or not. I guess the best policy is to just try it and see if anyone says anything. :) Obviously not ideal if it's busy, but early in the morning or late at night, the perfect paths just call my name, ha! I cannot imagine running in 89 degree weather with 90% humidity..ugh. Nice job getting out there and running through it.

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    1. I love that my course is a good mix of "trail" type paths (packed sand and gravel) and pavement, so it changes things up. Plus, I run on the grass once in awhile if I feel like it! I've never been yelled at and other people walk their dogs on it and are out there walking, so I think it's okay. It's a public course, too, so it's not super fancy and strict like some of the others.

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  5. You are doing amazing with keeping up with the weekly workouts...looks like it has all become 2nd nature and habit now! Fist pumps!!!

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    1. Yes, it finally feels like a habit! Although it was hard to keep it up without Elizabeth there...I need to hold myself accountable!

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  6. Cool that you had a friend to get through those hot and muggy miles with. Have fun at training next week.

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  7. Well that was a quick summer! I have you have fun this last week off. You know I never thought to ask this, but I guess the golf course doesn't mind if you run there? There is a really pretty course near my house but there are signs that say not to use the paths.

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    1. So, our course is public, which makes me feel like I'm allowed to run on it. Plus, there are always people walking dogs or just walking on the course after hours, so I assume it's okay. I've never been told otherwise! I figure once the sprinklers are on, the only people on the course are people putting after hours - I did pass a couple "golfers" last week...Just teenagers in golf carts messing around on the tees.

      I think sometimes those signs are like "don't use the paths when we're open because you'll get hit by a ball and die and we aren't liable now because we have a sign up."

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  8. I generally love that one week a month of being a woman... and want to kill anybody who says anything I don't like... but running and zumba keep me out of jail... I mean... sane...

    Any luck with running sneakers ?

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    1. Oh yes, I feel like without working out I'd truly be hauled away for some kind of violence.

      I had to return the sneakers and get a half size up. They finally came in the mail Monday but I'm not at home this week so I'm waiting to have them brought up to me! I hope to be running in them by Friday!

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  9. I keep forgetting to buy salt tabs even though I deal with tight calves almost every single day now. I'm sure you're right that they help! I need to get on it!

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