Some dance-cardio helped a little, and I was glad that I didn't just go home and lay on the couch like I wanted.
Tuesday: I was in a slightly better mood, but it seemed by Tuesday that this was just going to be one of those weeks that was hard every day. Elizabeth and I changed up our routine and ran bridge repeats. The local Fit2Run was doing their speed work group run on the bridge, so our plan to fully run it four times changed; we ran it fully once (two ascents, two descents) and then just ran up to the top and back down a couple more times. Our paces were solid (in the mid-9s), and our warmup and cool down were appropriately moderate. Overall, this was a good run that left me feeling exhausted in a good way!
After we got back to the car, we did a little upper body to cap it off.
Wednesday: I created a core circuit based on different exercises I've seen floating around Instagram. We did each move for 30 seconds and the circuit was a perfect 5-minute flow. We repeated it four times and I was surprised that I was literally dripping sweat! I guess good core work is a good full-body workout, too!
|Our circuit consisted of 4 plank variations, 5 leg-raise type exercises, and jumping jacks.|
Friday: 5.25 miles with Elizabeth in my new shoes. For the first couple miles my calves were like rocks; they warmed up eventually, but my legs were heavy and sore the entire time. I was impressed with our paces considering all that, and that we went over our planned distance despite it. I guess Thursday's office activities are to blame for my legs...and the fact that this whole week was just kind of blah.
Sunday: We set out for 8-10 miles and did 7.6. Although my calf warmed up and felt good by mile 2 (after we detoured into some construction to use the porta-potty), it was just so humid and hot that we decided to call it early. Neither of us is training for anything so we have the freedom to make our long runs fit our mood, and Sunday was one of those days that needed to be cut short.
|After a nap, I met Matt and his paddling friends for brunch and refueled with ceviche and a Bloody Mary.|