Happy Sunday and happy Mother’s Day to all mothers–including those of use who have four-legged kids! 🙂 My husband, greyhound, and I are headed to my mom’s house to spend the day with her.
Life happened this past week. I was busy and had little time for working out and blogging, which is why I was so absent. It was a really off-week for me, but I’d rather weeks like this happen when I’m not training.
I posted about this Friday, but I just realized that many blog comments were going into a junk mail folder that I’d never checked. Again, I apologize to anyone who thought I wasn’t letting her comments through! I think I got it worked out and approved all the comments that had gotten stuck.
Here’s how last week went down.
Week at a Glance
- Training mode: In off-season between training cycles
- Days running: 3 (!)
- Miles this week: 14.1 (!)
- Miles this month: 19.1
- Miles this year: 618.84
- Strength training sessions: 2
- Time strength training: 70 minutes
I did 35 minutes of lower body and core strength training.
Intervals: 5 miles (49 degrees)
I did 6 x .25-mile repeats with equal recovery and warm-up and cool-down. I wanted to push the pace a bit and was excited to see splits under 9:00 for the first time ever! I ended the workout feeling like I could do more repeats and felt really good. Splits were 8:53, 8:43, 9:06, 9:06, 9:12, and 9:01.
Tempo run: 5 miles (49 degrees)
I did the same workout as last week–a 2-mile warm-up, 2 tempo miles with a 10:00 target pace, and a cool-down mile. This was really tough for me, and I just wasn’t able to hit my paces. Splits were 10:20 and 10:08. I need to keep working at it.
The exciting moment from this run was getting attacked by a momma goose. The geese and their babies were blocking the trail. I saw another runner up ahead stop to consider, then just run fast through them. I thought that might work for me too, but momma was on high alert by then. She came after me, but I kept squirting her with my water bottle until I got away. I went back another way!
Unplanned rest day. I’m a morning person and am rarely tired when I wake up. When my alarm went off Friday morning, I was incredibly tired and just could not get up to run. Of course I’ve taken planned days off running, but I don’t think I’ve ever not run in the morning because I was tired in…a year? More? I planned to run after work, but that plan usually doesn’t work out for me, and sure enough by the end of the day the last thing I felt like doing was running. So, no running, which felt really weird.
Easy run: 4.1 miles (49-61 degrees)
I met Anna for a run on the trail, where we luckily ran through before the Color Run started because we absolutely didn’t want to get caught in that mess. To bypass it on our return trip, we ended up running through some sort of motorcycle rally by Heinz Field. You never know what to expect on weekend summer runs on the trail!
Afterwards I did 35 minutes of lower body and core strength.
We took Django on a long walk to the park then hung out on or patio until it was time to start getting ready for our friends’ wedding. I met them through an online forum for greyhound owners when we first adopted our greyhound nearly four years ago, and we regularly get together with our greyhounds. The wedding was at an art gallery with an outdoor courtyard, so it was really cool. They watch Django when we go on vacation, so many people I met at the wedding knew Django. One couple even told me they went hiking with him! I love that my dog has his own circle of friends apart from us! Their two greyhounds were there, with flower garlands around their necks, and brought out their rings. So cute! It was a really nice wedding and a fun time.
I’d planned to run with Anna and Jamie. But after lots of champagne and sampling non-vegan donuts the night before, I was in no shape to run. Who am I?! Missing not one but two runs in a week??? Ah, well. Again, it’s good to get this out of my system now before training starts! Instead of running, I took Django on a long walk on the trail.
I’m hoping to have more breathing room this week and am looking forward to getting back into my regular running, strength, and blogging routine.