Breakdown of my week:
• Saturday & Sunday
• 8.13 miles on a hotel treadmill, 1:31:03 (11:11 pace)
Last weekend we went to Peoria for GP’s funeral. All in all it was a good weekend of quality time with family. I got up early on Saturday to pound out my scheduled 8 miles on the treadmill – I don’t know how people run on those things regularly. Those were the longest, most boring miles of my life!
• Driving up to Illinois, we saw the Missouri and Illinois rivers very high. Driving home, though… we had to detour a Missouri river crossing, saw houses flooded, people stacking sand bags, train tracks completely under water, entire fields turned into miles–wide lakes, and drove many sections of road with water scarily high on both sides. No question that drive wouldn’t have been possible a few days later.
Unfortunately I’m a bad blogger and didn’t take any pictures.
• Monday I was home sick with a stomach bug that carried over from Sunday. I got up for breakfast, then slept clear through to lunch. By late evening, though, I thought I felt well enough for a short run and went out after dinner. Probably not the best idea ever. I’m feeling the pressure, though – my half mary in 3 weeks! – and I knew I didn’t have time on Tuesday.
• 2.98 miles, 35:11 (11:48) I jogged about 2.5 miles, then walked the rest home. Very slow, low energy run.
• I’ve been looking for my next pair of running shoes, and I knew I wanted to go with a natural running minimal shoe. I also did enough reading to know I should find a good transition to minimal shoe to avoid injury. I settled on Merrells and got these over the weekend.
The two main things I wanted were a zero–drop profile and a flexible sole. This shoe has both, plus a little support for my high arches and a fun, bright color. Turquoise is one of my favorites and they, like, PERFECTLY MATCH the blog. It’s the little things.
Anyway, I’m only doing short runs in them right now because they are definitely different to run in; I need to work up to the long distances. But after two runs this week, I know I made a good decision. I’ll write more about what I like, what I don’t, what feels different, etc. after a few more runs in them.
• I haven’t talked about this a ton, but Jon has been hard at work this semester curating, organizing and putting up a really cool exhibit at the Missouri School of Journalism. It combines photography and artifacts from a photographer’s (published in National Geographic and plenty other magazines) and his writer wife’s travels in the South Pacific.
Anyway, Tuesday was a silent auction event at the exhibit and we took home some pretty cool pieces. Jon was all business, as it was his event, but we had a lot of fun.
• I feel like every other day this week I’ve felt pretty sick. Not giving myself enough time to recover, maybe? Hm….
I intended a run and scrapped that idea as soon as I sat down on the couch. Well, laid down is more like it. Then I made dinner, talked to my parents in Brazil, and did some random light strength work while watching Nature with Jon. (Wednesday evenings is pretty regular Nature/NOVA PBS “date night” for us. Probably quite nerdy… but we see a ton of cool stuff on those shows).
• I managed 50 each pushups, back extensions and bridges; 80 reps plank variations (wide toe tap, leg raise, knee tuck); 40 reps inverse plank variations; & 8:00 of this arm routine from Tracy Anderson.
Also, this happened Wednesday morning. Is this really necessary?
• 4.01 miles, 41:15 (10:17 pace)
I didn’t officially do hill repeats, but I did take a hillier route to get an extra workout. No pace goal; I just wanted at least 4 miles. It was a pretty average run. Weather was absolutely perfect and lots of people were out at the park. I definitely run there enough to see other regulars with whom I exchange smiles or hellos, and I always like seeing families enjoying the park. It’s like this little unofficial park community.
• Wasn’t ready to leave the perfect weather in the park, so I finished with some post–run strength work. 50 each elevated dips, pushups, plank tucks, back extensions, bridges and core for 300 reps. Half a mile walk home + a good stretch session + early to bed.
• I also found out one of my grandfathers, who’d been in the hospital all week, passed away this evening. That kind of put a damper on a good night. Tough month, this April. Two deaths in two weeks for Jon and I.
• Friday will probably be some light Yoga, nothing more. Saturday morning is a community 5k #runforboston that I will probably participate in. We’ll see how I feel. I also have a 9–miler on the schedule and that’s the more important run.
Just three weeks away!
Any big training plans this weekend? How about normal life plans?
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