My first full week back post-marathon and my first full week writing about all my adventures in my new training journal!
I don’t know why it took me so long to start keeping one of these, but I’m hooked now.
Fitness-wise this past week was fantastic. I’m still dealing with some residual pain in my lower back, but it’s a lot more manageable now. I said I wasn’t going to be running at all between Jersey and The Color Run on May 23 and yeah…as Betty would put it, I was “telling tales”. There’s a lot of extra stuff going on in my life right now and with running being sort of a form of therapy for me, I have found it impossible to quit it completely. I have just been keeping all my runs to a maximum of 5 miles and it seems to be working out okay.
Monday, May 4: 4 mile progressive run (7:26 pace) + 1 mile cool down (7:42). This was my first time back out on the road since New Jersey. I didn’t have any expectations of how it might turn out which I think made it that much more special.
Those negative splits set a positive pace for my day and that cool down felt like I was running sooooo slowwwww after that fourth mile. I wish I felt the way after every run as I did after this one.
Tuesday, May 5: I woke up super early to do some strength training in my living room. In the afternoon I hopped on my new bike for my first long-ish ride – 16 miles around my neighborhood – and it reminded me of just how much I used to love riding when I lived in California.
Wednesday, May 6: 2 mile run on the treadmill (7:55 pace) and 45 minutes of yoga.
Thursday, May 7: 3 mile run (8:05 pace). And in the evening…
Little known fact about me…I’m really good at hula hooping. Like as in 25 minutes of non-stop, non-drop hooping which I only pulled the plug on because my waist was starting to go numb. I’m loving this as an alternative exercise to do at home! Maybe one day I’ll learn to light the hoop on fire or something and do it that way.
Friday, May 8: Rest day that ended up not being a rest day. I work for a small advertising agency and we are currently building a new website which will consist of some fun and creative photos of the staff in our natural states such as Jon playing baseball, Cherae doing yoga, Chip mountain biking, and me…well running obviously. So I spent a large part of the morning running all over the building, inside and out, and breaking my very first finish line tape. We made it out of toilet paper.
I’ll be happy to share these ridiculous photos with you once I have them. Chip actually jumped over Jon with his bike and luckily no one went to the hospital.
Saturday, May 9: MRTT Group run on the trail! Sara and I are co-leaders of Moms Run This Town: Baltimore County North and we hosted a Mother’s Day Celebration run with coffee, donuts, and flowers for all the moms. There were 7 of us plus a couple kiddos along for the ride and I think most did 3 miles although I put in 5 with another mom (who was beastmode with her son in a stroller).
I was feeling really inspired to do my own stroller run later on that day, so B and I packed up some snacks and headed to the park. It was a 5K total with a nice little play break in between.
Betty approved. I’m a little proud of those paces, especially the top one because that was mostly uphill for the first mile. This is the first time I’ve run with the stroller since November and she is definitely a bigger passenger now. I think we’ll be all set for The Color Run in a couple weeks! (There’s still time to join us! BALTIMORE2 at checkout for a discount!)
Sunday, May 10: Mother’s Day! Betty hung with her dad in the earlier part of the day and I was left to my own devices. What could I possibly do with this free time!?
How about trying to fit a big bike in a tiny car? I ended up achieving this by taking out B’s car seat and taking off the Salsa’s front wheel. It fit fine, but I think I really want a bike rack.
I took the bike to the trail and rode 25 miles in the buggy, sticky heat. It was awesome…even when I got a bug in my helmet and almost crashed. I’m definitely going to need to invest in some cycling shorts though because my bony butt and a bike seat for nearly 2 hours are not such a keen combo.
And then I did this:
Totals for the week: Right around 19 miles running, a little over 41 on the bike, a yoga class and some strength training.
This week I’m focusing on short distances again, logging my goals in my new journal, and possibly taking on at trail 5K this coming Saturday morning.
How did last week go for everyone else? How was your Mother’s Day weekend? Did you run or race? Let’s make this a Happy Monday!