I feel like such a slacker on here lately. So much has been going on over here between GrandMamaSalt moving in, work stress, Betty, and other life things (good and bad, but mostly good) and I have been missing the outlet that this place gives me. I have, however, been pretty decent at keeping up with my workouts despite not having a whole lot of free time.
Let’s face it. Time has to be made. Without the exercise I would probably have completely lost my mind by now.
Monday, June 29: 5 miles on the treadmill (7:53 pace). Normally I would also go to BodyPump on Monday morning, but I went to class on Sunday instead and my rear end simply did not have any more squats left in it.
Tuesday, June 30: Unintentional rest. This day?
Pretty much the worst day I’ve had in awhile. I wasn’t feeling a workout at all by the time 5pm rolled around. Instead I went out to dinner and relaxed.
Wednesday, July 1: 5 humid, disgusting, glorious, and most importantly PAIN FREE miles (7:26 pace). As much as Tuesday sucked, that rest day did a world of good for my Achilles and I had no soreness to speak of the entire time. I threw in some abs for good measure in the evening.
Thursday, July 2: 4 treadmill miles and BodyPump class. Another pain-free run that felt so easy even though I was pushing the pace pretty hard so that I wouldn’t be late for class.
Friday, July 3: OH THANK GOD I HAD THE DAY OFF. I asked Betty if she would like to play at the gym and even though my original intent was not to run, I ended up doing 6x400s with a mile warm up and cool down. My run intervals were set to the fastest speed I’ve ever gone on a treadmill which seems like progress to me.
I was a little sore afterward so I spent a lot of time stretching and by the afternoon things were back to normal.
Saturday, July 4: Happy birthday, America! This was a busy day. Betty went to her dad’s for the weekend and I had a whole day of doing absolutely nothing ahead of me before going to see fireworks in the evening. I love my daughter more than anything in the world, but this was not such a terrible thing.
I started off the day at the gym with 30 minutes on the Arc trainer to loosen up my leg. Then I followed that with a group run at Charm City Run. It was a choose your own adventure kind of event with a 3, 4, or 5 mile option. I went with the 5 and was running with a couple of guys for awhile until the one who was leading us peeled off and we were left to our own devices. This was around mile 2.5 and according to the directions, there was definitely NOT 2.5 miles left. More like a half a mile; I run those roads all the time. I was all set to keep going and because I know the neighborhood, I was suddenly leading the run by default.
Sorry about all the hills. Not really. I love those hills.
It was raining for most of the time we were out there, but I had a fantastic time on this run, even when I saw a small child sporting the same patriotic Hello Kitty shirt that I was wearing. About 10 minutes after I got back to the store, the skies completely opened up and it POURED.
So as I said, I had no plans until later and there was apparently a BodyPump class at 12:30. I went back to the gym but it ended up being canceled and I couldn’t stand to be at the gym for no reason. So I ended up logging 3 more miles on the treadmill giving me a total of 8 for the day.
Then that night I got the best ride ever to see the fireworks.
On a firetruck. Win.
Sunday, July 5: The Tour de France started last weekend and what better way to celebrate that then a nice little bike ride on the trail? 24 sweaty, humid miles on the trail. Followed by all the pasta in the world so basically I completely negated my workout with carbs.
Weekly Totals: 27 on my feet, 24 on my bike.
Good stuff. I always like to set a little goal for myself at the beginning of each new week and this week my goal is HAPPINESS. I’m stressed and even after having a long weekend, I still feel like I could use a month long vacation. I have so much positivity in my life right now and I’m just trying to focus on those things. As long as I have my running shoes (and my Betty!) everything else should fall into place.
Speaking of Betty, last night she asked me if we could take a selfie.
Threenager? I love her.
I hope everyone had a marvelous holiday weekend and a great start to your week!
Did you guys see fireworks? Any races last weekend? Tell me about them!