Thanks to the holiday and traveling, this week I’ll combine my wrap up and the Tuesdays on the Run topic of “Running Pet Peeves” all in one post. It’s almost like the universe knew this would happen, as I encountered my two biggest running pet peeves on my long run this week so this is the perfect place to include them! Thanks as always to April, Patty and Erika for hosting. Be sure to check out the rest of the link-up!
This week was pretty good, workout-wise. We traveled to Arkansas to visit my family. I found out I was getting a niece at my brother and sister-in-law’s gender reveal party and O LOVED the super hero party I put together for him and the family. I had to shuffle my workouts to get it all in, but I managed for a total of 30.5 miles this week.
Monday 3 easy miles
Tuesday This is the first of the “strength” workouts in the Hanson’s approach and I confess I was nervous! You’re supposed to run these at about 10 seconds faster than goal race pace, with minimal recovery time between intervals. The training plan calls for a lot of more of these than I included in my modified approach, but I was aiming for 3 – 1 mile intervals at 11:05 pace with 0.25 miles recovery between them. I’m excited to say that I totally nailed this workout! By the third one, I was feeling it, but it is great to know that I can sustain these paces (on the treadmill at least, out of the summer heat).
Wednesday Rest day!
Thursday Since we were traveling this weekend, I did my long run on Thursday rather than Sunday. 11 miles is a lot to work into a weekend of family events, after all. I headed to the park and thanks to multiple missteps along the way (I was forgetting EVERYTHING), it was almost 9 am before I got there. Yes, I took the day off from work to get a long run in – I’ve become that person. It was really warm, and I walked a lot of mile 3 because my mom called to pow wow about the weekend events, but I was happy with my paces for all of the other miles. I’m definitely on target per the training plan paces, so I’m hopeful that Des Moines is going to go well.
– Pick up after your dog! There are garbage cans everywhere. Pick up your garbage and your dog poop. As a dog owner, I would NEVER just ignore my dog’s messes and yet I see people do it all the time.
– Bicycles, PLEASE slow down when you’re coming around a blind corner! I almost got taken out twice when people came flying around corners way too fast. I’m all for sharing the road, but let’s share safely.
Friday We tackled the 8 hour drive from Omaha to Fayetteville on Friday, so I woke up early to get my 3 mile recovery run in before we left. It was damp and rainy but good to get my legs moving before they were stuck in the car for hours.
Saturday I did my 2 miles of tempo runs up and down my mom’s quiet little country road. It was nice watching the sun rise although a little disturbing to realize how much darker it is at her house, without any street lights, than it is at mine this hour of the morning! I’ll definitely bring my little blinky light next time just in case there are cars coming. I was a little faster than I should be my first tempo mile (10:45) but right on target for the second (11:15).
Sunday Easy 4-5 miles on the schedule and I got 4 in before I had to go make O’s second Captain America birthday cake for his party. His party was a success – he said it was everything he wanted!
All in all, we had a good weekend. O loved getting to play with his family. I’m totally counting all of the literal heavy lifting I did moving furniture for my mom and setting up for my sister-in-law’s gender reveal party as strength workouts for the week, although I never got any yoga done or foam rolling. Oops. Overall, I made good food choices for a stressful family weekend (because honestly, family travel is always stressful on some level) and my NSV is not finishing the frosting on my cupcake at the gender reveal party because it just wasn’t that good. My good deed was patiently answering the questions of the Department of Health phone survey one evening this week. I know from experience as a telephone survey worker in college that those guys get hung up on an awful lot, so I was happy to cooperate for a few minutes. I’m grateful that O traveled fairly well, without getting sick or causing too much chaos other than a couple of “wedgie emergency!” episodes on the drive down.
I hope everyone had a safe and happy long weekend, if you got to take a little time off! What are your running pet peeves?