Two good weeks in a row! I was beginning to despair of ever stringing together two weeks of strong workouts. Last week wasn’t perfect, but it hit the right notes and I feel good having a nice run of workouts behind me as I head into this week, with lots of travel to stress me out. I am going to Memphis for work this week, leaving at the awful hour at 5:15 Wednesday morning which means I’ll have to leave my house at 3:30 AM to get to the airport in time. Yikes. On the plus side, that means I’ll get to Memphis before lunch if all goes well, which leaves me plenty of time to tackle this week’s long run that afternoon since I don’t have anything else on the schedule that day. For the rest of the trip, I’ll be tied up in work meetings from 7:30 am until 8 pm, with lots of that networking that I find so stressful. My goal this week is to make the best food choices I can and keep my stress under control, with a good bed time and breaks from the crowd of people to collect my thoughts whenever I need it. Stress is definitely my biggest lupus trigger, so I need to keep that in mind as I navigate this week.
Monday I woke up early and did 2 miles at a slow easy pace Monday morning, knowing that I had a 0.75 mile walk ahead of me that evening. As I made that walk, between my house and O’s school, uphill and still wearing my skirt and heels that I’d worn to work all day, I totally give myself credit for all 3 miles on the training plan that day. 🙂 Heels and a skirt make the miles count more, right? We had a parent meeting for kindergarten. I can’t believe how fast my baby is growing!
Tuesday Rest day, not the hill work on the schedule.
Wednesday Hill work, not quite like I wanted it to be, but good enough! I used to be really bad about shorting the warm up and cool down of interval workouts just so I could squeeze them in, rather than getting those extra miles before and after the “real” work. Those extra warm up / cool down miles have value too and I did a great job getting them when I was training for Des Moines last fall. This week, I was faced with no workout at all or a shortened version of my hill workout and I decided to get the hills done. Yay for not skipping! I promise to be better about the warm up and cool down in the future. I did 6 one minute intervals at 5% incline, 12:00 minute mile pace (a little faster than my goal for this race) on the treadmill. True, there was very little in the way of running other than those intervals as I ended up with only 1.07 miles when I hopped off the treadmill, but something is better than nothing!
Thursday 3 easy miles on the schedule, but I was crazy dizzy all day. Not sure what was going on, but I definitely wasn’t in a good place to run that day. I could barely walk so I definitely gave myself an extra rest day.
Friday 3 miles, with the middle mile at tempo pace (11:40 in this case). Like I did in the fall, I adopted the approach of race intervals rather than a specific pace when I was doing these tempo miles. I decided to start for now with 2 minute run/30 second walk, which worked well for me in Des Moines and resulted in 11:20 minute miles, exactly on target! I was pleasantly surprised to be at 11:40 now, given how stiff legged I still feel this early in training. I also did a round of body weight exercises and realized how quickly I lose strength when I stop doing this regularly! Those push ups got HARD again! My NSV this week was at the gym after this workout, when I glanced at my legs in the mirror and thought “ugh look at that loose, lumpy skin.” Let’s just say I don’t wear short shorts in public often. I walked away from the mirror after that not-kind thought and physically turned myself back around to make myself look again and think of something good about my body. It was so hard, which is so sad. It should be easier to be kind.
Saturday 3.1 miles at an easy pace with GORGEOUS weather, plus 6K+ steps (and HILLS) at the zoo all morning before the run. My good deed this week was making it a point to pick up any litter I saw around the zoo, which was depressingly a lot. (Don’t you love Oliver’s inside out style at the zoo? Some fights just aren’t worth having as a parent – inside out clothes is one of those for me!)
Sunday 7 miles at an easy pace (most in the 12 minute mile range, faster than last week’s long run) – it’s amazing how good it feels to get that workout done early in the day rather than waiting! Lots of yoga stretches and some strength training in the evening rounded out a good day.
Total for the week: Strength X 2; 16.82 miles over 4 workouts February is ending much better than it started! I feel like I’m finding a happy medium between the rest the lupus demands and the workouts I want to do.
This week, I’m so grateful for my husband who loves me despite my quirks. Butternut squash is by far my favorite vegetable and the frozen butternut squash puree is a quick easy way to get my fix. I confess I eat it like mashed potatoes. Anyway, it’s a seasonal item and I know that my local grocery stores are going to stop stocking it soon. My husband, bless him, bought all they had at two grocery stores this weekend so I had enough to last a while. This freezer is what love looks like some days. 🙂
My important question for all of you today is this: I have a few hours to kill Sunday afternoon in Memphis. Should I go see Deadpool, which I’ve been looking forward to but haven’t managed to see yet, or go to Sun Studio while I’m in Memphis? I’m thinking the latter, because I can see Deadpool at home. I was going to Graceland but ultimately decided I didn’t feel like spending the $50-ish it would cost between a ticket and parking. I’d rather get the bigger picture of Memphis’ music history. I’ve already been to the Civil Rights Museum, but confess I’m tempted to go again as it is impressive.
What would you do with 4 hours to kill in Memphis?