Category: Running

Weekly WrapUp 01

I’m excited to participate in my first (for this blog anyways) Weekly Wrap.  I actually wrote things down as they happened this week, so let’s jump right in.

Monday: Rest day!  I know lots of people #nevermissamonday, but I actually like starting off the week kind of low key and lazy.

Tuesday:  Crossfit class was pretty brutal.  It never seems that bad to read the board, but ….  reality.   The first part of class seemed okay – I can’t even remember what we did.  Then, we used a heavy kettlebell and were to do 3 descending rounds (20, 15, 10) of goblet squats, kettlebell swings and lawnmower rows.  If you pick a weight that is challenging for the first 2, that last exercise is ROUGH).  We ended the class with 2 rounds of 400 meter row sprints and everyone was just laid out by the end.

Wednesday:  I set my alarm and finally made it to the 6am Strength class with my Tues/Thurday trainer.  I really enjoyed the strength focus, though new people are always stressful for me.  But I paired up with someone at about my level it seemed okay.  We did deadlifts, push jerks (which were new to me) and push press with some core work and stretching thrown in.

Thursday:  I was getting up from a situp and twisted my knee strangely and it felt painful and super weird – like a rubber band was stretched wrongly inside there.  It stopped me in my tracked and I think I made a spectacle of myself.  But once I was able to straighten out my leg, the pain went away completely and I was able to complete the rest of the workout without any issue.  Later that evening, though, it felt somewhat sore and stiff.

I took it easy and Friday and Saturday, and by Sunday it felt pretty much fine and I was able to run 7.5 lovely miles before it started to twinge.  I would have liked to have made it 10, since the weather was so nice and I was feeling so good, but I figured ‘better safe than sorry.’

I’m linking up with the Weekly Wrap, sponsored by Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin.

Welcoming myself back to running

I have half-heartedly tried the 80/20 plan a few times in the past year, but never stuck with it past a few runs.  But I’m trying again, and am well into the second week.  One of Dashing in Style‘s recent posts about adjusting her running as she get older really hit home, and it was one of those things that changed my perspective on running and aging and that it all really is okay.

I have always said that I want to continue running as I get older.  But I’ve also realized that isn’t going to happen if I put so much pressure on myself that I dread getting out the door – which is exactly what was happening.   I struggle to run in the heat and humidity, but I live in Texas, so for better or worse, that is going to be something I deal with the majority of every year.  Making peace with slower runs that don’t leave me so sore and tired is going to be key in keeping going.

In addition to keeping my heart rate lower as I run, I’m starting an actual spreadsheet to track my mileage and the weather on the days I run, just so I can track if the heat and humidity really has much of an impact on my running as I think.  And also to have something to measure against next year in the heat, and hopefully prevent myself from feeling so discouraged.

And with this new blog and domain, I hope to get back to documenting it all: my running and everything else more regularly.