Weekly recap (7/18-7/24): Is that a light I see?

They say that the hard times make you appreciate the good stuff even more. After going through some pretty awful stuff in the first half of this year, it's safe to say that I'm very glad to be back to a familiar routine and that I finally reached the light at the end of a very dark tunnel.

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There were some good things though, even if the first half of the year was extremely rough. I was able to make some much needed headway in other areas I'd been wanting to work on but didn't have the time or energy. So now I'm back on the right track with some added bonuses coming along the way - like freelancing clients and the beginnings of a product line for my blog (or at least a plan for it).  

And with that, I'm hoping the constant stress and sickness is behind me and that I can now settle in to my new routine, which I'm absolutely loving. 

 

So let's talk about my week...

First things first - I've been continuing with better eating habits and I'm feeling so much better. More energy, less bloated, and just generally feeling good and I know that's helping with better workouts.

Protein pancake for breakfast - Delicious!

Protein pancake for breakfast - Delicious!


Workout recap

Last week's workouts

  • Monday: Off
  • Tuesday:  Speedwork - 5 miles, 5x800s with 400 recoveries plus warmup and cooldown
  • Wednesday: Easy run - 3.03 miles (8:36 pace), Mid-80s, 90% humidity
  • Thursday: Barre class
  • Friday: BodyFlow class
  • Saturday: Easy run (met a friend, ran her pace) - 3 miles
  • Sunday:
    • Barre class
    • "Long" run - 7.02 miles (8:56 pace)

Last week's totals

Running miles: 18.05 miles
Total runs: 4
Barre/strength: 2
Yoga/BodyFlow: 1
Total workouts: 7


Monday
I started my new job and I wasn't sure what the day would look like, so I took a rest day from working out. I'm to report that the new job is going very well! 

Tuesday
Did you see it up there? On Tuesday I did speedwork! I haven't done speedwork in months!

I took advantage of my new O2 fitness membership by using the treadmill for my speed session. I set it at a 1% incline and did a 1 mile warmup, followed by 5 x 800s in the 7:13-7:18 range (8.2-8.3 mph on the treadmill, 3:35-3:37 total time for each 800) with 400 recoveries. I took those recoveries pretty slow since this was my first time on the speed train in a while, then I did the remainder as a cool down to get to 5 miles. 

treadmilling

treadmilling

Since I'm still building back up some strength, it was a little slower than I've done in the past, but I was pleased with it and I was happy to be back to speed work! I'm not a big fan of the treadmill, but with the triple digit heat indexes and dew points well over 75, it's just better to do these speed sessions indoors right now. 

Wednesday
Just an easy run on Wednesday, but easy translated to the 8:30 pace range, which made me extremely happy especially considering the weather (hot, humid, sticky). This is the runner I used to know. I hope she sticks around this time.

Thursday and Friday
I took off from running these two days and did some strength and yoga work. Thursday, I went to barre class at Barre Evolution. That always gives my quads a crazy workout. 

Barre Bun

Barre Bun

Friday I had intended to run, but the backs of my legs were so tight that I opted for BodyFlow (yoga) at O2 Fitness instead. That was definitely the right choice. Since I haven't officially started training for my fall races, I didn't feel bad about skipping a run for a bit calmer workout. 

Saturday
I met up with a friend and I let her take the pacing lead since our paces are wildly different. We ended up doing a very slow run/walk, which was fine with me. We had some good conversations and it gave my legs a little bit of a break since I started pushing them a bit harder this week. 

Saturday's Views

Saturday's Views

Our day Saturday was packed with friends and activities after that - B had a birthday party for one of his friends in the morning, then in the evening we went out to dinner with other friends. And there were oysters. I was delighted. Oysters are healthy, right?

Oysters - my favorite food ever!

Oysters - my favorite food ever!

Sunday
I started the day with a barre class and wow, it was a tough one! The instructor had some new moves that set my quads on fire. I could tell during class that my legs were a little fatigued from the rest of the week's ramped up workouts, but I made it through and with full splits on both legs (and nose to knee!). I'm always proud of myself for maintaining flexibility while being a runner. Most runners aren't exactly known for being flexible and I know that that flexibility helps keep injury at bay. 

Since it was still hotter than blazes, we headed to the pool after I got back from barre class. B loves the pool so much and I can't say I'm sad to be hanging out in the water, either. We spent an hour or so there, then headed to lunch at Boone Hall Market Cafe.

Swimming and Splashing!

Swimming and Splashing!

Lunch time!

Lunch time!

Sunday evening, I got in my long run for the week. I love evening running (pretty sure I've mentioned that a million times before!). My legs were seriously hosed from the morning's barre class, though, so they were sore and tired and just didn't want to move. But I did it. And I was thinking to myself how cool it felt outside when I was out running. When I checked the temperature it was still 90 degrees with heat indexes in the 90s, 85% humidity and a crazy high dewpoint (over 80, I believe - gross!). And apparently, I thought that was not hot. That's how hot it's been here recently. 90 degrees feels cool. Good times. I was so glad to have that run done.  

And that was my week, guys. After the hard times of the first half of the year - having so many health issues, terrible running, missed workouts, and awful life situations, I'm so happy that things are finally better. And even though harder workouts like speedwork are torture, I'm glad to be back at it again because I can be back at it. Just a few more weeks and I start official training for my fall racing season, and I'm hoping it's a good one!

Anyone else getting excited for fall and fall training yet?


PS - I've been linking up for the past several weeks with HoHoRuns and MissSippi Piddlin'  for their Weekly Wrap post and I really love it. You can check out all of this week's posts here.

 

Race recap: IOP Beach Run 5K 2016

Last Saturday, I ran the IOP Beach Run 5K. Yep, it's on the beach. In July. There's also a 10K option, which I attempted last year, but wasn't planning on going anywhere near that this year. I'm hoping this is the last recap I write in a very long time where I talk about how I had to deal with racing/running while sick. 

IOP Beach Run 5k Race Recap by Into the Glimmer

Here's the condensed version:
I was still feeling weak and sick, I ran miles 1 and 2 at a sub-8 pace, but felt too sick to continue that in mile 3 and ended up walking and slowing my run pace down significantly. My finish time was 26:26 (8:31 pace), another slow one. Blah. Amusingly, I ended up with 2nd in my age group. I don't really feel like I deserved that, but it happened and the medals were a cool design. 

Mid-race I was cursing my decision to run this race again, but I am determined to conquer this race. Next year, I'll be back and I'll be healthy (and faster). But it's safe to say I'll never attempt the 10K again like I did last year. It's just too hot and miserable in July to be racing that distance on the beach.

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And that's all I'll say about my particular race execution.

The real highlight of the morning, other than being at the beach, was that B ran his first baby dash! He was by far, the littlest guy out there and he ran the entire 100 yards with the biggest smile on his face. Just pure toddler joy and my heart was exploding. But really, pictures can show it so much better than I can tell it. 

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Between our races, B and I had a blast playing and splashing in the tide pools. He collected a bunch of shells and kept jumping up and intentionally landing on his butt in a seated position. I'm not sure how that didn't hurt, but he was a loving it!

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tidepool-fun-at-iop
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A few other race details...

The course is an out and back course right on the beach. It's mostly packed sand, but there are some rough patches and tide pools (this obviously would vary by the day). 

Like last year, the water stop was ill-placed - after mile 2 of the 5K instead of at the turnaround point. I'm not even sure if there was another water stop for the 10Kers (there wasn't last year). When you're racing on the beach in July in the South, you need better water stop support. 

There are several kid race options including a 1 mile, half mile and 100 yard baby dash, and all finishers for those races get a ribbon. I love this about this race and it's one of the reasons I'll do it every year. 

Race info

Race: IOP Beach Run 5K (also a 10K option and three kids' races)
Date: July 16, 2016
Location: Isle of Palms, SC
Course: Flat, on the beach, out-and-back course, no shade
Cause: None that I could find
Weather: 80+ degrees, 100% humidity, heat index: 90-something
Performace (1/worst to 5/best): 1
Health: Recovering from the latest round of allergy/cold/sinus issues. No asthma problems!

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B's participant Ribbon and my AG Medal

B's participant Ribbon and my AG Medal

Other than that, the race is fairly no-frills (see: lack of water stops), but it's a good time and it's nice to be able to put your feet in the ocean after it's over.

This is why I live in Charleston. Beach races and tide pools on a random Saturday morning. Not such a bad gig. 

Anyone else get out and race in this crazy heat?  

 

Weekly recap (7/11-7/17): Always an adventure

With three dogs and a toddler, there's rarely a dull (or relaxing) moment in our house, and last week was a prime example of that. 

I had designated this week as my week of summer vacation before starting my new job on Monday. I had big plans to do nothing other than get a lot of sleep, go the beach, and work out. 

Where i planned to spend most of my week

Where i planned to spend most of my week

But I have a real issue with just taking it easy. I feel like I always have to be working on something, even if it's not work, like this blog (I updated my About page, among other things), side projects, finally getting the jewelry design thing together, working on other products, etc, etc, etc, and I feel guilty if I just relax. So I didn't get a ton of relaxing in at all, plus we also had a few random (and freak) happenings around our house that took time away from that sleeping and relaxing thing. 

Overall, I did well with getting in all of my workouts this week. I did miss out on paddleboarding, though. Sad! Maybe next week. Because I'm still recovering from this latest bout of illness, my runs this week were slow and most included some walking, including the race I did on Saturday at the IOP Beach Run 5K. By Sunday evening, though, I was starting to feel much, much better and was able to at least run the entire run without walking at all. While it's frustrating to be so slow right now, what I'm dealing with is no different than recovering from an injury, so slowness is to be expected. 


Workout recap

Last week's workouts

  • Monday: Barre class
  • Tuesday:  Off
  • Wednesday: Easy run/walk - 3.02 miles (9:29 pace), Heat index 101
  • Thursday: Easy run/walk - 5.02 miles (9:22 pace), Heat index 100
  • Friday: Barre class 
  • Saturday: Easy run at the IOP Beach Run 5K (ran miles 1 and 2, walked in mile 3) - 3.10 (8:31 pace), Heat index 96
  • Sunday: "Long" run - 6.11 miles (8:57 pace), 80 degrees (heat index somewhere in the 90s)

Last week's totals

Running miles: 17.25 miles
Total runs: 4
Barre/strength: 2
Total workouts: 6


Monday
I had a relatively quiet day - I went to barre class and then worked on a few things that I wanted to get done. I like Mondays like this. 

Tuesday
I wasn't feeling well on Tuesday, so I decided to skip the workout. But we did get some beach time on Tuesday evening after dinner. The water felt so refreshing after dealing with these triple digit heat indexes and B had a fun time splashing around and building sandcastles. 

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Tuesday evening right after we got home from the beach, my big baby of a beagle, Lucy, jumped off the bed (or something, I'm not entirely sure what happened) and hurt her front right shoulder. She screamed when I touched her and wouldn't walk on it, so I took her into the emergency vet. 

A few hundred dollars and a shot of painkillers later (along with some pills to take along), I took a very whiny, gimpy dog back home. She whined and yiped through the night if we touched her or moved her, so I was pretty worried about my little beagle girl. 

Wednesday
Wednesday I woke up with a headache that started with pressure at my ears, and pain that went all the way up my face and down the back of my head to my skull.

Lucy, on the other hand, woke up feeling spunky and chipper with no recollection of the fact that she had hurt herself the night before. She was jumping around and just fine. At least she wasn't hurt worse, but that dog is the biggest baby when it comes to pain I've ever seen. Of our three dogs, she's definitely the most pain intolerant, but since I'm never sure if it's serious or not, she goes to the vet just in case. 

Yep, no issues here

Yep, no issues here

Sadly, I missed paddleboarding because I wasn't feeling good. I felt a little bit better later in the day, so I did get a short run-walk in with the triple digit heat index. 

Thursday
I felt a little bit better on Thursday. Still had a ton of pressure and some pain, but not nearly as bad as Wednesday. I got another run-walk in on Thursday in the crazy heat. 

I went to a specialist on Thursday to try to finally get to the bottom of this year and half long illness (and really, I've been plagued with allergies and sinus issues my whole life, but in the past year and a half it's gone completely out of control to the point where I was constantly sick). I wrote a full blog post about it, rather than putting it in this post and making this post ridiculously long. Read if you wish. There may be a Golden Girls reference. 

Thursday night we lost power around 2 am and our smoke alarms went haywire, beeping intermittently. They weren't full-on going off (thank goodness), so B didn't wake up, but they did send all three beagles into a shaking, scared frenzy. They all piled on top of me in bed and tried to crawl inside my shirt. It took about 2 hours for them to calm down after the alarms stopped beeping. Fun times!

Friday
I started my day with barre class at Barre Evolution. I was feeling pretty awful - really tired and really weak, but I'm glad I went to class. 

Dinner views

Dinner views

In the evening, we went to dinner at with some friends who are in town from Charlotte at Morgan Creek Grill at the Isle of Palms Marina. This place is always fun since they have a big sandy area right by the marina for kids to play, and of course, it was nice to see our friends (two of whom I may have talked into doing the Palmetto70 Relay with me in March). 

Saturday
I ran the IOP Beach Run 5K on Saturday morning. I definitely didn't have the energy to race it, so I did what I could. At least I finished. The highlight of the morning, though, was Little B running his first baby dash! I'll post a full recap of our morning later this week. 

B loved the tide pools!

B loved the tide pools!

After our morning beach fun, we decided to head to the pool. Unfortunately, they closed it just as we were getting there because of storms in the vicinity. So we went home and filled up the kiddie pool for B to splash around in in our backyard since the storms weren't near us at that point. 

However, in the middle of the night Saturday night the thunderstorms found us. The beagles hate thunderstorms. They woke me up so they could try to crawl inside my shirt. Again. So I was up with them for a few hours. Again. Good times. Again. 

Sunday
After relaxing in the morning with coffee, I headed to brunch with some friends. It stormed most of the day (the dogs loved it!), so we were stuck inside. It finally cleared in the evening, so I was able to get my "long" run in for the week. I did 6 miles and it was awesome! It was also my longest run since May. It was in the 80s with 100% humidity, but I felt great. This is definitely a good sign. 

I am finally starting to feel better. My asthma doesn't bother me at all and my lungs have never felt this good. Ever. And I got through this latest illness without it turning into an upper respiratory infection and without going on antibiotics and steroids. I think we might be turning a corner here. 

While most of the week wasn't so relaxing, the weekend was relatively low-key and it was nice to have some down time before the new job starts. 

Rough week for these nutters

Rough week for these nutters

So really, it was a tough week to be a beagle in my house, but otherwise, we had some fun at the beach, I started to feel better, and B ran his first race! Not a bad week for the humans. I'm looking forward to next week and maybe starting to feel like a normal person again instead of tired, sick one. 

So how are you all holding up in this crazy summer heat? Anyone else have dogs who hate thunder?


PS - I've been linking up for the past several weeks with HoHoRuns and MissSippi Piddlin'  for their Weekly Wrap post and I really love it. You can check out all of this week's posts here.