Weekly Recap - Fall Base Building Week 1 (8/7-8/13)

Alright, here we are. Building our base (really). We are getting ready for fall. We are not slacking off. We just finished Base Building Week 1. And I'll stop using the royal we now.

I have about 5 weeks until fall training officially starts for Kiawah. No more lollygagging.

Starting tomorrow. I lollygagged a bit last week. It happens.

fall base building week 1

Last week was spent working, working, working as well as getting ready to head out on vacation. By the time you read this, I'll actually be on vacation.

I'm off from the day job this coming week, but I'm still putting in some freelance hours (#digitalnomad and all that). But I'm thrilled to be heading to much cooler weather up in PA. It's always cooler there than here in Charleston, but it's supposed to be slightly unseasonable cool for the week we're there and I can't wait! I'm looking forward to some decent running weather. 

But first, let's talk about what happened last week, which wasn't so bad, considering how much work I had to do and that I had to get the family ready to go on vacation. Vacation prep: that's 3 dogs going to dog resort (food, treats ready, etc), 1 dog traveling with us (pick up meds from two different places, pack all her stuff), 1 three-old who doesn't travel very lightly, and me, plus a bit of last minute shopping to pick everything up we'll need. My vacation prep list was long. I left D to fend for himself on that front. I had enough to do.

Because of all of that vacation prep on top of my regular week, I didn't get myself to strength or yoga. It wasn't exactly the base building week I hoped for, but I did get in 4 runs. I'm holding steady there and next week, hopefully I'll be back up at 5.

Here's how it shook out:

Workout summary

Monday Off
Tuesday 5.01 miles at 8:57 pace
Wednesday 3.06 miles at 8:38 pace
Thursday No workout - blah
Friday 3 miles (no watch)
Saturday Off - travel day
Sunday 3.71 miles at 8:18 pace
Totals 4 runs/ 14.78 miles

Monday

What I planned: Nothing
What happened: Nothing

I knew Monday was going to be a busy work day, and I decided to take a rest day that day. I generally prefer to work out on Mondays to get the week started well, but that just wasn't my plan this week. Given how the rest of the week went, I probably should have stuck with #nevermissamonday. Oh well. 

Tuesday

What I planned: 5 mile run @ easy pace
What happened: 5.01 miles at 8:57 pace

It was so incredibly humid on Tuesday and I just could not breathe. Asthma, humidity and high dew points (98 and 79, respectively, that day) are not friends. The entire run I felt like I had a pile of bricks on my chest and Saran Wrap wrapped around my entire body and face. It was like suffocating. But I'm very glad I got it done.

It was hot out there, you guys

It was hot out there, you guys

Wednesday

What I planned:  Stretch Zone + 3 mile run @ easy pace with friends
What happened: Stretch Zone + 3.06 miles at 8:38 pace (with friends)

I'm starting to live for these Wednesday runs with friends. It is so nice to get out of the house and run with other people again. I've missed that over the past few years. I'm stoked to be training with some of them for Kiawah, too. We'll be doing Track Tuesdays, Thirsty Thursdays (run + pub afterwards), and Sunday Runday for our long runs. Excited!

Wednesday Pub Run!

Wednesday Pub Run!

Even though the weather was still gross (so humid and dew points still hanging around the "you might die" range), I was pleased to see my pace on this run. I'm definitely, definitely seeing consistent improvements like I haven't seen since probably before I was pregnant. Yay!

Thursday

What I planned: 6 miles of speedwork (800s)
What happened: Nothing

I don't even know. I had so many things I needed to get done for work (day job and freelance/business) and not enough hours to get them done, so I just put my head down and powered through. And totally missed all workout windows for the entire day. It happens. 

Friday

What I planned: Sports chiropractor visit
What happened: Sports chiropractor visit + 3 miles (no watch)

Because Saturday was a travel day for us, I realized I wouldn't be getting my Saturday run in at all. So I moved it to Friday. I didn't have a ton of time because I still had a lot of work to get done plus finishing up packing and shopping, so I just did 3 miles. I would have liked to have done 5, but that just wasn't going to work out with my schedule. 

Happy hour!

Happy hour!

Friday evening, I kicked off my vacation with a happy hour with two friends - the perfect start to vacation! 

Saturday

What I planned: Nothing - travel day
What happened: Nothing - travel day

We traveled. By car. With a 3-year-old and an old beagle. It was a long, long, long day. 

Sunday

What I planned: 6 miles run @ long run pace
What happened: 4.71 miles at 8:18 pace

Even though I wanted to do at least a 6 mile run on Sunday morning, I was exhausted from our long travel day on Saturday (14 hours in the car with tons of stops for a 3-year-old and ancient beagle) and our epic bedtime battle. We didn't get to sleep until around 1 and I didn't sleep very well at all. So I squeezed in just under 4 miles in my old neighborhood in PA. 

Sunday Runday Views - The brick house in the picture on the right is ours (we lived there when we lived in PA and we rent it out now) - Someday, we'll use it as our vacation home #goals

Sunday Runday Views - The brick house in the picture on the right is ours (we lived there when we lived in PA and we rent it out now) - Someday, we'll use it as our vacation home #goals

I haven't run that exact route since we moved away from PA. With the exception of the start and end point (we're staying in an AirBnB right around the corner from the house we lived in), it was the same as my old running route from when we lived there.

Last time I ran it, I ran around a 9:30 pace and was a brand new runner.

This time, more than 5 years, tons of races, a few moves, a pregnancy, a baby, and tons of health issues and recovery later: an 8:18 pace in wonderful fall-like (to this Southerner) weather. And that was still with being stiff and exhausted from the travel day before. I'm hoping to get in some really good runs this week while we're here. 

I ended Sunday by throwing a surprise 40th birthday party for D at his parents' house. He. Had. No. Clue. And he was pretty pissed at me for "wasting time" instead of going to his parents' house earlier in the day.

And now I'm off to enjoy our PA vacation and visits with friends and family!

How was your week? Do you run when you're on vacation?


weekly wrap

This week, I'm linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippi Piddlin'  (and guest host, Running with Attitude) for their Weekly Wrap post.


3 goals for August

New month, new goals! 

July wasn't quite as much of a bust as June, but it still wasn't quite what I hoped for running-wise. But considering how hot it's been, powering through on those runs is surely making me stronger for fall.

august goals

August is shaping up to be a little wild, but I still have goals. I pared them way down from July and I only have 3 of them instead of 5. I know my limits. 

So here they are (my goals and my limits):

1) 5 runs per week

For August, I just want to get back into the groove of running 5 days. I'll still get in my strength and yoga, but I'm not giving myself a specific number per week to do like last month. Mostly because we have a vacation coming up and I know strength and yoga won't happen during that. Running, yeah. Everything else? Nope.

I also think I need to back off (at least for a few weeks) on multiple days of strength training. I've found that it's really leaving my legs in a constant state of fatigue and now that fall training is getting real, I need to keep my legs a little happier for running.

In July, the week I only did one strength workout, my legs felt a lot fresher and I was able to run better. Since running is my primary focus at this point and I have race goals for fall, it makes sense to focus more on that now but not to leave out strength entirely. 

2) Write two UX/product-related blog posts

I have a backlog of blog posts related to UX. I've been in the industry for a while and I have a lot of information in my head that would be really helpful to other people. And I know blogging is a good way to promote my soon-to-be-officially-launched business and gain trust. So. Two blog posts. I can do this. 

3) Finish the Javascript class I'm taking

Last month I finished the first section of the workshop I'm taking. Now it's time to get into the next section and the first class for that is Javascript. I don't think I'll get through this one quite as fast as the last three because they were more familiar to me than Javascript, which is why I'm going to try to finish just one class this month instead of three. 

So here we go, August. Let's do this.

What do you hope to accomplish this month?

Posted on August 8, 2017 and filed under Goals, Life.

Weekly recap (7/31-8/6): Sigh

Sigh, sigh, sigh. That's really all I can say about this week. I had planned to get started with pre-training for fall this week, but you know what they say about plans, right? The universe laughed at me and my little plans this week. 

weekly recap

This week was nothing but frustration - the weather, work, sick husband, tantruming threenager almost every night who refused to sleep until 10 p.m. I'm exhausted. All that's left to do is sigh. 

At least I got 4 runs in? And I posted a Recent Snapshots blog post

Oh, and we broke ground on the new house. And I had a birthday, but this wasn't much of a fun birthday week at all. It was stressful, exhausting, and I was over it by Monday morning. That made for a long week.

Sigh, sigh, sigh.

Here's the weekly breakdown (literally):

Workout summary

Monday 3.01 miles at 8:35 pace
Tuesday Nothing
Wednesday Nothing
Thursday Nothing
Friday 3.13 miles at 8:28 pace
Saturday 3.01 miles at 8:39 pace
Sunday 7.01 miles at 9:22 pace
Totals 4 runs/16.16 miles

Monday

What I planned: Nothing
What happened: 3 easy miles at 8:35 pace

Even though I don't normally run on Mondays, it was gorgeous on Monday that I couldn't resist. The humidity and dew point were still atrocious and bothered my asthma a little, but the temps were in the high 60s. In July/August in Charleston, you can't beat that. 

A beautiful morning for a run

A beautiful morning for a run

Tuesday

What I planned: 5 mile run @ easy pace
What happened: Nothing

After running on Monday, I actually did make the conscious decision to take Tuesday as my rest day for the week instead of doing my originally planned 5 mile run. Had I known what the rest of the week would look like, I wouldn't have done that. Hindsight. 

Wednesday

What I planned: Yin yoga + 3 mile run @ easy pace with friends
What happened: Nothing

Sick husband, total work insanity, dog with a vet appointment over lunch (my normal yoga time) = no yoga (even though I desperately needed it for my mental state) and no run since he was sick and we didn't have a sitter.

So I missed both my yoga therapy and my Wednesday night running friend therapy last week. No wonder I was a mess.  

Thursday

What I planned: Stretch Zone + 5 mile speedwork session + HIIT workout
What happened: Stretch Zone

I should know better than to try to schedule three things in one day, even though it's technically possible: pre-work run, lunchtime Stretch Zone, and post-work HIIT session. However, technically possible doesn't mean realistic.

Because my husband was sick, I was also up in the middle of the night Wednesday into Thursday for a few hours. By the time I got back to sleep, it was almost time to get up, but I ended up oversleeping until 8 a.m. because my little beagle alarm clock also had her schedule knocked off by the middle of the night wake up and she overslept.

Meadow, my alarm clock

Meadow, my alarm clock

Oversleeping meant hurrying to get B to school and then immediately getting to work. Post-work, I couldn't go to my HIIT class because we had to meet with the builders to go over the house site (exciting stuff!). And then I was on kid patrol, so that was that.

Friday

What I planned: Sports chiropractor visit
What happened: Sports chiropractor visit + 3.01 miles @ 8:28 pace

After all the stress of the week plus my lack of running, yoga or any other workouts, I was really feeling it by Friday. It was pouring rain, but I went out and ran anyway. Because sanity is important. And truthfully, I love running in the rain as long as it's not cold outside, which it wasn't. So this run ended up being pretty perfect. 

Completely soaked from the rain

Completely soaked from the rain

Saturday

What I planned: 3 mile run @ easy pace
What happened: 3.01 mile run at 8:39 pace

Birthday alert! I woke up with a raging headache, but was determined to run. I popped some painkillers and guzzled some caffeine, then headed out before B's swimming lesson. 

I didn't feel awesome, but the run felt good and I was pleased with my easy pace even though I wasn't feeling well. 

In the afternoon, we stopped at the store and picked up a small cake (because B thought mommy should have a cake for her birthday). He picked it out and then informed that I was going to share it with him. Okay then. 

My Purple Flower birthday cake

My Purple Flower birthday cake

Sunday

What I planned: 8 mile run @ long run pace
What happened: 7.01 miles @ 9:22 pace

I'm not even entirely sure what my "long run pace" truly is right now. I think I've got the 3-5 mile easy thing nailed, at least when I run by myself. I slow down when I run with other people. But for long runs, with the wonky weather that pace can be all over the place at the moment. And that's what happened on Sunday, too. 

It was out there for Sunday Runday

It was out there for Sunday Runday

Summer was back in full force with a 90 degree heat index (when I ran, it got into triple digits later in the day), 82% humidity, and a "you might die" dew point. I was also a bit tired from being out late the night before for birthday celebrations, but still getting up as early as ever because of B. It wasn't my favorite run ever, but I'm glad I did pushed through.

So yeah, you guys. It wasn't the greatest week, although it ended much better than it started. Mentally, I'm absolutely spent, and while I'm not huge on birthdays (at least my own) anymore, it still irks me a little that my birthday week was so icky. I've had crazy weeks like this before where I was able to fit in more workouts and the stress doesn't get to me nearly as much. Running really is therapy and I get cranky when I miss it. 

On the bright side, both Stretch Zone and the sports chiropractor have me feeling great so once I do get back out there regularly (hahahaha!), I should do well. My running form is so much better. I'm not certain that it ever really recovered from pregnancy until now.  

Oh, and I'm fairly pleased to see my easy pace drop just a teeny bit and stay consistent for several runs in a row, including last week's long run when the weather was good. This bodes well for fall when the temps really drop. 

How was your week? Do you use your workouts to help relieve stress?


weekly wrap

This week, I'm linking up with HoHoRuns and MissSippi Piddlin'  (and guest host, 3 Black Cat Co.) for their Weekly Wrap post.