It’s Monday, so I’m linking up with Tara for another edition of Weekend Update! This was a crazy week, mostly due to customer induced insomnia. I won’t bore you with all of the details, but this person had me so stressed out. Stressed is desserts spelled backwards, in case you didn’t know. Anyway, I’m glad that is over with.
Monday- 4 miles @ 8:33 pace. Haylie was sick so I was staying home with her. I still got up early so that I could get a run in before she woke up and before my husband left for work. I really enjoyed being able to run in the morning since it’s so much cooler this time of year. I got to see a beautiful sunrise and a turtle!
Usually Monday is my rest day, but I had a hair appointment on Tuesday so I decided to mix it up. I only get my hair cut a few times a year and I don’t like spending a small fortune only to immediately ruin it afterward. We also got a pretty crazy storm that night.
Wednesday- 4.5 miles of track work. We did a 3 lap warm-up followed by a 5×400 two person relay, a 2 lap cool down, another 5×400 two person relay and finished up with a 3 lap cool down. We were paired with someone who ran a similar pace so that our recovery time was about the same. I’m loving these relays! It’s a fun way to mix things up.
I ran 3.6 miles with a co-worker before work again, while ranting about previously stated customer. See running is free therapy!
Then we took Haylie to her 2nd swim class.
Later I ran 5 miles with Fleet Feet. It was rainy so we ran a different route which kept us closer to the store in the event of a torrential downpour. I also got a lovely, bright pink shirt from CEP which I can’t wait to wear! Apparently they don’t sell them, so that makes it extra special. I do have a pair of their compression sleeves on my never ending wish list of things that I “need.”
Saturday- I decided to order the Iron Strength workout for Runners DVD which I learned about from Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes. I was all set to go for my long run that morning. I had laid out my clothes the previous night and everything, but the minute that the sun came out it began to rain. The forecast looked horrible. I don’t mind short runs in the rain but I need my music for long, solo runs and I don’t think that rain is good for headphones. I should’ve planned ahead and switched my long run to Sunday and Orange Theory to Saturday.
More than that though, toward the end of my Fleet Feet run on Thursday I was feeling a twinge of the old IT band pain. I had this problem when I was marathon training last year as well. It didn’t end up being anything major at the time thankfully. I got an MRI and my doctor said “well either you’ll be able to run the marathon or you won’t.” Excuse me sir, but you are clearly not a runner. At that point, I would’ve dragged my lifeless body over the finish line if that’s what it took. I digress, I’ve been meaning to incorporate more strength training into my routine in hopes of avoiding further injury and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try out my new DVD.
It was a great workout and I know that I’ll be feeling it tomorrow. I may or may not have cursed him out a few times. 🙂 I wasn’t sure what to expect at all. I was a little concerned because of the stitches in my elbow and having very limited space to work with. The space wasn’t an issue at all. I had plenty of room to work with amongst my daughter’s toys in the living room. My elbow wasn’t a problem either until the planks at the very end of the workout, so I had to do a little improvising. I’m hoping this workout will help to improve my running.
This was the first Saturday since I can remember that I skipped my long run. I know that it was the right decision though, especially with my 11 Ragnar teammates and Girls on the Run of MoCo counting on me in October. I’m the worst at telling people to listen to their bodies, but never heeding my own advice. I’m incredibly stubborn that way.
After I showered, it was time to deliver a cake to DC.
Since it was rainy and I was exhausted, the rest of the day was mostly spent relaxing on the couch in my yoga pants, which I think is the perfect way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon. I watched my first episode of American Ninja Warrior and I’m afraid that I’m hooked. The upper body strength of some of those people alone is absolutely amazing! If they ever came to the DC area I think would be so fun to try out, not that I’m strong enough by any means, but it would be a cool experience. I also indulged in a glass of wine. I never drink these days, except for when I was in Paris, but this week certainly called for some wine. Then I slept for an amazing 7 hours!
I felt so much better after a good night’s sleep, mostly mentally because my body hurt from my Iron Strength workout the previous day. My knee actually felt good today, much to my surprise. Maybe it was just a little flare-up. That’s what I’m going with anyway. The rest of my day was spent washing laundry as per usual. Oh how I love laundry day. 🙂
I did enjoy this yummy Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie for breakfast. Recipe courtesy of Allison @ Inverted Sneakers.
Have a wonderful week everyone!
Have you ever watched American Ninja Warrior? What do you recommend for strength training workouts? Any tips for dealing with IT band issues?
If you would like to help me reach my fundraising goal for Girls on the Run, I’m including the link below. Every little bit helps and would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance!