Monday, August 14, 2017

Weekly Roundup 7.31-8.8 & 8.7-8.13

2 weeks.  0 running. 

Since my activity levels have been low, I will highlight some of the fun things I got to do these past two weeks trying to keep my spirits up.

Kristen was home last weekend so I met up with her and Lucy for an Old Silver Beach day and then we went mudsliding at the Chart Room that night.

I made it to my one and only Cotuit Kettleers game of the season with Sarah.  While there, I sadly watched Usain Bolt lose to stupid Justin Gatlin in his last 100m race of his career.  Tear.

I had an incredible night in Welfleet at White Crest Beach.  So beautiful.

I met up with my Run Club friends after they ran.  I also went to the secret beach with run clubbers Allison and Catherine.

Unfortunately Wednesday was my last random Wednesday off of the summer.  I spent the morning relaxing before kayaking to Sampson for some beach time with Kellen.  Later that night coworker Craig made me dinner and I met his chickens.  What summer days off should be like.

Other highlights:

·      I have been laying low with BibRave but Georgie and I are excited to be testing out a new product—the Stunt Puppy Go Dog Glow Dry Collar!  Stay tuned for our full review…

Upcoming events:

·      1 week until the Falmouth Road Race!

Monday 7.31.17
8,502 steps

Tuesday 8.1.17
Taught spin class
9,012 steps

Wednesday 8.2.17
8,853 steps

Thursday 8.3.17
35’ walk with G
Taught spin class
Power Water
14,570 steps

Friday 8.4.17
6,501 steps

Saturday 8.5.17
6,719 steps

Sunday 8.6.17
Taught spin class
Burdenko H2O
11,564 steps

Monday 8.7.17
7,108 steps

Tuesday 8.8.17
9,534 steps

Wednesday 8.9.17
23’ walk with G
50’ kayak with Kellen
6,614 steps

Thursday 8.10.17
Power Water
5,963 steps

Friday 8.11.17
5,539 steps

Saturday 8.12.17
18’ walk with G and Linda
5,698 steps

Sunday 8.13.17
Burdenko H2O
11,707 steps

Last week’s mileage: 0 miles
This week’s mileage: 0 miles
Last week’s G mileage: 0 mile
This week’s G mileage: 0 miles
July Totals: 83 miles
August Totals: 0 miles
2017 Totals: 481 miles

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Weekly Roundup 7.17-7.23 & 7.24-7.30

So a lot has happened in the last two weeks since I last posted.  The biggest news from this week is that I hurt my foot and then I withdrew from Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia.

Last week was pretty good.  In fact I was happy I got to run with the Cape Cod Rehab group AND made it to run club!  It was a rare Tuesday night that literally everyone on my run club friends’ group text was there.  Even the unicorns!

I even ran long on Saturday (10 miles) making it my first double digit run since my hip injury!

The next week I took Monday off and had a hard time getting out the door on Tuesday.  Wednesday my foot hurt and Thursday I struggled to make it a mile with Georgie.

It’s been no secret that I’ve struggled coming back from my hip injury.  Running felt like a chore.  My head wasn’t in it—and neither was my heart.  I thought Philly might be the motivation I needed but it ended up adding more stress.  Timing just isn’t right and this foot thing is a good reason to take a little break from running to recharge both physically and mentally.  I will run the Falmouth Road Race for fun with friends but after that I am going to take some time off from training plans and racing.

Other highlights:

·      I tried crabs!  Totally random and unrelated to running but definitely a highlight of the week worth mentioning.

Upcoming events:

·      3 weeks until the Falmouth Road Race!

Run Club
Monday 7.17.17
3 miles (24:26)
CCR Group Run! 3 miles (26:37)
19,525 steps

Tuesday 7.18.17
Taught spin class
Marathon Sports Run Club! 5 miles (42:57)
18,599 steps

Wednesday 7.19.17
8,382 steps

Thursday 7.20.17
0.94 miles with G (9:12)
3x10 push ups
Taught spin class. The playlist: The Heart of Rock & Roll Spin Playlist
Power Water
12,888 steps

Friday 7.21.17
4 miles (29:15)
11,388 steps

Saturday 7.22.17
10 miles (1:18:41)
18,939 steps

Sunday 7.23.17
Taught spin class
Burdenko H2O
15,979 steps

Monday 7.24.17
6,024 steps

Tuesday 7.25.17
Taught spin class
1.50 miles with G (14:07)
3.5 miles (27:49)
17,987 steps

Wednesday 7.26.17
4 miles (31:26)
10 push ups
14,806 steps

Thursday 7.27.17
Taught spin class
Power Water
10 push ups
13,405 steps

Friday 7.28.17
0.90 miles with G (8:48)
9,049 steps

Saturday 7.29.17
9,287 steps

Sunday 7.30.17
Taught spin class. The playlist: Wildest Dreams Spin Playlist
Burdenko H2O
12,430 steps

Last week’s mileage: 26 miles
This week’s mileage: 10 miles
Last week’s G mileage: 1 mile
This week’s G mileage: 2.5 miles
July Totals: 83 miles
2017 Totals: 481 miles

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Weekly Roundup 7.10-7.16

Week 3 of 12

This week brought the challenge of heat, humidity and friends.  To free up my weekend I rearranged my run schedule with the intent on packing on some miles early in the week, run long on Wednesday, and squeeze in a Sunday evening run.  The plan was 24 miles but I came up short…

Monday was Cape Cod Rehab’s group run so I ran 3 miles with the group but not before running 3 miles on my own at home.  I threw in 1 mile Fartlek to reintroduce my legs to speed work.  It felt great!

On Tuesday I chose pizza over run club… (no comment) but I woke up pretty early on Wednesday morning to run long.  I had the day off but oh em gee it was humid—miserable actually—but I knew I had to get it done.  The first few miles were ok.  I even passed a guy on the path that threw up a peace sign and yelled at me to “get ittttt.”  I was actually going a lot faster than I had planned until I was about a mile and a half from home in when the humidity really got to me and I rode the struggle bus the rest of the way.  I ran.  I walked.  I stopped in front of the donut truck for awhile wishing I had money with me.  I poured water over my head and shuffled my way home.  I can’t even tell you how long I sat on my porch before I stopped sweating!  It was awful and I was wiped out for the rest of my day off!

Since I missed running Tuesday night, I knew I had to run Thursday morning before work.  More humidity.  G struggled.  I struggled.  I questioned why I liked to run.

I was up early Friday morning to pick Jen up from the bus station!  She flew in on a red eye from Wyoming for the weekend.  Her family was relocated out there 5 years ago and man I miss her.  Our friend Nicole who now lives in Florida was supposed to come too but her family got sick the week of her trip.  Jen and I hung out for the day, had ice cream for lunch then met up with Sarah for dinner.

Saturday morning our alarms went off at 4am because we were headed to Boston.  Sarah was running the Run to Home Base at Fenway Park in support of Veterans and their families.  Jen and I served as cheering squad for Sarah along with her husband Nathan and son Landon.  It was early but we had a blast.  We all spent the rest of the day in the city… brunch, mimosas, visited Nathan’s firehouse, hotel pool party… then we went to this awesome restaurant called the Tip Tap Room for dinner and drinks.  Jen ordered the antelope and I had wild boar.  Really?  Woo!

Sunday led to more adventures before we had to drop Jen off at the airport.  By the time I got home, I was exhausted and running seemed ridiculous buttt I laced up my running shoes and ran 2 miles.  That was all I had.

Other highlights:

·      I have to add a big congratulations to Sarah for completing the Run to Home Base 9k.  Not only did she fundraise for a wonderful cause but also followed a plan and she trained hard.  I’m so proud of her!

Upcoming events:

·      5 weeks until the Falmouth Road Race!
·      9 weeks until Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia!

Monday 7.10.17
3 miles (23:25) with 1 mile Fartlek <--7:13
CCR Group Run! 3 miles (27:20)
18,038 steps

Tuesday 7.11.17
Happy Anniversary! 3 years a homeowner.
Taught spin class
10 push ups
10,684 steps

Wednesday 7.12.17
8 miles (1:01:13)
2x10 push ups
17,327 steps

Thursday 7.13.17
0.94 miles with G (9:31)
3 miles (23:47)
Power Water
15,663 steps

Friday 7.14.17
40’ walk with G
10 push ups
9,199 steps

Saturday 7.15.17
18,965 steps

Sunday 7.16.17
2 miles (16:26)
11,742 steps

This week’s mileage: 20 miles
This week’s G mileage: 1 mile
July Totals: 47 miles
2017 Totals: 445 miles

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Weekly Roundup 7.3-7.9

Week 2 of 12

Happy Birthday America!  Oh my gosh, I love the 4th of July.

The past few weeks I’ve been leading the Monday night group runs at Cape Cod Rehab but with the terrible holiday traffic on the 3rd, I decided not to go back for it and I asked Erin led the run.  (Thanks Erin!)  Instead I met up with Kellen after work for a run around my neighborhood.  He signed up for the Falmouth Road Race so it’s time for him to get training!  After our run we went down to Oregon Beach and soaked up the last bit of sun for the day, ate a ton of his homemade salsa and tried the Hell or High Watermelon Beer that Melissa made me buy when I was home in Buffalo.  Loved it!

Tuesday was the 4th—aka a bonus mid-week day off!  I picked up some fresh apple cider donuts from Cape Cod Coffee and went to Craig’s house for a morning of paddle boarding at his pond.   

After that I picked up G and we were off to my parents house for an afternoon by the pool.  I made it out for 5 miles in the heat when we got home.  That night my neighbors were lighting off fireworks for HOURS so it was HOURS of trying to calm G down.  I felt so bad for her.  It was a long night for both of us.

I was pretty tired at work on Wednesday and was not feeling the run.  I brought G out for about a mile to get me going but I could only get through 2 miles on my own. 

Friday morning was probably the highlight of the week even though my week even though my whole week was pretty great.  I met up with my friend Michelle for 6 miles in Falmouth.  Why was it so great?  Michelle was one of my best friends from when I was 11 years old until I was about 13 or 14 when we swam together at the Cape Cod Swim Club.  As the awkward nerdy girl with glasses and braces, I always wondered why Michelle the cute bubbly blonde would want to hang out with me.  We started to grow apart but saw each other often as we competed against each other all 3-seasons (cross country, indoor track & outdoor track)—I was from Falmouth, she ran for Plymouth South.  We really grew apart after high school (she moved to CA) but reconnected a few years ago through social media. 

Side note: Michelle is so fun to follow on Instagram (@miss_chelle)—her pictures are awesome and her words are motivating.  She ran her first marathon in June and I can’t wait to see what she’s going to do next!

Our run took us for 6 miles along the water through Falmouth Heights.  We talked and laughed the whole way and of course stopped for many photo ops.  You would never have known that we hadn’t actually seen each other in 13 years.

Saturday was another “just get through it” kind of run.  I was tired and allergies were making me blah but I did it.  I got through it.  And I was happy that my weekly mileage totaled 22 miles, 11 of which I had company for.

Other highlights:

·      I went to Sandy Neck on Wednesday night for the first of hopefully many beach fires of the summer!

·      Friday night I took my mom to a concert at Fenway Park.  We saw Chris Lane, Nelly, Backstreet Boys and Florida Georgie Line.  It was SO MUCH FUN!  Nelly made me feel like I was 18 again (“18 with an attitude, 19 feeling snotty acting real rude…”) and he played ALL the hits.  The Backstreet Boys were also a blast from the past.  They were my first concert ever when I was 11 years old in 1997.  Backstreet’s back, alright!

Upcoming events:

·      6 weeks until the Falmouth Road Race!
·      10 weeks until Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia!

Monday 7.3.17
3.30 miles with Kellen (28:48)
16,322  steps

Tuesday 7.4.17
Happy 4th of July!
5 miles (39:17)
10 push ups
13,297 steps

Wednesday 7.5.17
0.70 miles with G (6:50)
2 miles (15:58)
14,583 steps

Thursday 7.6.17
Taught spin class
Power Water
13,579 steps

Friday 7.7.17
6 miles with Michelle (52:20)
21,085 steps

Saturday 7.8.17
0.90 miles with G (8:49)
4 miles (29:59)
2x10 push ups
10 inverted push ups
13,415 steps

Sunday 7.9.17
Taught spin class
Burdenko H2O
10 push ups
14,868 steps

GeorgieGSD: 4th of July Party Pooper
This week’s mileage: 22 miles
This week’s G mileage: 2 miles
July Totals: 27 miles
2017 Totals: 425 miles