Weekly Rundown 3.2 to 3.15

Hope everyone is doing ok out there. Up here in our corner in Maine, we are just starting to see the COVID-19 cases the rest of the county (and world) has been seeing.

We are fortunate that we are rural, so we can get out and enjoy some nature without running into too many others. If we do see others, we can smile, take a wide pass and keep going. I am so very grateful we can still get out and get some fresh air. I hope if you live near any outdoor venues, you are getting out and relaxing in nature too. Just stay safe and healthy. Reach out to family and friends, stay involved–just don’t get together or go shopping unless necessary!

Because of the havoc going on, I haven’t been motivated to put out my Weekly rundowns. But life goes on, right? And technology is our line to each other right now. Imagine if this had happened in the 80s: no tel-education, no FB or Instagram to connect to others, no online shopping to be done. Small blessings, right?

Week One: After my high mileage week, I decided to work on hills. The treadmill wasn’t getting me in shape for those outdoors runs. Since I am surrounded by hills, I was concerned that the 5k down in South Portland would also be hilly and I wanted to be prepared. The real hills were hard, so yeah, treadmill inclines were not as good.

Monday: off

Tuesday: AM mile accomplished in a brisk 8.28 with incline 3. Still using those treadmill inclines to try to get a little extra umph. Have to admit, after my hills, 3 was no big deal. Guess I need to go steeper.

Wednesday: off — not planned, but apparently needed.

Thursday: another am run, 2 miles this time. It was my first ever sub 16 minute 2 mile, so I was pretty pumped for the day. It was 15.58, but that is sub enough for me! And it was in my new New Balance Fresh Foam Vongas. Guess they are the winners!

Friday: Hill run. I decided not to go to far from home–literally. I did a 5K running back and forth between my 2 closest hills — x 2. I was probably never more than a half mile from home as I live on one hill and the other is a quarter mile away. I had never figured out how long they were before, but since I had the time….. The hill I am always complaining about in spring as I first have to run up is 450 yards. Now, that is one lap of a track stretched out –uphill. Plus. The hill that I live on is 600 yards. I am going to say I did some good hill work.

The hill I live on. My driveway is a bit past the pine on the right. My runs start out strong if I head up, but coming home is always easy!
The hill a quarter mile the other way. This is the steepest part before it curves out of sight. If I make it to the first telephone pole, I know it will get easier.

Saturday: 2.1 miles in morning on treadmill.. Knee kicked out in beginning, so I had to start at 4mph and work up to 7.2. Really wanted a 5K but ran out of time. I was going to see a Call of Wild with friends. By the way, it was awesome!

Sunday: Ran my 5K route from house. Had some wind on the way back but managed to run it in 34:48, faster than last time. In the afternoon my friend brought her greyhound over and we walked a hair over 2 miles to the end of road and back. It was fun to see her first introduction to the 2nd hill — she was not appreciative of it!

Week Two: well, after blowing the 25% rule and running hills, I was tired. I managed to not strain anything with my leap in activity, but dang I was tired all week. Legs didn’t feel too heavy, it was more that I wanted to nap…and nap….then nap some more. I did make it through tho 馃檪 My Thirsty Leprechaun 5K that was scheduled for Saturday had been changed to a virtual run–we were invited to run a 5K wherever and whenever, then upload our time and print off a completion certificate. Our shirts were mailed out to us. I got it in record time! It is one of my better ones too.

Monday: off

Tuesday: after work run!! I was too lazy to get up in the morning, so I forced myself out the door (thank you daylight savings) after work and up the hill. I managed 1.79 miles in a fairly slow time (it was mostly uphill on the way out) and did a short yoga session to stretch after.

Wednesday: off. Apparently it is habit forming.

Thursday: a short yoga session after work is about all I wanted to manage.

Friday: disastrous workout. Tried new Brooks Launch 7s, ran .3 miles and decided they were NOT going to work. Traded shoes, finished mile but had no omph, so called it. There was that tired thing again. Took the Launch 7s back the next day.

Saturday: It was supposed to be the day of the Thirsty Leprechaun 5K, but since it had been cancelled my friend and I took a windy walk on Rail Trail with the dogs. We walked 3.4 miles, and it took about an hour with our pooches sniffing endlessly.

Sunday: 5k run for my virtual Leprechaun race. Decided to use my 5K course right out the door and managed to cut 2:10 minutes off my time from last week, finishing with 30:34. Not a great 5k time, but considering the 7 hills in the course, I was more than pleased with it. When normally I would be slacking off up a hill, I kept telling myself that if this was a race with people in front of me, I wouldn’t be slacking, so I didn’t let myself. I admit, I have tendency to “save” for later in the run, but then the run isn’t that hard and I never use it. I need to learn to run harder earlier on.

Quick Note

Like so many other runners, my race for Saturday (the Thirsty Leprechaun 5K) has been cancelled. It was the first race of my season, and I trust there will be others in the season!

Meanwhile, I hope everyone out there is safe and staying that way. I happen to work for a hospital (I am NOT medically trained), and I thought I would put out some of the stuff they shared yesterday.

What Should I Do if I have Flu-like Symptoms?
For your health and the health of others, do not arrive unannounced at any Express Care, your primary care office or the Emergency Department. Please call ahead so our medical staff can prepare for your arrival.
聽路聽聽聽聽聽You or someone you know experience fever or symptoms like the flu or cold, stay home.
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What Can I do to Protect Myself and My Family?
Here are some things we all can do to lower the risk of spreading any virus:
聽路聽聽聽聽聽Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
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Additionally, try to stay out of crowds (which is why they are cancelling everything). For accurate info, go to the CDC.gov website. They have current data, updates and ideas to keep you and the family safe as possible. And don’t panic!! Toilet paper will be available–if not, there are always tissues 馃槢

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Weekly Rundown

Well, I completely ignored that pesky 25% rule. You know, the one that says you shouldn’t increase your mileage by more than 25 % per week to prevent injury or muscle stress.

I wanted to run 2 miles on Tuesday, but I had some time issues–as usual–and only managed one. Then I thought, I could do a reverse pyramid: one more mile every day. And I did 馃檪

I would like to say, for me, blowing the 25% rule worked. Not suggesting it for everyone. But I felt fine during my first run the following week, which makes me think I really have been slacking and I am in shape to do more than I had been. I pretty much leapt from 7-9 mile weeks to a 15 mile week and my body didn’t argue with me. Guess I better keep it up!

Monday: off

Tuesday: AM run, but somehow getting out of bed did not seem that attractive. By the time I got down to the treadmill, I only had time to do 1 mile. And quickly at that: 7-7.7 MPH for a brisk pace. I used #1 incline to make it a just a little harder for me. I hit the dang safety after .2 mile and had to start over, I did run a full mile after replacing.

Wednesday: AM run again, 2 miles this time to keep with the plan of adding on a mile each day. Love it when a plan comes together. I did some PM yoga when I got home from work. Only 14 minutes, but it was mostly strength poses that made me feel good 馃檪

Thursday: I took the day off from running, and did my resistance training on the Alpha Ball in the evening. I did 1×15 of the B set, plus 4 exercises from A. B is very core intensive, I can always feel my tummy the next day. I pushed my knee too much during my yoga stretches, and it was quite stiff as I went up to make dinner. Fortunately it bounces back pretty well these days, and felt fine the next morning.

Friday: I decided to take my running outside–my first 5K is next week! So I did my personal 5K, that I haven’t done since last fall. Um, it SUCKED. First were the hills. Either the treadmill inclines are not enough, or I am not doing enough of them. Personally, I am going with no treadmill can prepare you for real hills, especially when there are seven of varying steepness and length in the course. Then there was the wind. On the way back I was coming up a hill with the wind being channeled down by trees and for a moment I wondered if I was actually making progress! I knew I was picking my feet up and down, didn’t feel like I was going anywhere. And as I passed the blueberry fields the wind blew each exhalation back down my throat. I still hadn’t quite figured out my sneakers and my feet got uncomfortable after 2.5 miles. Not hurting, just uncomfortable. But, on the bright side, I did it! 3.36 miles outside. And it was sunny–frigid, but sunny. I regained my breath with a 6 minute yoga stretch after, then called it a day.

Saturday: I had exchanged my sneakers–again– the previous day when we went to town, getting Brooks Glycerin 19s. I had tried on the Glycerin 20s and didn’t like them but the 19s seemed better so I brought them home. I did a test run on the treadmill–I can exchange them as long as I don’t get them dirty, so no outdoor runs til I want to keep them! I did 4 miles (there was my extra mile). The run itself felt ok, considering I hadn’t run that far in forever, but 4 miles on a treadmill is, well, 4 miles on a treadmill! I chose to do it a a solid 6 mph to work the sneakers in. This pair lasted longer, but my feet were feeling uncomfortable by the end. I took Daisy out to walk beforehand to warm up, we did 2.04 mile in 34 min. We jogged a bit up the hill on the way back, which is what made me decide to get on treadmill as soon as we got back instead of later.

Put the bigger beasties out back so they could run a bit too

Sunday: did my first 5 miles of year. The run felt good, a bit euphoric emotionally since it went so well. But the Glycerins gave me a blister. No running shoe has ever made me blister–in fact, none of my previous shoes ever really had a “break in” period, they were pretty much plug and play. So those sneakers are going back! Walked Daisy again, but I held her back to 1.36 miles so she won’t overdo. She would walk for miles, but I am concerned about her muscles not feeling so good the next day until we get her in shape.

Weekly Rundown

Halfway through February and how am I doing?

Well, I made the mistake of checking my weekly milage since the new year. I am a little depressed, I was below 10 miles for most weeks. And the Ghost 11 sneakers I had bought (because it was hard to find Ghost 10s) just weren’t working out.

I have to say, I love Brooks. I started with the Glycerin and have been through 3 pairs of Ghost 10s. They did not make the 11s the same. I hate it when they change things. I run with a mid/fore strike, and the 11s did fine for about 2 miles, then my feet started feeling numb. The drop didn’t change, and the BioMoGo DNA and DNA LOFT cushioning were the same, but somehow my foot was not liking it.

I took into account that maybe my feet needed some TLC after too much footwork, and I spent some time attacking them with lotion and using a foot massager in between my runs. Didn’t seem to make a difference. So I spent Friday morning researching good sneakers for a mid strike. And then I went shopping.

Monday: off

Tuesday: It was a long day at work, so I just did 21 minutes of “free” yoga when I got home. Free basically means I just flow into whatever pose feels good until my day is gone and I can go make dinner.

Wednesday: My husband went snowmobiling up north, leaving me with more free time than normal on a weekday. I did an AM run (1 mile at 7-7.4 MPH) before saying good bye to him and heading off to work. I decided to do a PM run as well since I was home alone. However, my attempt to pair my headphones with the TV ran into a snag and the app I wanted to watch was very low volume, so I substituted a walk instead. I did a brisk walk at 3 MPH, carrying 1lb weights and inclines 3 and 7 for 17 min.

Thursday: another free evening, so I slept in a few minutes in the morning and had another PM run. This time I ran 2 miles in 16 :50, it felt like it took forever but I made it! I finished up with 9 min of yoga to stretch. Great thing about being home alone–I had salad both nights so I didn’t have to cook!

Friday: My weekly 35 minute run on the treadmill. Since I am trying to go slower occasionally, I set it at 6.0 MPH and did exactly 3.5 miles.

Saturday: a busy day! My husband wanted to go to Portland to a boat salvage, so I figured out everything I’d like to do in the city. We hit Trader Joes, the salvage and a music store–for him. I have no ability beyond enjoying music. Which I do, greatly. Because I knew we wouldn’t be home early (and I had company coming that night) I did my treadmill program workout first thing in the morning. I spontaneously picked #10, which had max speed of 6.8 @ #4 incline alternated with 4.9 and 5.3 speeds with max of #8 incline. Needless to say, I felt well exercised when I was done! The last stop we made before coming home was to shop for sneakers. I tried on several, finally settling on Ghost 12s as they felt more like my 10s. I got them at Dicks, which is great because if I run in them (and keep them clean), I can still return them.

Sunday: my testing sneakers run! I simply planned on 20 minutes, but then they felt ok, so I added another 5 minutes. At that point I was at 2.8 miles, so I figured, hey, lets just do a 5k. Later in the day Daisy and I went for a walk with Jerb and Lelah. Lelah is a friend of mine, and Jerb is a retired greyhound that is a friend of Daisy. Amazingly, her little legs go so fast and his long steps are pretty languid, they really walk very well together and we did a slow 2.26 miles in 49 minutes. The sun was out and there was some melting puddles, but overall, a good time was had by all.