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 🙂 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.

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