Monday: Labour Day! Which meant I could meet Patty at the entirely reasonable hour of 7 am for a run by the lake, rather than something godawful like 5 am. Took it easy in case my hip decided to act up (it was fine) and did 8k. The weather was horribly humid, so I was glad we were only doing 8k.
|We waded into the lake to soak our calves after the run, which felt so good I had an impromptu ice bath when I got home in order to also do my quads and hips.|
More foam rolling and ART stuff, which I plan to do every day for the next little while, since it seems beneficial. Plue we have Netflix now and I can watch old episodes of Futurama while I roll things out. Good news, everybody!
Tuesday: Back to school for the kids, back to work for me. Senior kindergarten and grade 3 for the girls, sniff. *obligatory where does the time go why are they so big waaaaaaaaah*
|I was only off a week! How did all this work pile up?|
Wednesday: Up early after a lousy night's sleep (cold symptoms, bleeeeergh) to get in an easy run. But the temperature had dropped, it felt like fall, and as soon as I started running I felt amazing (honestly running is just the best treatment for cold symptoms - I feel great while I run and for a few hours afterwards). So I did a little bit of tempo just to see how things would feel. Hip felt normal, and running fast felt fantastic. YAY. 2k warmup, 3k tempo (5:24, 5:27, 5:16), 1k recovery, 2k tempo (5:40, 5:19), 2k cooldown. I was making it up as I went along, clearly. WTF with that 5:40?
|Finally cool enough to try out my new pink compression socks, too. What, you've never had a visit from the Running Fairy?|
Thursday: Lunch run, since my husband was out of town. Easy 9k on one of my favourite routes, on the Hamilton-Brantford rail trail. I wanted 10k but had a meeting and needed to leave a few minutes to shower, lest my stinky self cause the meeting to end prematurely. Wait, maybe I'm going about this all wrong...
|Trail surface picture is for barefoot Alan, in case he wants to try running this trail.|
|Suddenly things look less Summer Green and and a little more fall.|
Saturday: Rest day because my husband and I had to catch a flight to Chicago! A mini-vacation without the kids, score! And, cheap, because the real reason I had to go to Chicago was for a conference, so most of my expenses were covered by work, and my husband used points for his flights.
Sunday: First day of the conference, but I was not going to miss the chance to run on the Chicago waterfront, so I headed out early to get in a short easy run. Amazing. I'm in love with this city! Ran past the aquarium, Soldier field, etc, and enjoyed the hell out of every step. It was windy but I didn't care because I was having such a good time drinking in the sights. Ended up doing 8.5 (or possibly 9, my watch was having a lot of trouble during the first ten minutes and I think dropped some distance). Now I'm eagerly anticipating 2 more runs before I have to leave. Only problem being I shorted myself one pair of running socks when I packed - might have to slip back out to the Magnificent Mile to correct that oversight before dinner Monday.
Weekly summary: 58k run in 5:41:23. And a trip to Chicago! No TRX or weights, oops. I will have to do better at that this week.
The week ahead: another 60k week ahead with two more Chicago runs (hopefully a tempo for one), track work Thursday, and another longer than half distance LSD.
Song of the week: only one choice, Berzerk by Eminem. I knew within 10 seconds this song would be a fixture on my running playlists.