Monday: Last day of the strength plan! This was a full circuit workout - everything from pulldowns to crunches to dips to squats, etc. I hit every body part with something. It was great. After that was done I got on the crossramp for 20 minutes for 2.24 miles to kick off the week. Not bad.
Tuesday: I took the liberty of being a sloth this day. Just kidding, I did show up for real life and I also did some stretching and rolling and all that. Otherwise I enjoyed not being soaked in sweat by 6 am for a day.
Wednesday: My first outdoor run in weeks! I did 3 minutes running and 30 seconds walking for 40 minutes. I didn't have any expectations of pace or distance or anything other than enjoying being outside and giving my heart rate a glance for the first time in a while from a running perspective. I'm honestly happy to see that my cardio fitness hasn't lost very much. Yeah, I have some ground to make up, but not nearly what I feared and not anywhere near having to start over from scratch. I made it 4.05 miles!
Thursday: Another morning of enjoying the outside world.. My goal was 30 minutes. This time I tried another interval ratio - 2 minutes running/20 seconds walking. I laughed at the end of the run when I saw that my average pace was nearly identical to the day before. The difference I noticed while running was that 20 seconds walking didn't get my heart rate quite as low as 30 therefore it jumped back up faster when I started to run again. I had to concentrate today to make sure I didn't get out of range. That's not a bad thing, it's just something to note. This was a really great feeling run and I was able to go 3.05 miles in my 30 minute time.
Friday: So, I debated with myself for a while over to give a third day in a row a go or just go do some cross training or even take another rest day. I was feeling very good, though - no aftershocks or soreness or anything so I figured what the heck. The deal I made with myself (yeah, I'm nuts, ok) was that I would go to the gym and use the treadmill that way if two minutes in it was awful that I could just hop off and get on the bike or something. I also went back to the 3 minute/30 second ratio. Well, I was plenty shocked and happy to have yet another great run! I did keep the pace slower, so I didn't get as far in 30 minutes, but hey, another 2.94 miles is fine for me!
Saturday: Rest day! However I did walk to the library and back, which was a little under 2 miles round trip, but I won't count that. I did get a nice workout carrying a backpack full of stuff, though.
Sunday: The goal: One hour. The ratio: 4 minutes running/1 minute walking. The weather at 6 something AM: 71 degrees and 92% humidity. Lord have mercy! Well, I did it! I felt really good for the most part but after 4 miles I did start to fade and I did have a couple of run intervals that were more work than others. It was just thick air... just thick. I'll get used to it, I just have to give myself some time to catch up. :) But damnit if I didn't run over 6 miles in my hour! Not too shabby for my first "long run" in what seems like forever. 6 miles is actually my first planned long run in my marathon training plan, and that's two weeks from now so I'm feeling pretty confident now that I did it today.
I'll be starting some lifting again at the gym tomorrow and I'm looking forward to it.
In other news I saw the movie Inside Out and it was adorable. I can totally see parts of myself in all those emotion characters.
Victoria left for Girl Scout Camp today. I thought it was kind of weird they left on Father's Day of all things, but at least they didn't go until afternoon. She'll be gone a few days and then Vincent leaves for Sarah Heinz Camp the day after. He'll be gone for..... almost a month (his choice). I am going to miss him like freaking crazy but I won't be that mom that holds their kid back from things they want to do because of being a clinger. They've gotta learn and grow, right? Remind me I'm this positive about it in a couple weeks when I'm going crazy because he hasn't written and I don't know what to do without my gamer buddy or kid that won't let me go to bed for myself unless his room is "just so". :)