Monday: Super easy 4 mile recovery run followed by lifting arms, shoulders & core. The gym was irritating this morning... I can't seem to put it into words without sounding very mean spirited/rude (this is at least the third time I've tried), so let's just leave it at there are a few people with very particular "gym stereotypes" that are grating on my nerves currently. I obviously have watched too many BroScience videos on YouTube.
Tuesday: Tempo run - 2 mile warmup, 1.5 miles at tempo, cooldown. A little over 5 miles total. This was a great run and again I surprised myself with how darn easy it was. Winning!
Wednesday: Heavy legs & back lift. I think I finally have this workout solid. I felt like I did enough and didn't too too much that it affected my running the next day. Woohoo!
Wednesday morning we got Vincent back from camp! I was glad to see him - even his mountain of dirty laundry and camp gear. He wanted to do something fun together, so he conned us into going to Olive Garden for lunch followed by Minions (since Tori and Garrett blabbed that we took them to see it last week). Minions is such a cute movie. I will be owning it once it comes out.
Thursday: 800s. Same deal as last week - 2 mile warmup, 2x800m with equal recoveries for time, then cooldown. I feel more successful with this run this week than last. Last week I "did it", but in reality, my pace was too fast at first, then slower to bring my average to where it was supposed to be on both intervals to compensate. This week I was able to catch myself in the act quicker and hold a steady pace during the intervals. This is what training is for! Love it! Of course the fact that it was really cool outside (mid 50s) was great too.
Friday: Since last week's little warmup run test at the gym went well, I added 5 minutes onto it this week. I ran a little over a mile in 10 minutes before lifting chest, shoulders, and core. My lift rocked too - I'm finally hitting a stride with heavier front raises. Rawr! And does anyone else think hanging leg raises are ridiculously fun? I love them! They make me feel like a kid! After my lift, I did 20 minutes on the bike. Since I'm adding to the run, I'm taking away from the ride so I'm not doing too much. It works out.
Friday evening we headed down to Picklesburgh. Vincent was especially excited for this because he LOVES pickles. And that's an understatement. He eats more pickles than any person I've ever known (like bowls full of them), and even chugs the juice out of the jar. We read online about all the cool things to see and do and EAT there and planned to have a great time. Unfortunately it ended up being pretty disappointing. The event was too crowded for the bridge. You could hardly move a few inches without being pushed or knocked into. Definitely a challenge with little kids. Also - when we got there they were sold out of most of the pickle items! WTF?? Pickle ice cream: Sold out. Pickle dogs: Sold out. Kid crafts: all out of those too. Lots of non-pickle related stuff. Poor planning, much?? The lines for the things that had yet to sell out spanned the entire way across and down the bridge. Ugh. We had pickle funnel cake that was tasty, but nothing special. We also had some pickle Italian ice that was probably my favorite part. There was a guy dressed as a pickle wandering around and some people were handing out the pickle pins that you could have gotten by going to the History Center. But really, it wasn't worth the drive in, dealing with the crowd, paying for parking, etc. Vincent left saying "I thought I was going to eat more pickle things". :(
This week I ran 25.3 miles, rode the bike, and lifted like a boss. I think next week is the last week I will use run/walk for my long run, but we will see. If it stays hot like this, I may just leave them in for the relief (and the fact it is easier to chug fluids while walking)....lol.