Another rundown of my week in workouts is on tap! It was a good week in workouts but it started off blah. I finally found out that the Mount Washington Road Race is completely cancelled for 2020. They had a back up date in August if they cancelled the June 20th date but the race organizers realized that the odds of a race of that size happening in August is still a big question mark. I’m sad not to be running up the Rock Pile this year but the good news is that I was able to defer to 2021. That means no lottery stress and a guaranteed spot. I’m happy with that at least!
I got the email that MWRR was cancelled while I was on lunch at work. My plan was to get a treadmill hill hike after work but scrapped that with the news. Instead, I hit the basement for a quick full body strength training session. I just didn’t have it in me to climb. I needed a day to mourn.
7.2 mile trail run, 10:38 avg/pace, 543 ft elev gain
It was a gorgeous morning out on the trails. Everything is getting so green! Max and I had the place to ourselves except for an older man and his dog that we saw for a brief second. It just so happens that it was at the top of the only big hill on our route. I always like to push it a bit on that hill (because it’s a Strava segment ;)) which means I was practically frothing at the mouth with snot dripping out of my nostrils. Needless to say, he backed WAY off the trail when he saw me coming. Thanks, dude!
10 mile road run, 8:57 avg/pace, 540 ft elev gain
80’s pop yoga via Peleton
It was another gorgeous day even with the crazy wind. Everything was going along swimmingly until Max decided he wanted to go straight when I was going left as we ran across a street. I almost caught myself but ended up kind of sliding across the pavement on my right knee and shin. If you remember, this is the same shin that got banged up when I landed on a jagged rock a few weeks ago. After it happened, I thought I was going to have to call Ron to come get us (we were about 4 miles from home). It hurt A LOT. But I was able to walk it off and eventually was able to run with no pain.
And yes, those are goosebumps. I got cold as soon as I stopped running. Ugh…lately I feel like Max has been out to get me on our runs. Doesn’t he know if he takes me out, no one else is going to run with him? 😉
In other news, the 80’s Pop Yoga class from the Peleton App is lovely. I mean, if the playlist has INXS and Peter Gabriel on it, you know it’s going to be good.
6 mile run, 9:02 avg/pace, 362 ft elev gain
Backyard strength training
I was a little sore and tired after Thursday’s run so I started off nice and easy and let my body do what it wanted. I love a run where things start off creaky and then progressively get easier as things warm up. That’s exactly what happened today.
I opted to leave my strength training session for after work. It was another gorgeous day so rather than hitting the basement, I took my weights and med balls outside. I even had company! I set up a circuit for the kids that involved lots of ball slams and tossing. Everyone loves throwing things! Coach Max made sure everyone stayed on task.
7 mile run, 9:36 avg pace, 947 ft elev gain
I really didn’t expect much from this run. I had been up since 4 a.m. for work, I wasn’t properly hydrated or fueled and it was a warm, sunny day. As I was walking out the door for the run, I grabbed a handful of Salt and Vinegar chips and a few gulps of ice coffee. Great fuel, right? Low and behold, I actually felt really good on the run. It was hill repeat day on the mega hill in town (it’s only 0.20 miles long but is 14%), the hill that has not been nice to me over the past 2 months. But today, I got a PR on the hill and the trail that goes up the side. Woohoo! Maybe caffeine and salt and vinegar should be my pre-run go to from now on? 😉
6 mile trail run, 10:46 avg/pace, 365 ft elev gain
I kept the pace relaxed with Max today with no plan other than to enjoy. The biggest highlight was seeing 3 men on their mountain bikes. I know what you’re thinking…how is that a highlight? These men were at least 70 (probably older?) and cruising along like it was no big deal. It was awesome to see! It made me hope that I’m still out adventuring with my friends when I’m in my 70s. It also made me miss my running buddies. Hopefully, we’ll be running together soon!
How was your week in workouts?
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