Happy Monday and Happy May! The temperatures are creeping up in Charleston, and it feels like Monday and May.
I had some stress and setbacks this week. First, my right glute was acting up after Saturday’s tempo run, so I took it easier on Monday and Tuesday (and last Sunday’s long run). I also paid more attention to recovery and pre-hab, with lots of foam rolling, some PT exercises, and stretching. With the Race the Landing series coming up, I didn’t want to take any chances. It was a good reminder to be diligent in my pre-hab.
More importantly, my mom got admitted to the hospital with some heart issues late last week. She’s doing better, but still in the hospital being monitored due to some medication changes (so she’s mostly stir-crazy and bored!). I’m glad it wasn’t any worse, as my mom is pretty healthy. She walks a 5K distance almost every day, and I know that’s one reason why she’s doing so well at 69, when so many her age are not.
Health emergencies and accidents are a good reminder of why we run. In the end, I don’t run for awards or times, but one day, I will have some sort of health issue and will hopefully recover quicker (or recover in general) because of training, being active, eating right, and taking care of myself.
|Monday||60 minutes BodyPump + 6.3 miles easy|
|Tuesday||30 minutes ArcTrainer + 4.2 miles easy|
|Wednesday||6 miles (track)|
|Thursday||7.1 miles easy (rainy run)|
|Saturday||No workout (visited Mommy in hospital)|
|Total||40.3 miles + BodyPump + 30 minutes Arc Trainer|
Monday’s BodyPump class was a bit sad, as the instructor, Belinda, told us she wouldn’t be teaching that class anymore. The gym can’t “replace” Belinda. She’s a great motivator and learns people’s names, which is huge when it comes to fitness instructors. She teaches other classes, but they don’t work into my schedule.
My runs on Monday and Tuesday were both easy, and easy days were exactly what I needed. I felt much better for my track workout on Wednesday, which was a ladder workout. It was 1200/1000/800/600/400/200 with 200m jog recoveries between each. I logged 6 miles total. It was a bit warm (81) and our first warm day, but I was happy with my paces and thought the workout went well.
After our workout, some of us headed out to Kendall’s house for beer and burgers on the Big Green Egg. The cookout was a nice chance to relax and de-stress after a difficult day with my mom being in the hospital. Now that the weather’s warmer, I think we’ll start hanging out after track more often, too.
Thursday’s run was crazy. We had some pop-up thunderstorms, so I ran after work and a little later than usual. I thought the storms were over, but I put my ipod in a little baggy and I’m so thankful I did- it started pouring 1.5 miles into my run! It stopped a few miles later and it wasn’t a bad run- I was just drenched!
I normally take Fridays off, but I was pretty upset about my mom being in the hospital and just *needed* a run, so I ended up running 6.2 miles on a slightly different route before heading to Home Team BBQ for a get together celebrating Melissa and Jeff’s last night in Charleston. They were in for a wedding and visiting family on a break from medical school in St. Maarten. Kinda jealous they get to go to medical school on an island where most people vacation! Being around so many friends definitely cheered me up.
Earlier in the week, I debated jumping into a Saturday morning 5K a friend was race-directing, but I was really thankful I didn’t. I spent Saturday in Florence at the hospital with my mom. I took her a ton of magazines to read and other stuff to keep her occupied while she’s there- which hopefully won’t be much longer.
I finished up the week with a long run of 10.5 miles. It’s gotten warmer, but my body seems to be responding okay- and my runs haven’t slowed down much yet. It will only get hotter, and I’ve accepted that PR season for me is done until at least September. I still plan to grind away on the track, keep my long runs consistent, easy days easy, and run every race with whatever my body, the conditions, and course have that day.
I hope everyone has a great week!