This was the plan for the week :
(purple is yoga minutes, blue is running miles)
Here's what I actually did :
Monday : yoga : 25
Tuesday : yoga : 20
TRX : 34
run : 5.5 / 7:50 / 400 ft
Wednesday : yoga : 40
hike : 5 miles
swim : 26 / 1100yds (rest every 50)
bike (group) : 18.4 / 14.7 mph / 1050 ft
Thursday : yoga : 20
run : 9.6 / 8:46 / 420 ft
(4.5 solo, then with group)
Friday : yoga : 25
Saturday : yoga : 20
horseback ride on and off for 7 hours
Sunday : yoga : 15
run 10.8 / 7:53 / 587 ft
total bike miles : 18.4
total run miles : 25.9
total swim : 1100 yds
I was super proud of myself for doing yoga first thing in the morning EVERY SINGLE DAY this week. I found a different "morning yoga" video on YouTube each day. I tried to pick the gentler ones so I wouldn't feel too horribly in need of a shower afterwards. I meant to also do a more strenuous video at least once this week, later in the day, but that hasn't happened yet, so it probably won't happen. I'm sure I'm benefiting just from the gentle stretching each morning though! The trick will be trying to keep that routine once school starts and I have to be out of the house by 7:20 every day. I did start work on Thursday this week, but I didn't have to be in til 9 on Thursday or Friday.
I don't remember why I didn't bike on Monday. I think I just decided that my legs needed rest and that they didn't need to deal with hills on a bike. If I could have ridden without coming across a single hill I probably would have. Oh yeah, I remember what else happened. I decided to dust my bedroom, and do a little vacuuming, and somehow that turned into cleaning and re-organizing my entire kitchen. That took several hours. It definitely needed to be done, but it also definitely threw a wrench in my day. I had intended to go into work in the morning. I ended up going in the afternoon instead, once I had finally finished the kitchen.
Tuesday's run was a "shakeout" right after I did TRX. I didn't let myself check my pace at any point during the run. I just did whatever felt good. I did try to throw in a good mix of hills so my legs wouldn't get too "bored."
On Wednesday I had every intention of running and biking, but then I decided that since it was my last day of vacation, I also needed to go on an adventure. Blog post here. My adventure ended up being a 5 mile hike. I made the mistake of telling someone I would be back in time for lunch, which meant that I got really rushed towards the end of the hike. Like, I realized I wouldn't be back til 2 if I didn't really hurry, and that my friend might start to freak out that something had happened to me. So I ended up walk/jogging the 2.5 miles back to the car. In my chacos. Which were wet from the creek crossings. So now I have a bunch of rubs on my feet, and my calves have now almost stopped screaming at me. But hey, my calves probably needed the workout. Anyway, I made it back to cell service by 12:40 so all was well. After lunch, Gail somehow convinced me to go to the pool with her to swim laps. I've been avoiding this for ages. I want to be able to swim...but I just can't get the breathing thing down. I've inhaled so much water in my life it freaks me out to even think about trying that sideways turning breathing thing. But, I went to the pool with Gail. As I got in the pool, I realized I had forgotten my inhaler. Because why not make this breathing thing even harder on myself? After inhaling a tiny bit of water, I decided I was definitely going to use a nose clip. That thing is a life saver. I did about 20ish laps with a kickboard, just kicking myself back and forth across the pool as fast as I could with my arms straight out in front of me, and trying to practice turning my head to breathe. I had to rest for several minutes between each lap to catch my breath. Then I did a few laps trying to do some approximation of a breast stroke, which I decided would be easier to master the breathing for. Turns out I can only think about 2 things at once. So I can get the arms and the legs right, or I can get the arms and the breathing right. But at least I was making it back and forth across the pool without a kickboard. I did flip to my back a couple times to just kick and catch my breath though. In the end, I survived my first ever experience "swimming" laps. And then I decided I couldn't ditch my bike ride like I had clearly ditched my run, so I went to the group bike ride. To which no one else showed up. But there were a couple people who had randomly shown up to ride together at that time, and they let me join them. So that was nice.
On Thursday I was not feeling so great, and it was 80+ degrees out, but I was already way behind on my mileage for the week so I had to go for a run. I decided to time my run so that I would get 4-5 alone and then be able to jump in with a group starting at 5:00 to get some more miles with them. I ended up getting 4.5 alone and then dragging myself behind the group for the rest of the run. I felt awful, but I made it through the whole run so, yay miles!
I accepted that Friday would have to be a rest day and that I would get the remaining miles I needed on Saturday and Sunday.
Sue had texted me earlier in the week to say she would be at a horse show near me and would bring Pony if I wanted to ride. Of course I said yes. How could I say no to Pony visiting me instead of me having to go visit her?! The show was only about 15 minutes away from me! I got there around 11, and ended up spending the next 9 hours on and off my horse, riding back and forth between the trailer and the arena where they were having a cattle sorting show. I spent lots of time just sitting on Pony watching the show. It was a fun time, and it was great to spend some time with Pony! But it meant that I did not run. So...another rest day, more or less.
I accepted that I was not getting 30 miles this week. I briefly toyed with the idea of trying to get 15 today, but then I saw that it was going to be over 80 by noon, and closer to 90 by 5, so I scrapped that idea. I realized if I wanted anything close to a long run I would have to get up early and run before church. I got up at 5:15. I hit snooze til 5:30 because I could not get myself up. I did yoga til 5:45. I had breakfast. I finally got out the door at 6:45. If I wanted to go to church in Abingdon, I had to be home by 8:15 for the 9:00 Mass. There was a 10:30 option in Bristol, but I didn't want to drive that far if I didn't really have to. So I got as many miles as I could by 8:15 and called it good. I think it helped me run a bit faster than I might have otherwise though. It actually ended up being the best I've felt on a run in awhile, and I was pleased that I averaged under 8:00 pace. And since it wasn't super long, I shouldn't need too much recovery. I hope to be back over 30 miles next week!
So awesome that Pony got to come visit me!
Sue offered to take photos of us.
Pony was much more interested in eating grass than in posing.
In other news, I found out that the gym near me (with the pool) is only $140/year for teachers. And they have TRX hooks on the wall, in addition to a pool, so I think I will actually get a gym membership! Then I'll have to learn how to swim efficiently and use it for cross training, AND I will be able to do so much more with TRX because I won't be confined in my hallway anymore!