Another crazy week is in the books (with some Aha Moments ). Whew! Stick a fork in me, because my rest/recovery days were greeted with open arms! This week's theme? I can do hard things.
My first outing in the running shoes, on Monday, was greeted with nice, crisp temps and and clear skies. I hammered out four easy miles and was back home before the sunrise. As I have said before, I welcome the cooler temps, but it's with a sad heart that I bid farewell to summer.
|Yikes...we're in capri's and arm warmers....|
All worked out well, and I was able to get my run done in the mid-afternoon hours. I was supposed to do a negative-split run...but my mojo kicked in, and the run turned into more of a progression run instead (which still netted me some awesome negative splits). My splits (after the 1-mile warm up) were 10:29, 10:11, 10:06, 9:48, and 9:33), and that's just what my shattered ego needed as a comeback performance following my frustrating half marathon (recap HERE ) three days prior.
|Yes, I like running (again)|
|Late night, get it done....|
|A morning plank...still in last night's workout clothes...|
This pattern continued for four more sets. Although I was tempted to call it quits after four, I persisted and finished all six. My legs felt like over-cooked spaghetti, and there were drops of "water" everywhere on the control panel (remember, this had not been in use for several months, so it was pretty dusty when I started). My braids were dripping and my clothes were totally saturated...but I had (somewhat) conquered the beast. Even though I eventually lowered the incline to 3 and reduced the "fast" speed with each set, I felt like a war hero returning from combat when I climbed (carefully) off the 'mill and headed to the shower. Wow, that workout was hard.
|Too bad none of the sweat is really showing....except on the control panel|
With a busy morning on the agenda (volunteering for a local race), I headed out early to get my 10 miles done. I left the house around 5:20AM and got almost three miles done (under the beautiful full moon) before meeting up with my friend, Barb. The two of us ran almost six miles together. We parted ways (she also was helping with the race and needed to report for duty earlier than me), and I finished up the final miles on my own.
|Moonlight at the start and sunshine at the finish|
Sunday was another low-key, active rest/recovery day. There was some planking, biking, and LOTS of stretching and foam-rolling.
|more planking in the sun|
|Chataranga plank...that's hard to do...|
...and if you all can bear one more (filtered) pic of Max.....
|Max...he loves his car rides...|
As usual, I'm linking up with the lovely Holly and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap. Do headover and see what's been happening!