This was a beautiful, sunshine-filled week!
A lot of runners dread the summer heat, but I welcome it with open arms. Sure, the sweat equity is increased, but it's all good. I'll take the heat over the cold any day.
Since I was on the road last Sunday morning when last week's post went live, I'll give you a brief summery of why....we were Chicago-bound, to see U2 perform at Soldier Stadium! Is that a legit reason?
We departed at 5:45 a.m. and arrived in the Windy City around 11:00. My friend, Linda, is also a runner, so we brought our running gear along and hit the lakefront upon our arrival. It was hot, but there was a nice breeze (go figure, this is Chicago!). Four miles later, we called it good.
|Four miles along Lakeshore Drive!|
|Gotta love that Chicago skyline in the company of friends|
|The Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Tour|
|How about a Warrior-2 for a cool down?|
Did you know Wednesday was National Running Day (also called Global Running Day)?
|Did you celebrate?|
|Another five miles done!|
Not a lot of action for this gal on Thursday. I knew my body needed some recovery time, and I obliged.
Friday was another day of low-key activity. In case you haven't noticed, I take my recovery time seriously! Let's not forget, I'm also in the midst of tapering for Grandma's Marathon...now is NOT the time to be overly active and risk injury.
My #FridayFashionFlair (check out the new hashtag!) was very well-received. Did you see it? I invite YOU to play along...every Friday, I post a pic of my outfit on Instagram (HERE), and I'd LOVE to see what you're wearing! Post a pic of your outfit and tag me!
|Aztec high-low skirt, favorite pink ruffle top, and funky beaded sandals|
We were due for some warm temps this weekend. On Saturday, Barb and I met up at 5:00 (yes, even on the weekend we rise and shine in the wee hours) for our final long run before the marathon. We did a #10at5 (do you like what I did there?), and it was a bit of a challenge for me. Ten miles usually are not a big deal, but my body is still a bit in recovery mode, and I felt like the final 3-4 miles were tough. The hammies were achy and the hips started to feel strained. The temps were warm (in the 70's), but the humidity wasn't too bad and there was a strong breeze. UGH. Maybe the "taper crazies" are getting to me?
|10 miles! My last long run before the Grandma's Marathon start line!|
With even warmer temps in the forecast for Sunday (and a lot more humidity), I was careful to get out fairly early for my recovery run. Thankfully, all of achy body parts no longer felt achy, and the two miles in the sunshine were a great wrap-up to the week. I probably could have run longer, but knew it was the wise decision to stop. I have six days until the marathon...so this next week will be all about rest, hydration, and carbo-loading.
|Yes, it was a sweat fest!|
So, that's my week! My mileage (Sunday - Sunday) came in at 26 miles in the running shoes. I felt like I spent the entire week playing catch-up with everything (with work and especially with social media) since I was out of commission for most of Sunday and Monday. I have been doing my daily yoga challenge poses (June goals), and foam-rolling before and after my runs. I've also been keeping up with my daily planking (I just don't post much about it because it's part of my usual routine). There's been some strength training in the mix, but I have scaled that back a bit in recent weeks to coincide with my taper.
In other news:
The Dam to Dam pics were released and I was pleasantly surprised with mine! Although it looks like I'm in the middle of a boxing routine with my arms....
|To buy or not to buy? That is the question...|
And, how a bout a recent pic of my little guy, Max? We don't give him bones very often, but when we do...he is in total heaven.
|Doesn't he look like a little puppy?|
In case you missed them, here are the posts from last week:
Dam to Dam & The Big Picture
Have (running) Shoes:Will Travel
How was YOUR week? Training for a summer or fall race? Plenty of sunshine in your location? Ever take a day (or two) off from work (and/or social media) and spent the next several days finding your way back out of the "catch-up" abyss?
I'm linking up with Kimberly (on behalf of Holly and Tricia) for the Weekly Wrap. Please join us!