Did you hear? This past week was my first official week back on the road in my running shoes. I didn't run far, I certainly didn't run fast, and I did not run every day. But, officially, I'm no longer claiming "runner sidelined" as my status.
|Back on the road...
Anyways, here's what went down this past week...
I woke up on Monday with my first case of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) in quite awhile. I was quickly reminded what they feel like, and realized (again) how different walking is from running. Let's suffice it to say there were a few aching muscles that had not been used since before my surgery. Fortunately, all I really wanted was a #nevermissaMonday outing, and Max was only too eager to to go along with me...we did a mere 1.5-mile early morning walk, and I was good with that.
|Mommy and Max time
|Back on the stairs! Voldemort (the scar) and Mavis got acquainted...
*10 flights of single-steps
**5 flights of doubles
*10 more flights of singles
**5 more flights of doubles
*20 flights of singles (descending on the grassy hill instead of the steps)
These steps are more "elongated" than a typical indoor stairwell...they are longer and wider but have a pretty forgiving incline (in other words, they're not as steep). That said, they are a challenge to climb because each step requires a longer stride...a single step is equivalent to a "double step" on a regular stairway, and a double step feels like a "triple step." I could really feel my calves getting stretched and worked on the descents, so for the final 20 flights, I "ran" down the grassy hill...and that really worked my quads! All in all, those 50 flights (up & down) took me about 25 minutes.
After Wednesday's stair workout, I was anxious to get a run done early Thursday morning before the DOMS showed up (because, after a 5-month sabbatical from stair climbing, it would be a major surprise to the universe if there were no lingering effects). My friend, Barb, and I were hoping to get in about 3 miles. There was ample lightning across the sky (but no blatant bolts), so we decided to stay close to home and ran/walked the 2-mile Quick & Easy Hilly Route (details HERE) in my neighborhood. AND, since we both were feeling so good, we did a bonus 1-mile run at the end AND an extra 1/2 mile walk. Not any rain showed up, we were a very sweaty mess (from the heavy humidity), and both of us were ecstatic to have "weathered" the route. It's been a long time since we've had a major sweat session in the early hours, so this was a monumental adventure.
|It felt like a return to summer with the upper 60-degree temps and humidity!
|There comes the sunrise....
|Yes! A small taste of the "summer" that I missed this year
|Aren't filters fun?
In case you missed them, here's my other posts from this past week:
Emotions Were RUNNING High!
What's on Tap:Fall 2017
Gettin' My Giddy On...
In other news:
***Remember me talking about a dreadful fall I took last weekend? It happened Saturday evening as I was getting out of the car and lost my footing. Well, I not only went down, I went down HARD. Fortunately, the recovering knee was spared...but my outer/upper thigh? Not so much. The beautiful bruise coloring started filling in on Tuesday night, and it continued to get more colorful as the week wore on...
|Isn't this just lovely? (L-R): Tuesday's, Thursday's, and Saturday's progression of color
|and don't forget the lipstick!
***On Saturday, I didn't just get my sweat on with that 5-miler. I also spent almost two hours doing numerous "garden squats" in the hot sun. Ugh. Gardening is fitness-related, right?
|Look at all that discarded "vegetation"
***And, last of all, it's officially fall. Fortunately (for me, at least), even though it says "fall" on the calendar, it has felt like summer recently. No complaints. My summer was kind of a bust...and I am in no hurry for what happens following the fall season...
I'm linking up with Holly and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap. This weekly check-in is such a great place to connect with fellow fitness-minded peeps. Please join us!