Well, here we are again...a new month (already?), a new season (Yay! My favorite!), and lots to chat about (I'm game).
I've got my mug in hand. Keeping it real, I have not made much progress on becoming a "real coffee connoisseur." Honestly, I'm not losing any sleep over it (pun intended LOL), but I'm still double-fisting the chai latte's most days. And I'm okay with that.
That said, I'm ready for our monthly gathering (of sorts) over coffee, and I look forward to our usual lively conversation.
Shall I begin?
Remember (or not) my push-up challenge from last Spring (like, 2020 Spring)? Well, the 10 daily push-ups streak is still going strong. If it's a HIIT (or an interval) day, there's usually many more than that 10-count minimum, though. Like many exercises, there are multiple variations, so I have not once been bored. And, plateauing is not really an issue because you can always go lower and/or add more reps. You can even do them outdoors...like on the stairway on the nearby college campus.
My Air Force Marathon catharsis. I was excitedly registered for the 2020 AFM, but Covid-19 had other ideas. Oh, and there also was that stress fracture, so I didn't even have the option of running it virtually. I was able to defer my registration...which means I'll be toeing the start line on September 18th. That said, after taking most of last year "off" from extended-long-distance running, the idea of two solid months of weekly long-long runs isn't that intriguing, especially with all the additional mid-week miles that filter into the training. Also, I have really grown to love long bike rides (especially with our friends), and I'm not wanting to sacrifice those while training for one big event (that may or may not bless me with optimal race day conditions). My gut is telling me to train for the distance (with all the requisite long runs), but not obsess over the finish time. In other words, I'm working on a plan that will allow me the best of both worlds, by keeping my mid-week runs on the conservative side (with occasional speedwork) and not have guilt for my biking miles. Stay tuned...this is gonna get fun!
|Sunday's Bicycle Brew BBQ Ride|
Memorial Day Weekend was action-packed, and my body paid dearly for it.
|Still more wayward grass, in another garden plot, is awaiting its fate|
But I have a new favorite recovery tool in my arsenal. As part of the recent #SeeYouOutThere campaign, with Dick's Sporting Goods, I received the Theragun Mini (not an affiliate link). Oh my! Does this little gadget deliver! It utilizes percussive therapy to massage one's muscles, which aids in increased blood flow and enhances recovery. I've been grabbing it before all of my runs (and other workouts, for that matter), using it immediately afterwards, and doing a quick massage "run down" before bed most evenings.
|muscle recovery never felt so good!|
Finally, Wednesday (June 2nd) was Global Running Day! As runners, we don't need a day dedicated to our sport for motivation...but it is a nice perk! Several runner/blogger pals rallied and we all ran together, virtually, in celebration. Seriously, aren't runner friends the BEST?
Well, there you have it! Another coffee chatting session in the books.
Care to join us for a virtual coffee chat? What would you care to share?