week in review: Veteran's Day 5k Week 2

This week it felt like fall really arrived, with a few mornings where I actually felt some chill in the air as I walked to the car.  There was also a huge amount of rain this week.  Usually I like running in the rain, but I’m ready for a bit of sunshine now.  Here’s a look at this week’s workouts.

My totals:

Swim - 46:43, 2000 yards

Bike - zip

Run - 2:11:15, 10.01 miles

 

Highlight of the week was getting back into the pool.  This mural runs across the whole side wall and the picture does not do it justice.

Highlight of the week was getting back into the pool.  This mural runs across the whole side wall and the picture does not do it justice.

Monday

  • Run - 13:02, 1.05 miles

This was an afternoon run, and it felt so much cooler.  Fall!  My heart rate felt it, too, with me having to push harder to get my HR up.

  • Functional Strength - 10 minutes
    • Lunge matrix warm-up
    • Myrtle cool-down

There was also supposed to be a swim this morning.  I got up, drove out to the REC, all ready for the grand reopening of the pool after a month of construction.  Turned out it wasn’t opening until 1pm, and even the locker rooms were still closed.  I drove back home so I could get a shower in before heading to work.

Tuesday

  • Run - 26:02, 1.92 miles

Oof. My lower legs did want want to play. It rained pretty heavily Monday night, but there weren't any super slick spots since there still aren't many leaves on the ground. Still, it was shorts and t-shirt weather, but not hot = my favorite!

  • Functional Strength - 23 minutes
    • Lunge matrix warm-up
    • Core (Pedestal 1 x2)
    • Myrtle cool-down

Wednesday

  • Run - 13:01, 1.00 miles

Not quite 70 degrees and the teensiest whisper of drizzle.  Why can’t it be like this all the time?  This was an afternoon run.  It was short enough that it was all still in daylight, too.  I can tell the days are getting shorter, though.

  • Functional Strength - 10 minutes
    • Lunge matrix warm-up
    • Myrtle cool-down

Thursday

  • Run - 26:05, 1.94 miles

Drenching rain. It was dark and there was a bit of thunder and lightning happening, so I kept it in the apartment complex just in case it got really bad. I was feeling quite good, except for some fatigue, bordering on pain, in my lower legs. I’m of the mind that the pain is because of all the work meetings I've had this week, which means after months in sneakers I subjected myself to 3+ days in heels. Whoops!

  • Functional Strength - 3 minutes
    • Lunge matrix warm-up

Because I was completely drenched when I got home, I opted to throw my soaking wet clothes in the laundry and jump right into the shower, rather than drip rainwater all over the floor. That means I needed to find another time to do my core/hip routine.

Friday

  • Swim - 46:43, 2000 yards
    • 50 BR/50 back warm up
    • 4x50 :10
    • 3x100 :10
    • 2x150 :10
    • 200 :10
    • 2x150 :10
    • 3x100 :10
    • 4x50 :10
    • 50 BR/50 back cool down

First time back in the pool, and wow, my back and shoulders were feeling it in the second half. It took me until the final set of 100s before I even felt like I was breathing normally. Guess that's what happens when the pool is closed and you take a 5 week break. I can't imagine what it would be like to take an entire winter off of swimming.

  • Run - 13:03, 1.08 miles

Just barely drizzling again; that's the kind of workout I love. It makes it so easy to run a bit faster while keeping the HR low.  Faster being a relative term, of course.  Not to mention this was a great way to start the weekend!

  • Functional Strength - 23 minutes
    • Lunge matrix warm-up
    • Core (Pedestal 1 x2)
    • Myrtle cool-down

Saturday

  • Walk - 48 minutes, 3 miles

I had been thinking I’d do a bike ride, but it was raining when I woke up.  Wet roads?  When there’s no actual scheduled rides?  Yeah, that was not going to happen.  I went for a power walk instead, where I got to wear my Reston Tri race shirt.  Hi-viz yellow, long sleeved, and super comfy!

Sunday

  • Run - 40:02, 3.02 miles

No alarm this morning, and I managed to sleep all the way to 7:30!  I thought it was supposed to be sunnier, but it was another overcast day. I spent maybe a bit too much time in Z3, but the usual hills around my house make it pretty unavoidable for me. I still tried to keep the perceived effort nice and easy.

  • Functional Strength - 10 minutes
    • Lunge matrix warm-up
    • Myrtle cool-down

 

Another good week in the books.  Two weeks in a row of running six days a week, and no pain?  This is so exciting!  Run little and run often.  Run fast to run slow.  I am building a strong foundation that my running can build on for years.  Okay, so maybe the part about running slow isn’t particularly exciting.  But having no pain is something I’ve never experienced before.  I’ve always had little niggles in my feet or pain in my hip.  Now….there’s nothing, and it is awesome.