week(s) in review: Veteran's Day 5k weeks 4 & 5

I missed getting last week’s review out, so today is a two for one kind of deal.  The week before last was a rough one for me.  Sometimes it seems like at the very time I want to feel strongest is when I feel most vulnerable.  Originally I wasn’t going to record my workouts here, because I’m embarrassed that I wasn’t strong enough to get it done.  Now I realize how silly that is.  So here we go!

My totals for Week 4:

Swim - zero

Bike - nothing

Run - 1:30:30, 7.12 miles

Monday

  • Run - 15:01, 1.2 miles

Yet another gorgeous day. It was kind of amazing to be outside and run, but not be drenched in sweat. Z1/Z2 and the breathing felt easy, but my lower legs felt sore.

  • Functional Strength - 5 minutes
    • Lunge matrix warm-up

Tuesday

  • Functional Strength - 5 minutes
    • Pedestal 2

I snacked on too much junk food at work, and my stomach rebelled pretty strongly.  I wasn’t able to get my run in after work.

Wednesday

  • Run - 30.19, 2.31 miles

Long sleeves and capris were actually warranted this morning! I also got to try out my RunLites gloves, which were great.  Going uphill I felt some stiffness in the achilles, but no other calf pain or anything!

  • Functional Strength - 5 minutes
    • Lunge matrix warm-up

Thursday

  • Run - 30:05, 2.42 miles

This was a nice and sunny one. Warm, but not hot.  I felt like I was running a bit faster today (and I was) but, I mean I actually FELT it. Maybe I should have eased back a bit, but it was nice to try to run a bad day at work into the ground.

  • Functional Strength - 4 minutes
    • Lunge matrix warm-up
    • Plus a quick plank during the day

Friday

  • Run - 15:05, 1.19 miles

After a rough day, I needed some outside time to try to brush everything off so I could enjoy the weekend.

Saturday

  • Unscheduled Rest Day

This day featured something of a meltdown, including some super ugly crying.  It also prompted to me to come to terms with the fact that I need to head back to the doctor and wade into the scary pool that is depression meds.

Sunday

  • Unscheduled Rest Day

Spent the afternoon with my dad, brother, and J at the last home game of the regular season for DC United.  I’d never been to a pro soccer game before, and it was such fun!

Highlight of the week, right here

Highlight of the week, right here

 

My totals for Week 5:

Swim - zip

Bike - 24:03, 3.18 miles

Run - 2:50:46, 13.58 miles

Monday

  • Run - 17:04, 1.34 miles

Lots of time in Z1, which, I suppose, is how an easy recovery run should go. Since I missed both my runs over the weekend, it felt like forever out there! It was quite warm....maybe 80? In October?! Ah well, at the leaves and acorns made it feel like fall, even if the temperature didn’t.

  • Functional Strength - 5 minutes
    • Lunge matrix warm-up

Tuesday

  • Run - 34:02, 2.44 miles

Drove to Riverbend and ran the Heritage trail, which I wrote a separate post about.

Views of the potomac

Views of the potomac

  • Functional Strength - 5 minutes
    • Lunge Matrix Warm-up

Wednesday

  • Run - 17:02, 1.39 miles

Just some quick loops around the apt complex after work, but I was full on sweating in that time. 85 degrees?! In late October?!  When I finished this up, my lower legs felt heavy, and a bit sore. Likely from my little trail adventure. I decided to put my feet up for the rest of the night!

  • Functional Strength - 5 minutes
    • Lunge matrix warm-up

Thursday

  • Run - 34:02, 2.81 miles

I drove over to the W&OD after work, and wow, this run felt tough. Maybe it was the warmer weather, but I just had to fight with myself every step of the way to actually keep running and not walk. My HR was high, I was electric pink when I got back to the car, and I just wasn't feeling it.

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

Friday

  • Rest Day

Saturday

  • Bike - 24:03, 3.18 miles

Bike ride with Dad!  Dad borrowed  a hybrid from some friends, and I drove over for the first time on my road bike since the Reston Tri.  We stuck close to the house, doing a quick loop and exploring a few cul de sacs.  It was so much fun to go out and ride with Dad, and I hope he wants to do a bit more of this while the fall weather is still nice.

A year ago I never would have guessed that I would spend a Saturday afternoon on bikes with Dad

A year ago I never would have guessed that I would spend a Saturday afternoon on bikes with Dad

  • Run - 18:34, 1.42 miles

Took it to the paved paths around my parents’ house after my ride with Dad.  The leaves and pine needles made it a little slippery on the wooden bridges, but it wasn’t too bad.  I love getting the opportunity to run on different surfaces like this!

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

Sunday

  • Run - 50:02, 4.18 miles

Drove out to the W&OD, only had to wait a little bit for parking, and then headed west from Sandburg St. Mostly false flat downhill on the way out, so obviously it was a false flat climb on the way back. It was nice and cool, but sunny, and aside from a few little tip of toe blisters and a bit of the start of a stitch on the way back, everything felt great. Around the 40 minute mark I actually felt great, which was quite cool.

All in Z1/Z2. I had a pack of Honey Stinger chews about half an hour before I started. I do kind of wonder if the stitch could have been from the chews? Probably not after that much time.

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

 

Two weeks ago when I did my week in review, I had some goals.  I wanted to make sure I did my core exercises, and wanted to add in swimming and such.  Clearly, none of that happened.  For the upcoming week, I’m not going to make any special goals.  Instead, I just want to carry on, and take each day as it comes.