Skip to main content

My Own Half Marathon

Saturday morning I got up and headed out for a 12-mile run. My plan was to do about 3-4 miles in my Newton's, lap back by the house and change into my Mizuno's then grab my water. I am so tired of lugging around my water for runs of any length.

It was already crazy humid and about 75 degrees when I set out on the run. I knew I was pushing my luck not carrying the water, but I was being stubborn about it. I fell into a great pace and rhythm and ended up doing just over 6 miles before getting to my house to change shoes.

Oddly, I wasn't as thirsty as I thought I was going to be. I figured I'd made it 6 miles without it, I could drink up then go another 6. Switching into totally different shoes makes you feel really wonky at first I must say. I kept reminding myself to "pick 'em up and put 'em down."

Finally, I hit my rhythm again and my speed was increasing. Part of me had that inner struggle of slow down, no don't, just go with it. I chose to go with it. When I hit mile 12, I realized I was running at my last half marathon race pace, a PR race for me. So the inner competitive side reared her head and I decided to finish what I had started - 13.1 miles at just 2 seconds slower than my last race. Talk about giving yourself some invisible high 5's!

The best part was that I felt great. I definitely re-hydrated like it was my job. I donned my compression socks the rest of the day as well. 


The day was mostly lazy after the run. It ended up finally raining so it was a good day to be a little lazy. I did make some bread and changed over laundry at least.

Jason had a long run planned as well. He ran part of that with a friend. We were both famished so we stuffed our faces for a late lunch. Then he ended up going to watch the football game with a friend.

Maddie kept me company as I held down the couch.

Sunday we woke up to totally different weather. It was only 50 degrees, low humidity. Simply gorgeous. We decided to go for a bike ride. Riding the day after a long run can be a good thing. It helps loosen up your muscles and is low impact.

However, Sunday's new front also brought along some insane winds. You know you're riding into serious headwinds when you have to actually pedal to go DOWN hill.


Let's just say my quads were totally fried by the end of the ride. But, it was still worth it. It was a great day, and nice spending time with Jason like that. After another way-too-late lunch, we took the dogs to the dog park to run around. I brought my good camera along but then the battery died so no pictures unfortunately.

This morning I kicked off the week with a good 7 mile run. It was very refreshing to step outside to 50 degrees I must say. And of course I over-dressed as I always do on the first few colder runs of the year.

How was your weekend? Do you ever get weirdly competitive with yourself? 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Plantar Fasciitis Woes & Way to Go Wednesday Shout Outs

I wanted to thank everyone again for your many congratulations on completing and getting a PR at my recent half marathon. The support and words mean so much to me.

My legs feel absolutely fine after the race. I could have run yesterday if it weren't for my left foot. So right now I'm trying to heal my left foot. I mentioned that I've been having problems with plantar fasciitis in that foot and that it was the cause of much pain during the race. Since the race, I've been unable to walk on it very well. Lots of hobbling going on.

I've been icing it and trying to keep it elevated. But, I noticed that it's started to get some bruising, not horrible, but worrisome. Not sure if it's better or worse for it to be discolored vs red and swollen. However, this could be indicitive of a tear.
But, my bigger concern with the bruising is that indication that there's been bleeding. Being on Xarelto for the blood clot means my blood doesn't clot very well these days…

My Home "Gym", Super Saturday With Quinoa Granola Bars

My Home "Gym"
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I had a request to do a post about my home gym. After mulling it over, I thought it was a really great idea. I can show everyone that you can indeed get really great results without having to spend a fortune on a home gym. Don't get me wrong of course, I would LOVE to have the money and room to have a treadmill, a nice weight machine set up, squat rack, even a barbell. Yes, you read that, no barbell (for now). I don't' even have a bar to do chin-ups or pull-ups. The ones that are supposed to fit every doorway do not in fact fit doorways built in 1890 apparently.

I must also say that I do have a gym membership that I almost only use for the cardio equipment. It was not until this January that I actually did weights at the gym. So, while I do have gym access, I still choose my home "gym" mostly out of convenience. 

Back to my gym: I also wish I had a much larger room. The room used for weights is rat…

Tex-Mex Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Pumped Up Workout
I'll readily admit that I did not want to go to the gym today. I had no real excuses to not go though. I was just feeling lazy to be honest. But, I did myself a favor and made myself go. I knew I'd regret it if I didn't go.

I think part of my reluctance stems from a bit of boredom. I've gotten into a rut again with workouts. That and sometimes I just am flat out tired of seeing the inside of that place. But, that part aside, boredom all the way. So, I decided to try to do something a little different for my biceps/triceps workout. It's nothing earth-shattering. But it's a switch up from my typical 3 different supersets done as 3 sets of 8 reps....yawn.

So, today I did 4 sets of 8 reps for two supersets then I did dropsets at the end starting with heaviest weight for 6 reps, then increasing the number of reps by 2 as I decreased the weights. I did this 4 times (6, 8, 10, 12).

SS#1
Alternating bicep curls
Double-arm overhead triceps extensions