I’ve gotten a bit behind this week. The last week of April and first week and a half of May are always pretty hectic: little man’s birthday falls right at the end of April, and my birthday and Mother’s Day follow right behind. I’m not complaining – it’s wonderful, and there is so much celebration – but things do get backed up. I didn’t even write a blog post for little man’s big day on Friday, because, quite frankly, we were getting everything ready for his birthday festivities and I just back burnered it.
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Sunday – rest
We had a birthday party in the afternoon for one of little man’s friends, and that was about it. I enjoyed having a big rest day, with nothing on the agenda, and it was a great way to get my head in the right place for the rest of the week.
In fact, Sunday’s highlight was the return of Game of Thrones. I don’t watch tons of TV, but this is my favorite show (favorite book series, as well).
It was worth the wait.
Monday – :45 cycling, :60 minutes body circuit, laps
I had the best bike ride yet. It all just came together for me, and I really enjoyed the 45 minutes.
Rather than taking the beach cruiser to body circuit, I drove. I have gotten this crazy idea about possibly giving a triathlon a shot, so I wanted to try some laps in the pool after I was finished. Class was great, and the pool went well.
It’s hard to time myself without a swim-specific watch, so I will have to see what to do about that.
Tuesday – Couch to 5K, Week 5 Day 1
Time to step things up. This week’s workout included a 5:00 walking warm up, followed by 5:00 running, 3:00 walking recovery, 5:00 running, 3:00 walking, 5:00 running, and 5:00 walking cool down.
The longer intervals were challenging, for sure, but I stuck with it.
I had a full day of work, so I was out of the house until almost 7:30. It made for a long day, but it doesn’t happen often. I zoned out with some TV and hit the sack early.
Wednesday – 1:50 cycling
It was time to get brave. I charted a course that would involve several serious roads: the kind with speed limits of 55mph, packed up some fuel and headed out. The first hour was fabulous. Yes, I was stressed, with the cars sometimes riding uncomfortably close to the bike lane, but I pulled off 15 miles in that first hour, before stopping at a park to have an apple sauce pouch.
I was supposed to complete a full two hours of cycling, but I only made it to an hour and fifty minutes. I felt like I had hit a wall, and on top of that, it felt like I was riding uphill, into the wind, through mud, the whole way home. I know that’s not even possible, but that’s where I was at. As I was getting closer to home, I kept trying to push myself, but finally, I just called it. I didn’t feel safe being out there any longer.
I’m a little disappointed in how it all went down, but I think it was a fueling issue. I didn’t have anything to eat before I went out , and I think that was a mistake. I’ll try to rectify that next time.
A nap would have been ideal, but I had lots of last minute errands to run for little man’s birthday weekend. I slept like a rock that night.
Thursday – Couch t0 5K, Week 5 Day 2
Good news! After all that time on the bike, I was expecting to be in rough shape for my run, but I wasn’t having any pain, aches or soreness whatsoever. Winning!
The run was good, too: 5:00 warmup, 8:00 running, 5:00 walking, 8:00 running and 5:00 of cool down. I thought my lungs would just about explode on that second running block, but I kept pushing. “Push” is going to be my new mantra.
Since I had work, Mr PugRunner went to little man’s school at lunchtime to help hand out birthday cupcakes. The kids didn’t have school on Friday, his actual birthday, so this was his chance to celebrate with his school buddies.
When I got home from work, there was a super cool gift in the mail for me, from the Rock ‘n’ Blog team and from Eagle Creek Gear: the Pack-It Sport Fitness Locker, Pack-It Sport Shoe Locker and Pack-It Sport Roll Top Sac.
These are going to be great for my future racecations, and I can’t wait to try them out.
Last but not least, I finished a little something for summer. We don’t do a lot of screen time around here, but it happens and it can get pretty consuming. One of my friends posted this checklist and it’s something we are implementing around the house, especially on weekends and in the summer.
The best news is that we are usually so busy, that by the time he gets done with the list every day, there won’t be too much time left for him to play video games or watch tv.
Friday – rest
I wasn’t planning this to be a rest day, but it was little man’s birthday, and hanging out with the family took precedence. He wanted a birthday donut, and then we presented him with part of his big birthday surprise: we would be spending the weekend at the Sawgrass Marriott!
The kid LOVES hotels. Loves them. Hotels are his favorite part of any trip, and we found a great rate on this particular property. It wasn’t far from home, and there were plenty of things to do onsite. He was so excited.
We packed and headed out. We wanted to meet my parents for lunch and cake before the weekend got into full swing.
I was able to get in Week 5, Day 3 of Couch to 5K before the day began. It called for 20 minutes of straight running, which was… well… it was something, all right.
When I was all cleaned up, I hopped in the car, and went to pick up little man’s best friend. The second part of his surprise was tickets to see Marvel Universe Live with a buddy. I will post full details in another post, as this one is already long enough, but it was phenomenal.
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And there you have it!
It was a pretty solid April, and I am feeling like I have reached a good balance between returning to running and my cross training. Of course, we shall see if I am able to keep it up through the summer, but I have high hopes.
How was your week in training?
Game of Thrones: yay or nay?
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