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Sunday – rest
Fact. We got back to our hotel room at about 2AM. As someone who is usually tucked in for the night at 9PM, it was a pretty significant contrast. I wasn’t hurting when I woke up a few hours later (I really didn’t have that much to drink), but I was starving and not at all rested.
We met our friends for brunch and I was quite grateful for the big meal.
Afterwards, we headed home and met up with my parents for a late lunch/early dinner.It was nice to just sit back and chill, even if it meant catching up on laundry and organizing.
Monday – 5 miles running, body circuit
Due to some travel plans, I had to adjust my running schedule this week, changing from Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday to Monday/Wednesday/Friday. It was a little hard getting up for that Monday run, but the gorgeous sunrise was just what I needed.
I took a minute to change clothes, bundle little man off to camp and made it back in time to my body circuit class. It was really good to be back, even if some of the exercises were extra challenging in the summer heat.
Mr PugRunner was also able to get away from work a little earlier (a trend he continued throughout the week), so it was nice to hang out with him during the day.
Tuesday – 10 miles cycling
When I got home from work, I asked Mr PugRunner if he wanted to go for a ride with me. He agreed to six miles, so we took that on together and then I veered off for an additional four. It was incredibly windy, and my pace suffered horribly. Definitely another thing for me to work on.
Wednesday – 5 miles running, 75 minutes beach yoga
This morning’s 5 miler was special: 3.1 miles of it were dedicated to the first race of my first Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Run Series: the Guitar Solo*.
It was a lovely run with the full moon still in the sky as the sun rose.
I even rocked out on my air guitar when the run was complete!
Mr PugRunner and I had lunch with my parents and worked on preparation for the family that would be coming to visit on the weekend.
In the evening, I wanted to go to a new yoga class: a full moon practice on the beach. It was a new instructor, and lots of new people. The energy was incredible. I was full of sand, but I didn’t even care.
Thursday – rest
After a late night, a rest day was just what I needed. I did want to get in another ride after work, but it was soo hot and I was more than happy to just chill on the couch when I got home. Sometimes, it’s ok to just hang out and do nothing. Not often, but sometimes. 🙂
Friday – 9 miles running
Long runs are a necessary evil in half marathon training, and I wanted to get this one done before our family came into town. I was hoping to get up extra early to beat all the heat and sun, but Molly ended up snuggling on top of me, and …. well… pug snuggles beat alarms any day of the week.
At lunchtime, family started arriving. We had a lovely, beach lunch with our niece, and then we had pizza on the patio with my brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and some more nieces and nephews. It was a nice visit and we had a great time chatting and hanging out.
Saturday – SUP yoga
Even though it’s the weekend, my alarm was set and I was up before my sun. I wanted to take one more SUP yoga class before we headed out of town, and one of my nieces was joining me.
I was a little nervous because we were going to a new launch site, but once we found it, we were in heaven.
The view was gorgeous, the paddle out/in was longer and we were treated to two dolphins and one manatee near our boards.
I also took my first tumble as we were paddling back to the beach. Whoops! I have always been afraid to fall in because I thought I would make a complete jerk of myself trying to flail my way back on. Turns out, it wasn’t a big deal. (PS – I prefer to believe I was bumped by a manatee than that I was just a spaz who tripped over my own feet).
We showered, ate and then it was time to get in the car for the four hour, cross-state drive to my in-laws.
It was great to visit but I finally had to take little man back to the hotel to get something to eat and get some sleep. He was pretty worn out from the trip and all the hanging with his cousins.
I am pretty pleased with this week. You might have noticed I have upped my regular training runs to five miles. As I was sorting through training plans, I realized that I was kind of limiting myself: I have been looking at plans geared towards “novice runners” or runners whose goals is “just crossing the finish line.” After four years and countless races, I realize that I can probably be doing a little bit more, and an average of 12-15 weekly miles isn’t going to get me there. It’s also making long runs a little easier and less intimidating.
I will also have a pretty fun announcement in a couple of weeks. I can’t wait to share what’s going to be going on!
How was your week in training?
What’s next on your race calendar?
*As a Rock ‘n’ Blogger, my entry to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Series/Make a Band and Global Tour Pass were complimentary. All opinions are my own.