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Sunday – rest
Mr PugRunner had invited some friends over to grill out, so we did some food shopping and quick errands before they came over. It was a nice, chill night, and it was good to see them.
Monday – rest
We had pretty much no plans for Labor Day Monday. It was rather nice. We did make a trip to the outdoor mall for some extra Cub Scouts uniform supplies and had a delicious lunch out. We didn’t get up early, we didn’t race, and we didn’t even grill out. It was completely uncharacteristic for us, but needed.
Tuesday – 5 miles running
I was back at it on Tuesday. There was a gorgeous break in the temperature, which made everything ok.
I love strong runs.
The plan was to go to body circuit, and then switch cars with Mr PugRunner so I could bring lunch to little man at school, and he could possibly go to Orlando for a meeting, but when I got in the car, the battery was dead.
This is my second dead battery this year (different car, fortunately). I’m starting to take it personally.
Of course, this threw a wrench into things – Mr PugRunner had to come home from work to try to jump the dead battery. He was successful, so he took that car in to replace the battery while I handled lunch and the rest of the day. I hate dealing with car stuff, but I’m glad it was an easy fix.
Wednesday – spinning, 60 minutes
Spin is getting easier. Not easy, mind you, but easier. Every class, I find myself able to climb longer and faster. And this class was almost entirely climbing.
I also worked pretty hard with upping with water consumption and decreasing my sugar intake. The first thing I usually grab to drink in the morning is my Diet Dr Pepper, but I’ve been holding off until I get a tumbler or two of H2O in me. I don’t love it, but I know it’s good for me, and I’m really focused on making better choices.
I’m also stocking up on those little snack packs so I can grab a healthier snack, instead of cookies or sugary granola bars. It’s working ok.
Thursday – spinning, 60 minutes; body recon, 60 minutes
I didn’t have a great night’s sleep, so I skipped my run and hit the gym instead. Another sweaty spin session, followed by my second body recon class. The instructor talked a lot about the importance of recovery and strengthening the hips and glutes.
I really like her – she’s tough but fair, and spends a lot of time checking form. I feel like I’m getting a lot out of that class.
In the evening, I had to work, and little man went to Cub Scouts. A veteran and his service dog visited the Pack to talk about the importance of service, and all the kids made thank you cards for veterans and service members. They also talked A LOT about the upcoming campouts, and Mr PugRunner came home with quite a list of needs, wants, and recommendations.
Friday – 5.25 miles running; body circuit, 60 minutes
Remember my awesome running coaches? Well, we are working together again for the Space Coast Half, and they invited me to join them on their run. They are heart rate training, so they promised it would be ok for me.
I ended up running four of my five miles with them mostly without intervals (I needed a couple of random walk breaks, but nothing major). Wow. It was pretty crazy. I’m not sure what my actual heart rate was during that time, as I don’t currently have an HRM, but it was kind of neat to not have to really stop.
It certainly wasn’t a fast run, but I felt great at the end of it.
Body circuit was fantastic, and then Mr PugRunner asked if I would join him for a trip to REI and another outdoor store. I had thought he was planning to go shopping on the weekend, but he was all about right that minute.
First up was REI. We spent about an hour in there, selecting self-inflating mattresses, lanterns and other supplies for the upcoming camping trip. It was actually really interesting, and I paid close attention, because I’m going to need to use some of the same equipment for Ragnar in December.
We also got headlamps, which is officially my first Ragnar purchase.
We had lunch, and then Mr PugRunner wanted to go back to the little, local outdoor store nearby. He had an ulterior motive: he has had his eye on a Big Green Egg. He had been emailing back and forth with the store owner about a package, and it was finally time to make things happen.
The Egg and accessories was purchased at 2:15PM. By 7:30 that night, it had been assembled at the store, delivered and set up. Mr PugRunner was beaming, and spent the rest of the night researching recipes and planning his first Egg meal.
Saturday – 4.5 miles cycling
I was supposed to try out an aerial acrobatics class with some fellow bloggers, but we had to reschedule at the last minute. I was bummed, so instead we had one of those Saturday mornings of hardcore cleaning: sheets, bathroom rugs, area rugs, even the pugs got a bath and their crates scrubbed down (much to their chagrin).
When we had finished, we took the bikes for a ride to lunch. It’s a great way to get some family exercise.
And then Mr PugRunner took a ride to the store to pick up stuff for dinner. We ended up having lobster tail and baked potatoes with the University of Miami game, and it was fabulous.
We are going to be very well fed this football season.
On Friday, I’m heading to Philadelphia for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon. At the moment, I don’t really have much of a strategy. I’m looking forward to meeting some of my fellow Rock ‘n’ Bloggers, spending time with a friend, and seeing a new city. I’m a little worried about the hills, but my friend and I are planning to have fun with the course, and not stress too much about it. This is a race to ease me back into the half marathon game, not to push for a PR, and so my big goal is to have a great time.
How was your week in training?
Are you excited that football season is here?
Do you camp? If so, what’s the best tip you have for a rookie?