Happy Sunday! It’s another cold and bright day here in Florida, and I think we will be enjoying another week of tights, gloves, and sweatshirts. It’s a little bit of a nice break, if we are being honest.
Sunday – rest + Plank Challenge Day 10 (forearm hip dips)
Sunday was a rest day in almost every sense of the word. Yes, I did my plank challenge (three 45-second sets of forearm hip dips), and yes, that was where it all ended.
Sure, there was some tidying up and organizing, but otherwise, it was a very low output day.
Monday – 4.13 miles, speedwork/walking + Plank Challenge Day 11 (plank jacks)
Speedwork Monday is a real thing now, and today I decided to try running four 1/4 mile repeats, with 1/4 mile recovery in between. Normally, the recovery would be shorter, but since this is new for my ankle, I’m making the adjustments necessary for me to feel comfortable.
On the other hand, plank jacks presented a huge challenge for me. I got halfway through the first set, and then had to switch to a modification. I felt incredibly unstable, and consequently, terrified.
Today, back to school started for real, with live lessons and assignments due. The day started on a super high note, when A received his honor roll certificate for All A’s in his first semester of virtual school.
Tuesday – 5.01 miles, running + 1.05 miles, walking + Plank Challenge Day 12 (side plank dips)
Back to normal running with five miles! Please note, this was the only tank and shorts day of my week.
A’s virtual cooking club is now on a fairly regular schedule, so he treated us to dinner: chicken noodle soup. We added some warm bread, and it was quite yummy.
Wednesday – 3.66 miles, walking + Plank Challenge Day 13 (knee to opposite elbow)
Back to freezing weather, but the walk must go on. No stopping, just because it’s cold out there!
Today’s planks went much better than the previous days: high plank with knee to opposite elbow. These have always come easily and today wasn’t an exception.
After that, I left A to his lessons to take Luna to the vet for her bordetella booster. Human clients still can’t go into the office or exam rooms, and the tech told me she fought like a tiger, even those the dose was oral. Oh, sweet Luna.
Thursday – 5.01 miles, running + 2.27 miles, walking + 1.25 miles, hiking + Plank Challenge Day 14 (knee to same elbow)
Another great run in the cold. J and I had some truly amazing conversation – sometimes we just need to get it all out. Of course I treated myself to some iced coffee with my stretching.
Plank challenge called for a low plank with knees to same elbow. This was a little bit harder.
That afternoon, we continued our weekly hiking and exploration adventures with a trip to Kingsley Plantation.
This was a more sobering visit, in that the trails are built around an actual plantation. The manor house, barn, and 25 slave cabins still stand, all reminders of some of the ugliness that stains this nation’s past.
Friday – 3.25 miles, walking + .54 miles, hiking + Plank Challenge Day 15 (Friday Flow)
Happy Friday! I started the day with a nice walk. I wasn’t really feeling it, but the sun was shining and the sky was blue. I had zero excuses. None.
A was finished with school for the week, and had earned 100s on two big writing assignments, so I decided (with a push from Darlene) to take him on the trip to Blue Spring State Park to see the manatees. Every winter, the manatees migrate to the inland springs like this one to stay warm in the 72 degree water.
On this Friday, there were 321 of these beauties at the park, just doing manatee things. We brought sandwiches to eat in the car, and spent a few hours enjoying nature.
Saturday – 9 miles, running + 1.46, walking + Plank Challenge Day 16 (wide-grip pushups)
And finally, it was Saturday. I had committed to extending my long run distance to nine miles, and here we were. J wanted to run seven, so we agreed that I would go out earlier for two, and pick her up for the remainder.
I don’t know what happened, but it was just a perfect run. Yes, it was cold and windy, but I didn’t feel tired or sore or over it the entire time. Yay! Getting to 10 miles will be easier than I thought!
We celebrated by getting lunch at the food trucks by the marina.
And then came home for a nap in our new hybrid bed!
Week 3 was pretty wonderful! My walking miles were down, but my running miles increased, speedwork was better, and we did more parks trips.
I am still holding strong with my plank challenge. Some days it’s really hard, but it’s only for a few minutes, so I can take it.
I finished Wolf Hall, and moved on to Bringing Up The Bodies, both by Hilary Mantel, and both in the same series. Here’s the link to my GoodReads profile if you want to follow along.
Also, I got fabulous news: I was invited to join the 2021 Balega Impi Ambassador Global Team! I discovered Balega socks last year through another Impi, and have been devoted to them ever since. I’m so honored to get to be part of this crew and get to spread the Balega love!
How was your week in training?
Do you have a hybrid mattress? Ever visit manatees? Any new wins for you this week?