Happy first week of Fall! We’ve been lucky to have cooler temperatures (highs in the 80s!) and a night of amazing rain. Perhaps it is too much to hope for, but I’d love to have a wet Winter. I’ve been celebrating the changing seasons with some pies (above – persimmon and macadamia nut) and brownies. Yum!
Don’t worry, I’ve eaten a bunch of healthy food too. Mmm. Vegetables and tofu.
In addition to baking this week, I’ve spent some quality time with the doggies. There have been a few long walks through the greenbelt and a dog park date. When the dogs are not out playing, they like to chill in the yard. Isn’t Jake handsome?
Or lounge on my running shoes in the sun. This does not look comfortable, but then again, I’m not a dog.
Definitely working dogs.
Oh, and I got the pedicure I wanted. Love my monthly pampering sessions. I even picked a season-appropriate color to hide my black and blue toenails. Thanks rock climbing!
As for my workouts, I felt pretty fabulous all week (at least for my runs). The swims were meh. This was
a bit very surprising because I’ve been an emotional mess and I am in my second week of intensified training. Not going to go into my personal problems on the blog, but it hasn’t been pretty. Maybe I needed to escape for a while? Or all the extra baking/calories gave me energy I needed to power through the week? The weather was perfect? Whatever it was, I had three very good runs. And I’m happy about that!
Monday – REST DAY!
Tuesday – GVH speed workout – 6 miles in and around UCD arboretum. I haven’t been to a speed workout in months and I was definitely dreading getting my butt kicked. The workout was: warm-up – X repeats of 30sec hard/30 sec recovery – cool-down. I ended up doing 22 repeats with a friend. Our hard pace was 6:16 min/mile – 7:30 min/mile, with most repeats around 7:05. My recovery pace started out at 9:30, but got slower and slower as the workout progressed. Walking a few of the recoveries felt amazing! Clearly we were getting tired… I’m okay with that because the workout was intense.
Wednesday – Run (3.6 miles easy with dogs)+ swim (distance). No love for either workout. The dogs wanted to sniff more than run and I saw a friend and chatted for a bit. As for the swim, it was longer distances (starting with a 400) with minimal rest. I’m not sure how I can run for an hour plus without stopping, but the idea for swimming for seven minutes is too much for me to handle.
Thursday – Run (4 miles hard). It was raining!!! I love rain and was not bothered by the fact that I was drenched by the end of the workout. This is not an exaggeration. My clothes were completely soaked. It was also very dark at 615am and I had an interesting time trying to avoid puddles. All in all, it was a great workout and fun time. Second favorite workout of the week.
Friday – Swim – 40 mins. I was not feeling motivated and it was cold in the pool. I might have gotten out early because warm shower >> IM.
Saturday – Run (10 miles easy). I haven’t done 10 mile with GVH in a while. I hung with a fellow GVHer who is training for a marathon and had 15 miles to do that day. We took it pretty easy (9:09 min/mile) and stopped for water about half way through. My Garmin was on the fritz for the first 10 mins or so. Not sure why. It was gorgeous (clear skies and 55F) and I felt strong for the whole run. We chatted about running and life for an hour and a half. Love!
Sunday – Brick + yoga. Another brick workout with friends. Fun times. The bike was 22 mile RT out and back over rolling hills. It is always nice to have mostly downhill for the end of the ride!The run was uneventful, a mix of trails and pavement. I felt good on bike, but less than fabulous on run. A relaxing yoga session in the afternoon helped loosen my tired legs. The teacher talked about being centered with the changing seasons, which was a good reminder for me right now.
On that note, best wishes to everyone for a happy Autumn.