Happy Thanksgiving! I hope those of you that celebrate the holiday had a wonderful long weekend.
(If you only check in here for the weekly recap, be sure to check out the final recap post of our recent trip to Norway: “Fits on the Road in Flåm and Oslo!“)
My holiday weekend coincided with a cutback week in mileage for training for the Houston Marathon (my 30th full at the end of January!) It was lovely.
Here’s how training went this past week:
Monday: 8.3 miles run commute to work, nice and easy 9:35 min/mile pace. My face was frozen!
(How great is that reflective Athleta jacket though? So bright!)
After work, I took a vinyasa yoga class at Corepower Yoga downtown. What a treat to fit in yoga; I always love it.
Tuesday: 5.2 miles with my friend Vicki and another coworker, 9:40 min/mile pace. Then a 50 minute-ALTR class after work. Two non-running activity days in a row, so happy!
Wednesday: Total rest day (much needed!) The muscles in the leg that I broke had been pretty tight lately, so a rest day was much needed. Most of the time, my coach does one rest day a week, but if you look back at previous weeks, sometimes its more like one rest day every ten days; this one was welcome after awhile without one!
It worked perfectly with the arrival of all of my family for the holiday that evening. I have 4 sisters, each of which is married with multiple children. I’m the 4th of 5 girls- it’s a lot, but so much fun! Thanksgiving is the one big holiday where we all try to get together. Unfortunately, my younger sister couldn’t make it this year, but the other 3 sisters plus their husbands plus my parents plus 1 nephew and 6 nieces equaled quite the party! I hosted them all at my house Wednesday night for Red Wagon Pizza (and some karaoke in the basement.) Fun times.
Thursday: We were all up early to get ready for the Drumstick Dash 10k and 5k. The kid’s races (1 mile and a 1/2 mile) started at 7:30. Dustin and I were both doing the 10k, so we ran to the start line at the Lake Harriet bandshell, which was about a mile. I love races where we can run to the start!
It was pretty windy and chilly in Minneapolis; my poor nieces were pretty cold!
The 10k route is twice around Lake Harriet; my splits were 7:45, 7:48, 7:55, 8:06, 8:01, 7:54, and 7:09 for the final 0.2 miles for a finish time of 49:23.
This was far away from my PR of 46:13 or a 7:26 min/mile average, but I was happy to keep my average under 8 min/miles. It felt comfortably hard- never out of control like it probably should during a race. And of course I have to remember where I was 10 months ago, i.e. on crutches and not running at all.
After the race, my family all came back to our house for some of Dustin’s homemade cinnamon rolls (delicious!).
After breakfast, we all parted ways and I started cooking my dishes to bring to my sister Cresta’s house who was hosting the actual Thanksgiving meal.
We have a few family traditions for Thanksgiving; a race of some sort is always one tradition, even if its our own made-up race! Another tradition is that the sisters also all try to bring clothes we don’t wear anymore for a “Clothing Exchange/Swap”. We all walk away with a few ‘new’ items for the wardrobe and anything no one wants is donated to Goodwill.
My song was “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton:
My sister Erin lip sync’ed to Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash:
My sister Cresta was the emcee of the event; she did “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.”
Of course the kids all competed as well; it was quite adorable.
Friday: With bellies still full of turkey and maybe a bit too much wine from the night before, my sister Erin and I eventually made it out the door for a long run Friday morning.
We definitely “opted outside” for Black Friday and it was much warmer this day, in the mid-40’s! Erin ran 12 with me and then I picked up Matilda for another 3. 15 miles total at a 10 min/mile pace.
That evening, a few of the ‘big kids’ went to a few local breweries to check out the Minneapolis scene.
We went to Wild Mind Ales, then had dinner at Centro Popol Vuh, then a pint at Indeed next door, followed by a nightcap at Pryes Brewing. We had hoped to play some feather bowling at Pryes, but the line was too long. Feather bowling is a lot like bocci ball, but is really only played in Minnesota and Michigan.
Saturday: My family came back over Saturday morning for breakfast before everyone headed either via car or airplane to their respective homes.
Eventually Dustin, Matilda, and I went out a run; Dustin was doing his long run, but Tilda and I only did 4.5 miles with him at the beginning, 8:45 min/mile average.
Sunday: Another run with Dustin and Matilda, this time 5.5 miles at an 8:40 min/mile average. When I run with Dustin, somehow I run much faster…guess I need someone to push me more often if I want to get back to where I used to be.
And Tilda keeps me on track with my PT exercises post-run!
(Still loving that Patagonia Capilene Air Crew base layer too.)
Summary: 1 strength class (ALTR), 1 yoga class (Corepower), and 47 miles of running. Much lower than the upper 50-miles-per-week that I’ve been running the past few weeks. A welcome cutback week. Only 8 weeks until race day!