Wow….week 5. I can’t believe it’s been that long!
And when will it end? How will it end?
So much unknown. I’ll just keep trucking along with training for whatever comes next! I felt like this tweet from Des Linden this week was right on point; this is when we train because we love the process!
Here’s how I “loved the process” this week!
Monday: 6 treadmill miles before work, 9:15 min/mile pace. 1:1 virtual personal training session after work with a Discover Strength trainer followed by another 4 easy miles on the treadmill. 10 miles on the day. Kind of a big workout day! Started off the week strong.
Tuesday: My coach gave me the same workout as the week before, with slightly slower goal paces to give it another go:
3 miles easy, 4x(3 miles at half marathon pace, 2 minute recovery jog, 2 minutes at 5k pace, 3 minute recovery jog), cool-down of about 1.5 miles with Ruth. 9.15 miles total. I did the workout before work; it was chilly, but no stressful crowds to worry about. It went much better than the week before.
Wednesday: 6.6 miles before work, 8:35 min/mile. I started a little later than normal, so I had to go a bit faster to get back in time for work! I did see this new graffiti near Lake Harriet. It should say “I can’t wait to RUN with you!”
After work, I did another 1:1 virtual personal training session with a Discover Strength trainer. Great workout. I’m really happy to keep up with strength training while stuck at home.
Thursday: Easy 9 miles, last two with Ruthie. 9:08 min/mile average. Ruth is getting better and better each day with running. I give her lots of praise about what a good runner she is and try to keep her focused.
Where Ruth is at the beginning of her running years, Matilda is close to retiring her running shoes; I have so many great memories of runs with my sweet Matilda! Do you remember her guest posts about the “Fast & Furry 8k” she ran? Catch up on those here, here, and here.
Now she is more about the napping than the running.
Friday: 3 miles with Ruth. Her longest run yet. 8:45 min/mile average. Then had another 1:1 session with a Discover Strength trainer. 3rd time for the week!
Saturday: Another solo long run: 40 minutes easy, 20 minutes at 8:15, 5 minute recovery, 15 minutes at 8:00, 5 minute recovery, 10 minutes at 7:45, 5 minute recovery, 5 minutes at 7:45, 15 minute recovery. 14 miles total.
I picked up Ruth for part of the cool-down. She really loves to run! Just like her humans.
The weather was pretty nice- sunny and in the 40s then 50’s by the end. But WINDY! Oh my…so windy. Definitely added a challenge, especially to the workout part of the run!
Sunday: Dustin and I ran 5.5 miles together and then I picked up Ruth for a final mile, 6.5 miles total, 8:45 min/mile average.
Summary: 58 miles of running, 3 virtual strength training sessions with Discover Strength.
In other quarantine cooking news, we’re still doing Hello Fresh for 3 meals a week and take-out a few times as well, but we’re definitely cooking more than usual. I tried my hand at Detroit style pizza from scratch; it turned out quite well!
I really hope all of you are staying healthy and safe during this stressful time. It’s great to have the ability to stay connected virtually and support each other; this link-up hosted by Running on the Fly and Confessions of a Mother Runner ‘s is a great way to do so! Check it out below:
I miss hugs!!!
I love seeing how everyone is keeping up with running and fitness right now. We’ve got a great group, right here! Nice work!
Definitely a dedicated group!
I’ve been thinking about something like Hello Fresh. Since I am unlikely to have a vacation any time soon, and haven’t had one in a long time, I think it could be money well spent! Lola was never a runner. She still likes to sprint a bit & gets the zoomies sometimes, but mostly she’s napping these days too. I actually didn’t enjoy running with Bandit all that much, so I wasn’t unhappy when he seemed to not want to run with me anymore (I usually just picked him up for a cool down, although initially we worked our way… Read more »
We’ve been customers of Hello Fresh for a few years now and are still happy with it!
I’m so glad Ruth is doing well on the running front! Love that graffiti! So true.
I am quite tired of cooking but what is even more frustrating is when the kids are not happy with what I make but cannot verbalize what they’d prefer instead.
I can imagine that’s challenging! Good luck!
I miss hugs and high fives and group runs! Nice week of fitness for you thanks for linking up
Wise words, “love the process”. I love being at home with my family so much, but I am ready for a hug and a group run.
Awesome job on the Detroit style pizza – it looks yummy!
I love the “I can wait 2 hug 2” art. I really, really miss giving out hugs. I don’t even know if that will be socially acceptable after all of this is over – sigh 🙁
Good point…hugs are probably out of the question for awhile!
As always, your mileage is so impressive! I loved your Tuesday workout. I might try a modified (shorter) version of it. I am a hugger and I miss hugs a lot. Fortunately, I can still get them from Hubs! 🙂
Yes, love the process, indeed! Even if our process isn’t ideal at the moment, I believe there’s always something to love about it. Glad to see Ruth is doing so well logging all those miles 😉
Yep! Love the process, even with its challenges!
I miss hugs too and I’m not even a big hugger! This pandemic may make me into one afterwards. Ha! Ruth is doing so well with running. Is she worn out afterwards or still itching for more?
She’s itching for more 🙂 But I don’t want to overdo it when she’s still so young!
Aw, sweet Matilda! That pizza looks great. My husband isn’t excited about getting take-out these days, but I’m tired of constant menu planning!
Agreed! Hello Fresh helps with not having to think about menu planning, I’m not a fan of that.
Thats great that you can do your strength training sessions from home! Its so weird to think about how long this will go on for and how it will end. Great job getting in so many miles this week!
I’ve had a lot of conversations to myself lately about my running. I DO love the process and continue to run, despite the fact that it’s really not feeling good right now. Every day after a run, which I feel sore afterwards, I say “Ok, I’m not going to run tomorrow.”… but yet I do. I’ve got 2 planned runs this week, and then I *really* do need to take an extended break from running. Whomp whomp. Hopefully, that will get rid of the pains! Things only a runner would understand :). Great workouts this week! Ruth is becoming such… Read more »
It’s hard to take a break…good luck!
Ruth and Matilda make my day! I totally tried to name Delilah Matilda, but I got outvoted.
I’m not even a hugger and I miss hugging people. These are such strange times. It’s just so surreal.
Funny! I love the name Delilah though!
Another great week for you! How do you stay so motivated? 🙂 I am almost positive I’ve had an order from Hello Fresh. Or was it Blue Apron? Right now cannot remember but like that you get ALL of the ingredients fo each meal.
I just like not having to plan meals!
I miss hugs and running with my friends! I happened to run into one of the ladies in my neighborhood I usually run with this morning and we were both so happy to see each other! We ran for like 100m together before splitting off. Can’t wait until group runs resume!
Napping over running. I really can’t disagree with Matilda some days. Yay on Ruth’s progress and glad you’ve not only found a great new pupper, but also a new running buddy. One of my favorite moments of the NFL Draft was Bill Belichick’s dog “making” the pick.
Did you ever think you’d be run streaking quite this long when it all started?