Hello! Can you believe it’s already August 16th? This month is flying by…here’s how this past week went in fitness/training:
Monday: We had some horrible storms Sunday night (not as bad as Iowa- eeks!) so I had trouble getting up early after a terrible night of little sleep. I only had time for a quick 4 miler with Ruth, 8:40 min/mile pace.
After work, I did a virtual 1:1 session with Discover Strength, then another 4 miles solo for 8 miles on the day.
Tuesday: I had a short ladder workout: 20 minutes easy, 2x(4-3-2-1 minutes at progressively faster paces with 1 minute recovery), 15 minute cool-down for 8 miles total.
Ran into another rafter of turkeys on this run too!
Tuesday was also election day in Minneapolis! I actually did a mail-in ballot weeks before, for the first time ever.
I had blocked off time on my work calendar to attend my grandfather’s funeral “virtually.” If you recall, he passed away in April due to Covid-19. My family had a service, but my sisters and I all decided to join virtually to keep the attendees at a reasonable number. What a time we’re living in.
2020 is definitely a unique year…
Wednesday: I had a 7 am meeting, so I was out the door by 5:15 am to fit in a run first. It’s dark out there at that hour now, though the sun did come up shortly after I started.
I covered 7.5 miles and was showered and ready for the 7 am video meeting. Always a video, ha!
Virtual 1:1 with Discover Strength after work.
Thursday: Another 7 am meeting, but at least this one wasn’t video. I started just as early but had time for 9.4 miles.
I did a bonus 3 miles with Ruth after work. I was worried it might be too hot for her, as our first mile was a 9:55 min/mile, but then she ran an 8:15 and an 8:30. She was just getting warmed up I guess! 12.5 miles on the day.
We had a few friends over for some social distance drinks and puppy play time later that evening, which was great. Ruth and Matilda were ‘dog’-tired afterwards!
Friday: Just a short 4 miler with Ruth before work, 8:40 min/mile average, virtual 1:1 strength training after work.
Saturday: Best long run for quite some time! The weather was so much better than last weekend, and I convinced Dustin to run with me! We started at 7:15 and it was just about 60 degrees, but not humid and felt so great.
I kept most of the miles under 9, which hasn’t happened on a long run in awhile.
13.2 miles at a 8:45 min/mile average. I love that Dustin and I can occasionally share the long runs! 🙂
Our lovely Saturday together just kept going, with a post-long run brunch at The Lynhall . They have great socially distanced outdoor seating under a tent.
Then we decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and head to Franconia Sculpture Park, which is about an hour outside of Minneapolis, but definitely worth an occasional visit!
We spent a good hour and a half wandering through the park. Dog-friendly, free. It was a little busy, but people were generally good about staying a part.
Sunday: Dustin ran with me again! This time, Ruth joined us for 5.4 miles, 8:35 min/mile pace. The weather wasn’t quite as cool/gorgeous as Saturday, but it still felt quite nice.
Summary: 59 miles of running, 3 virtual strength training classes.
Exciting news of the week is that I signed up for an actual in-person race! Twin Cities in Motion is hosting a few small, socially distanced, masks-required-when-not-actually-running races this fall. The first one will be a 5k on Wednesday, August 26th at the Chaska Arboretum. Can’t wait!
I’m also loosely following this Boise marathon to see if it actually happens and will potentially register if it does. We haven’t run a marathon yet in Idaho and it seems like they have good safety plans in place. TBD. I’m going to keep up with consistent training for now as though an October marathon might be a possibility.
I’m linking up with Running on the Fly and Confessions of a Mother Runner Check it out below:
Looks like you have enjoyed some great runs w your hubs this week. That must have been strange to have a virtual funeral. My condolences again. Send those cooler temps this way!
R & M are so cute chillaxin’ on the bed! It’s been cooler here in Chicago in the morning too. I’m so happy to not have that oppressive heat first thing. That said Atlanta was a sultry 96 degrees, but that’s to be expected.
I hope the race goes off as planned and fingers crossed for Boise as well! I’ve always wanted to run there but airfare is $$$
Flights aren’t too bad from Minneapolis to Boise…driving would be pretty long, but maybe we should just rent an Air BnB there for a month. Who cares where we’re working from these days, right?
The weather sure has been conducive to good running, hasn’t it? I had a really nicely paced 10 mile trail run this morning, if you don’t count the mile where I took a wrong turn and got stuck in a mile of weeds. Ugh. I miss my speed, but hey, I get to run! Nice miles and I sure hope you get to run that marathon in Idaho!
Haha, fingers crossed for safe races…
What is up with all of those turkeys? Don’t they realize they are a little early for Thanksgiving? LoL. I heard about those crazy storms in the midwest! Just another thing that 2020 has decided to throw at people.
I can’t imagine how strange it must have been to have a virtual funeral. So sorry again for your loss.
Thanks Kim, hopefully my first and last virtual funeral.
Sorry you couldn’t attend your grandfather’s funeral in person. It must be hard not to be able to be with the rest of your family. I’m glad you were with your sister at least.
Very cool on the race. I do hope more small races get scheduled for the fall.
It seems like small local races will be able to figure out a safe way to happen…no big ones for awhile though, that’s for sure.
It’s so exciting that you’ll be doing a “real” race in 2 weeks. Nothing like a good ol’ 5k. Hopefully Idaho will pan out as well.
I won’t get my hopes too high on Boise! But pencilling it in for now 🙂
Aww the tired pups.
I went to a virtual funeral earlier in this chaos — was colleague and not family, so not same level of emotion. I’m not sure I could do it for family. So sorry for your loss.
7am meetings. EEK. Video double eek. I pretty much turn mine on for internal, small external. The large externals are just too much
Ugh, we are sort of expected to always have video on. It’s harder than in person meetings for some reason!
So sorry to hear about your granddad Jess, I must have missed that when it happened. What a year. Funeral numbers have been limited hear as well so I know a few people who’ve attended them virtually. I’m glad you were able to do that even though it must have felt strange.
Glad you may have a couple of “real” races soon!
Thanks Shathiso- it was hopefully my first and LAST virtual funeral!
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Boise a couple of years ago. Fingers crossed for you!
Love the photos of the dogs & you. Yes, sculpture gardens have been big on our plans lately!
Good to know! I have never been to Boise!
That is exciting about the race!
I am seriously impressed you have time to run, get ready, and then have a 7am meeting. That is awesome!
Haha, well, I don’t spend a ton of time getting ready these days. I have one of those Dyson blowdryers and its SOO fast! That helps 🙂
That’s exciting that there is an in-person race this month! It sounds like some race companies are starting to figure out how to host races safely. Great week of running!
Love the rabbit and love the dogs! Ruth and Matida are the cutest!
Looks like another great week!
You definitely keep busy! You’re lucky that your hubby runs long runs with you on occasion. Mine will sometimes do a long race, but is not disciplined to train for them, so the best I can get out of him is 3-4 miles LOL
Boise is awesome! While I’ve never run that marathon, I lived in Boise for two years and really enjoyed all the outdoor activities nearby. Highly recommend to road trip to either McCall or Stanley ID if you go (the drive is half the fun)!
I had to look up “rafter of turkeys” because I’d never heard that before. Thank you for teaching me something new!
I hope the Boise Marathon works out for you!