Only 5 weeks until my 35th marathon, first marathon of 2021, and first marathon ‘post’- pandemic! Can’t wait. Here’s how training (and life) went this past week:
Monday: Intentional recovery pace, 9 miles at a 9:40 min/mile, after a 62-mile week last week! Barre class at the Bar Method after work.
Tuesday: 7 miles, 9:10 min/mile average, super humid / sweaty one! Bar class at the Bar Method after work.
Wednesday: Workout Wednesday! And the temperature was much less humid than last week, which helped the workout to go much better.
3 miles easy, 4×15 minutes at marathon effort with 2 minute jog in between, 2 mile cool-down, 12.6 miles total, 8:38 min/mile average.
15 minute sets: 8:03, 8:06, 8:03, 8:03- pretty consistent! I was happy with that. What a difference the weather makes!
After work, we had our second game of bocce! We lost again, but it was a close one and a ton of fun.
Thursday: We were all packed up and ready to head to the Boundary Waters today. But when we woke up Matilda (our 12 year old vizsla) was struggling to breathe, wouldn’t get out of bed, and wouldn’t eat anything. We were so worried that this was the end…we had to call around to multiple emergency vets to find one with availability (thank goodness we have options!) Our primary vet wanted us to find one with an “oxygen kennel” available in case she needed it. We ended up at the Como Park Vet outside of St. Paul. After about 4 hours of waiting in the parking lot (our vets are still only curbside), we found out she has aspiration pneumonia. Apparently, she “aspirated” something- food, or who knows? But no Boundary Waters for her (or us, for that matter.)
We were disappointed to cancel the trip, but mostly just relieved that she was going to be okay. She’s on medicine now and is recovering.
With all the stress of the day, it was a rest day for sure; just a few short walks with Ruth (the younger vizsla), but it was pouring the whole day, so she wasn’t too interested in walks either.
Friday: 6.5 miles with my friend Julie before work, nice crisp morning (upper 40’s). So different than earlier in the week! We were twinning in our Brooks Launch GTS 8’s!
Saturday: The weather was much nicer for my long run compared to last weekend. My friend Sarah joined us for the first 6 miles or so and showed us a ‘new-to-the-rest-of-us’ route through the Bryn Mawr neighborhood to Theodore Wirth Park and back. I ended up with 17.5 miles, 9:19 min/mile average.
Even though it wasn’t nearly as hot as the week before, I embraced the hydration vest and was glad I did!
There was a “Save the Boundary Waters” event going on at Bde Maka Ska; bit of a sad reminder that we were supposed to be in the Boundary Waters instead of long-running. Oh well, at least Matilda is okay. I’m glad it happened before we were in the Boundary Waters with no cell service.
Later that afternoon, my friend Julie invited us over for a backyard dinner, with delicious smoked brisket and many great side dishes. It’s so nice to hang out with friends again like the good old days!
Sunday: 6 miles with Dustin, 8:45 min/mile average; rainy, gloomy morning, but not a bad day for a run, to be honest!
Bald eagles and blue herons are relatively common around the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, but it still brings me joy to see them!
Summary: 59 miles of running, 2 barre classes, 1 full rest day.
Since we didn’t go to the Boundary Waters, we used the extra time to start demo on a bathroom remodel on our main bathroom.
Not as much of a cutback as originally planned when I thought we’d be canoeing across the Boundary Waters!
In 2016, the floor in front of the old shower leaked and ended up collapsing! Here’s a few pictures from that fun experience:
So we redid that section of the bathroom (larger shower replaced the tub and small shower). At the time, we had just finishing remodeling our kitchen so we needed to space things out a bit (financially, but also I just wanted to be done with construction after the kitchen!) We had plans made to redo the rest of the bathroom but didn’t move forward.
In the beginning of the pandemic, we turned our attention to a different project, which was turning a closet into a bathroom in a guest bedroom, which turned out great!
But now we are ready to finally redo our bathroom; my main pet peeve with the current bathroom is that the two separate sinks do not leave much, if any, counter space. We are getting new cabinets with more counter space and retiling the floor, painting, etc.
It’s a bit of a mess right now, but hopefully will be worth the mess when complete! Dustin is doing most of the work himself, though we hired someone for the cabinets and the plumbing.
I’ll be sure to share more pictures as we go!
That’s a wrap! I’m linking up with Running on the Fly and Confessions of a Mother Runner ; check out their blogs to connect with other fitness bloggers for workout ideas and inspiration!
Great job with your running this week! I’m sorry to hear about Matilda and that you had to cancel your trip! That bathroom project looks like alot of work. We’ve never done any renovations and I’m not sure we would do it on our own!
Lisa, do NOT attempt any renovations with a toddler! It won’t go well- trust me on this one.
Haha, I’m sure that would be extra challenging!
We’ve definitely taken on bigger projects, so I don’t think the bathroom will be TOO bad! My husband loves this sort of thing.
So glad that it wasn’t something super serious with Matilda — how scary! And so sorry you had to cancel your vacation. I was definitely very worried as I started to read that!
Good luck with your bath reno. We put in a new vanity and called it good a few years back (new mirror, too). It’s a very ugly, 70s type of bathroom. Extremely blue!
One of our bathrooms is a bit retro too, but I kinda like it! This one was more 90’s than 70s, but just not that functional. Excited for the refresh!
Poor Matilda! Glad she’s getting better. Cocoa gave us a scare this week as well–she threw out her back and wouldn’t move. Now she’s on steroids and is much better, but mad at us because we won’t throw her ball. Ugh. Will you go to the Boundary Waters later this summer?
We need to do so much work on our house but with the road being torn up for sewer replacement, it’s tough to get in and out of our driveway. It’s tough to live through home renovations, but always worth it in the end!
Oh no! Sorry to hear about Cocoa Wendy. Poor thing. Glad she’s doing better.
Yes, not the most fun to live through the renovations, but nice to make it “our own”!
I’m so glad Matilda is okay!!! Poor girl.
I like how in the “twinning” shoes picture you guys even have the same socks! What are the odds of that. And I like the look on Dustin’s face in the collapsed bathroom floor picture (as you can see, little things amuse me!)
Great week of running! Five weeks to go- that’s not long at all. And good luck with the bathroom project- looking forward to more pictures!
Haha, you’re right, our socks are similar! How perfect.
Yeah, that collapsed floor situation was not great! Unplanned.
Awesome job with all of your runs this week!
So sorry that Matilda was sick but glad that she is feeling better now. I can’t imagine how scary that must have been for you, especially since her breathing was labored.
Thank you Kim, it was really scary! We thought she was having heart failure. So glad it wasn’t!
Aww. Poor Matilda. Our Rosie (GSP) is 12+ too so I understand completely. It is so hard when they get old!
It’s so hard, everything is a lot more serious now when they are seniors! I hope Rosie is doing okay, Jackie!
Sorry for the health scare with Matilda, but glad she will be on the mend. I can’t imagine cancelling a weekend getaway and deciding to start a bathroom reno instead — you are way more motivated than I would have been! Great runs this week!
Hah, yeah, no rest over here I guess! We figured we should use the ‘bonus’ time productively.
Bummer that your weekend plans were cancelled but glad your pup is ok! Impressive home renovation. We are not good at those types of things over here!
My husband is the handy one- if it were me, I’d leave it up to the professionals, but he finds it very rewarding!
Oh, poor Matilda! Glad she’s doing better <3 Home renovations are tough to live through! My hubby is very handy, and enjoys doing “most” of the projects himself…but they take a lot longer than if we’d bring in someone who actually has time for it LOL
Thank you Kim! Yes, Matilda is doing much better, we are very relieved. It was scary!
YES- the time is the issue. If Dustin had time to just work on the project they would go WAY faster…so we end up living in a construction zone much longer this way 🙂
I’m so sorry about Matilda’s scare but thrilled she’ll be ok. I hope you’re able to reschedule your trip, and that she’s feeling well enough to come along like always. We redid our main bathroom maybe 10 years ago…just tile and shower…and now I runfess I’d like to do the whole thing over. Hopefully the kitchen will happen first though!
Thank you Marcia, I appreciate the kind words! We are so happy she’s okay. I am planning a Boundary Waters trip in August with my sisters/husbands, which will be a blast! But we aren’t sure yet if we will bring Ruth or Matilda, there’s a lot more people this time so might get complicated!
Good luck on the kitchen!
First post-pandemic race how exciting! It sounds like you’re having a strong training cycle and you should be ready to rock it on race day! Can’t wait to hear about how it goes!
And really glad your puppers is okay. I know it can be super scary when our pets have issues like that.
Thank you! Yes, I’m so excited to have a marathon coming up!
Thanks for the kind words about Matilda!
Oh poor Matilda! I’m happy to hear she’s doing better.
Looking forward to seeing how your bath remodel turns out! We did one a few years ago – it was a lot of work, but totally worth it!
Thank you Michelle!
I am so sorry to hear about Matilda but glad she is doing well. I am sure that was a frightening experience! Another great running week for you! 🙂
It was scary, but we are so happy she’s okay. 🙂
what a stress about Matilda!! I’m so sorry that happened. Poor girl! It sucks that you had to make some cancellations but I’d have put my cats first as well. It’s what we do right??
good running for you this week too!
ah renovations….what fun! Dustin’s face in that first photo is priceless! I know that feeling!
Yep, definitely what we do. We love our pets! 🙂
Great week on your running!
I’m so thankful that Matilda is going to be okay. That must have been so scary; and sorry you had to skip your trip.
You’re going to love the extra space you gain on your countertops! That Dustin is a talented guy!
He is talented! Though it definitely takes a little longer to do it ourselves 🙂
Would you like to come and do our bathroom next? Our guy (or rather “our” guy) just let us down after giving us a half-arsed quotation. Gah!
Poor Matilda, glad she’s OK but that must have been scary for you (and her). We can go in with pets now but all masked and with the pet and vet the other side of a screen so pretty difficult still.
Love the twinned shoes. My best friend and I are shoe twins (well, with one pair of mine, ha!) which is lovely somehow.
Haha, sure, Dustin is on his way to the UK 🙂
Home reno, fun!! We are supposed to be replacing our master bathroom shower this fall. Figured we might need something to do while getting used to our daughter being away at college! I look forward to seeing your construction progress.
I’m so glad Matilda is recovering. How scary!
What hydration vest do you have? I think this might be the year I finally get one.
Home reno is fun- when its done, ha!
I have the Camelpak Circuit 50 oz: https://www.camelbak.com/recreation/vests-and-waist-packs/run/CB-1843.html?dwvar_CB-1843_color=Aqua%20Sea%20Silver