Hello everyone! I’m here with my weekly recap of fitness & fitness fashion!
There wasn’t a ton of fitness this week, as it was a recovery week after the Fargo marathon last weekend. If you missed my race recap, be sure to read it HERE. It was a great marathon!
Now, it’s on to training for the next state! I’m running the Route 66 marathon in Tulsa, Oklahoma on November 21st, just 7 weeks away! For purposes of my recaps, I’m going to refer to it as the Oklahoma marathon, as I’m running it in my quest to run a marathon in every state. Check out which states I’ve run HERE.
Now, onto the weekly recap!
Monday: No running yet, even though the legs were feeling good. Instead, I took Ruth and Matilda (my vizslas) for a 4-mile walk after work. That’s a long walk for Matilda (the senior) but she did great and seemed to want to keep going for longer.
These dogs are the best. 🙂
After the walk, I did a strength for runners class on the Peloton app and a core class- I was curious what the “advanced core” would be like; there are actually only a handful of advanced core classes on the app. The one I selected was challenging in the complexity of the moves, but it didn’t leave my abs sore afterwards, so maybe I wasn’t doing it right…I might stick to other core classes instead.
Tuesday: I decided to venture out for a short run with Ruth to see how my legs felt, just 3 miles, 8:55 min/mile pace, 20 minute strength for runners & 20 minute core on the Peloton app.
Wednesday: Another short Ruth run, 3.1 miles, 8:52 min/mile. I ran into my friend Laura who is about 33 weeks pregnant, and she is still running strong and kept up with me just fine for a mile or so before we split ways!.
Thursday: I took a 30 minute HIIT class with a coworker who led a class for a charity work event, followed by a quick Ruth run, 3 miles, 8:55 min/mile.
I guess that three miles was the distance for the week post-marathon! Just enough to stay loose and break a sweat (especially since its very humid and warm in Minneapolis for October! Doesn’t bode well for the Twin Cities Marathon this weekend, which is almost always perfect weather…)
After work, I did a quick 20-minute strength for runners class with Matt Wilpers on the Peloton app.
Friday: I joined two friends for their 3-mile shakeout run before racing the TC10k on Saturday (part of the Twin Cities Marathon weekend events.)
3 miles, 9:40 min/mile pace, nice and easy. We enjoyed a lovely sunrise on Lake Harriet!
I found out that I will officially returning to the office on Monday, October 25th; only 3 weeks left of paradise. 🙂 With that news, I got caught up in a massive closet clean-out Friday evening. It’s going to be a tough transition back to dressing up every day. I wanted to see what still fits and what is no longer “the right fit” for me. I had good luck earlier in the pandemic with selling clothes on ThredUP so I’m filling up a few boxes again now with clothes that just aren’t my style anymore 1.5 years later. Anyone else feel like their style has changed over the pandemic? I don’t want to wear any form-fitting dresses, skirts, or tight pants…I want to stay as comfortable as possible while still adhering to ‘business casual” (I’d say my office is a bit more on the business professional side too.)
Saturday: Still just a week out from Fargo, my coach said no more than an hour of running, so Ruth and I did 6.5 miles, 8:34 min/mile average. Only 55 minutes, coach! I ran into my friend Laura (the pregnant one) again and we enjoyed a few miles together again! She is usually quite speedy, but I can keep up with her when she’s 33 weeks pregnant, ha!
I followed that up with a 20-minute strength for runners class with Matt Wilpers and a 20-minute core class.
Later that afternoon, Dustin and I met up with a few friends at Steel Toe Brewery in St. Louis Park for a pint to celebrate one of their first ever half marathons! This friend only got into running during the pandemic and has now covered 13.1 miles. So cool.
Saturday night, my friend Vicki had a dinner party on her new beautiful deck/gazebo. It was a slightly cooler evening, perfect for my new OPE Running sweatshirt! It’s so soft too. They only made 40 or so and sold them at a the TCM expo, so unfortunately no more are available. So happy my friend Paige snagged one for me! I love it. Thanks again Paige!
Sunday: Twin Cities Marathon day! We live close to about mile 5 on the course, so Dustin, Ruth, and I ran 4 miles first and then stoped at mile 5 to cheer. We had to run a little faster to be in place in time to see the runners: 4 miles, 8:10 min/mile average.
After cheering at mile 5 for a bit, we quickly showered and went to join the Oiselle Volee at mile 22 on Summit Avenue to cheer some more. It turned out to be a beautiful day, particularly for spectating.
We brought Ruth along and she got a ton of attention from other spectators AND people running the marathon. I know I love to see dogs along the course (such a nice distraction) so she did her part at Twin Cities this year!
I coach two women who ran the full today; they both did amazing! One of them set a 26 minute PR. So happy for her!
Summary: Just 23 miles of running. Lowest mileage week in a long time! Several random Peloton strength classes and the HIIT class for work.
I’m excited to get back into training next week to prep for Oklahoma in 7 weeks. I’ve learned from Kim and Lisa that I need to do some hill training for that marathon; who would have guessed that Oklahoma was really hilly? I guess when I think “Oklahoma”, I assume flat. Not so much, apparently!
Anyways, I’m linking up with Running on the Fly and Confessions of a Mother Runner as part of their Weekly Rundown. Check it out!
Nice week of recovery! I love seeing you take it easy. So many runners don’t. I think you’ll do great at Route 66, but I do remember hearing about the hills from several friends who’ve run it.
We’ve been in the office all year, but I stopped my StitchFix last year and am definitely dressing down. We don’t really have a dress code but we are supposed to look professional. Not sure how to define that anymore!
People’s view on hilly varies so much! Some say the Twin Cities Marathon is hilly, but I don’t think it is…but I will expect the worst at Route 66, ha!
Glad you’re feeling good! I’d love to go back to Tulsa someday. Maybe I could do the 13.1 for something different (?). I’ve been at the office through the entire pandemic (except for two weeks of quarantining), but my closet needs major weeding out…thnx for the inspiration:-)
A good closet clean-out feels amazing!
glad to see you taking your recovery so seriously. I am sure it will pay off and keep you injury free.Have a great week ahead
Thanks Deborah, I hope so!
What a nice week! Lots of easy runs and relaxing- glad you got a week to just celebrate your marathon before training for the next one.
I like those 20 minutes SFR classes on Peloton- they’re effective, but not so intense that you’re horribly sore the next day.
I love how it’s starting to look like fall where you are- and that sunrise picture is beautiful!
Thanks Jenny! I agree, though occasionally there’s a strength for runners class that leaves me sore, ha! But generally not 🙂
Oh I well remember that stretch of the marathon course at mile 22! Beautiful homes and I loved the spectators there but it was tough going for me at that point! I’m sure Ruth uplifted many weary runners! Hooray for Route 66! I’ve heard that’s a toughie but nothing you can’t handle!
Yes!!! Summit Avenue on the TCM course is gorgeous but a tough little stretch, but so many fans cheering to make it better, including Ruthie! Ha!
Looks like a great recovery week! Its so hard transitioning back to the office. I have definitely been more comfortable than before, although over the summer I did wear dresses quite a bit because those were better than pants with buttons! Definitely get in some hills before Tulsa! But its a fun race, especially now as I am comparing it to the marathon I just ran.
Good point! Summer dresses are better than pants!
I’m glad you have good memories of Route 66!
Sounds like a great recovery week—and perfect timing on the marathon to cheer on, since you didn’t have a long run yourself. 😉
Our office has reduced our dress code to lure us back. We are now “dress for your day” which means you can dress casual as long as you don’t have client meetings — but, alas, they still say “no workout clothes,” which I think is unfair because that IS my day!
Ha! I am struggling with shoes too. I don’t want to wear uncomfortable shoes again!
I always assumed Oklahoma was hilly, but being from Florida I kind of assume everywhere outside of the coast is hilly! Congrats to your runner on her PR! I’ve heard the Twin Cities is a great marathon and I’d love to make it over there someday.
Ha! I need to run a nice flat Florida race!!
And YES the Twin Cities Marathon is an incredible marathon!!
Your recovery week sounds nice and it’s great that you were able to run over to cheer on the marathoners for a little while. Ruth is such a sweetie to do her point! 😉
Ruth is a sweetie. Just keeping the marathoners happy!
Sounds like you took care of your body great post marathon!
Lola was still going at 15 right up until that very last week — which was “nice” compared to all the elderly pets I’ve had who had long, slow, intense declines.
How fun to be able to cheer for 2 stops at the marathon & congrats to your runner with the 26 min PR — wow!
Thanks Judy! I’m glad Tilda is still pretty active for a 12 year. Definitely not the same energy as a 2 year puppy though, ha!
Congratulations on the recovery week. So glad Matilda could get out there with you and love Ruth’s spectating facial expressions.
Route 66 sounds like a fun one. I don’t officilly have a race in every state goal, but I think I’d put that on my OK list if I did — love the history of route 66.
I have to do some research on it! I am not that familiar.
Happy to see that you had a nice recovery week!
Bummer about the return to office 🙁 It would have been nice to offer the option to go hybrid, instead of all 5 days back in the office. I no longer have an office style since I now permanently work from home, so I’m all about leggings and joggers, with really nice shirt or sweaters lol. I will most likely go through my closet in a few weeks to pull out some items to donate to Dress for Success
I’m jealous of leggings and joggers all day every day! Donating to Dress for Success is a fabulous idea. Thanks Kim!
Wow, you’re a marathon machine! Great work recovering though. I love seeing dogs when I run or race, especially breeds matching my friends’ ones!
I am making up for lost time in 2020 with my 50 state goal!
Looks like a great recovery week! I think I missed that you are planning to run Rte 66 – how exciting!
Yep! Have you done that one?
I am so jealous of quickly you bounce back from marathons! Not fair!!
I’m not sure I am racing or pushing myself the same way most people do for one -two marathons a year- and I think this past week was pretty light!?!
The main reason I get out of bed in the morning is the hope that I might see dogs. I would have stopped to pet Ruth (and probably would have abandoned the race entirely).
Your recovery seems like it was very productive and you will do so well in Oklahoma.