RW Run Streak Week 2! (11/30 – 12/1/15)

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I’m not lying if I tell you that I never thought today would be my 11th day in a row running. 11 days! Before this the longest I had ever ran without a rest day was 6 days, and that was back in high school. I’m loving the run streak so far, although my IT band is bugging me a bit and yesterday was a sheer struggle to get my butt off my bed and just do it.

Monday (day 5): 1 mile. I went to the gym wanting to do 5, but I knew as soon as I stepped on the treadmill that 5 miles wasn’t going to happen with a tight IT band and calves. I ended up doing some strength work, went home to roll and called it a night.

Tuesday (day 6): 3 miles, 31:00. I’ve love to say this run felt better than the day before, but it didn’t. The gym felt so hot, and with long capris on I overheated real fast. I was really hoping to run outside on this day, but it poured a freezing cold rain all day long.

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How do I look almost happy in this? I felt like I just ran in the desert!

Wednesday (day 7): 3.5 miles w/ intervals. .5 WU, 6 X 400 (8:40 – 8:20 pace) w/ 400 recovery (10:20 pace). I felt so great during this run, aside from the last interval when my knee/IT Band had had it.

Thursday (day 8): 1 mile easy, 10:45. I was SO HAPPY to get outside, even though it was dark and a bit rainy. It was nice to scope out some Christmas lights in the neighborhood.

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When you can’t find your winter headband and find a Buff lying around, things are good (and WARM)

Friday (day 9): 4 miles: 2 miles easy (~10:00 pace), then some strides. I did 6 x 30seconds at a 8:10 pace with 1:30 recovery at 10:20 pace, finishing up with a half mile at a 10:00 pace. I loved the short fast strides until the end, where yet again, my IT band felt pretty bad.

Saturday (day 10): 1 mile easy, 11:30ish. I took this super easy on purpose and followed it with a nice, warm epsom salt bath to loosen things up a bit.

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Epsom salt baths are the bomb.com. The beer was a must.

Sunday (day 11): plan is 7 miles. I’ll stay in flat areas so keep my IT Band happy (uphills are fine, it’s the going down part that kills). It’s supposed to be beautiful out today, so it’s a perfect time for one last run by the lake.

Total miles: 20.5 <– a 20 mile week?! OH MY!

I’m looking forward to some reasonably warm outdoor afternoon runs this week, followed by a long weekend of running in Florida! I can’t wait to race in Orlando, which will be my 6th state. I’m not working towards any state goals, I just think it’s cool 😉

Weekly workouts 11/23 – 11/29/15 + some fun things!

It’s so fitting that today I’m posting my first workout recap in a while but yet we’re almost at the end of November. I haven’t gone so long without posting my runs since…well….when I wasn’t running. This is the first week in forever that I’ve ran more than 3 times, so I thought it would be bit more interesting for those of you that like these things. It also makes me feel like I actually accomplished something this week!

Monday: 8 mi, 1:23:04, 10:24 avg. Longest run since the BRF half-marathon and it felt great. I once again felt like I could have kept going. My left IT band was a little tight the next couple of days after.

Alone on the top level = selfie time.
Alone on the top level = selfie time.

Tuesday: “Ripped” class with my mom. It was a mix of zumba, kickboxing, and involved some weights. It was a lot of fun and I was pooped after. It helped to loosed up my leg/knee a bit!

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday – RW Run Streak Day 1: Turkey Trot! 3.1 mi + .4 mi cooldown. Turkey trot was done in 29.07. Slower than last year I think, but it was the best 5K I’ve ran so far this year. Didn’t walk, didn’t start out too fast, and I was able to kick it in at the end. I ran home as a cool down.

Apparently I run with my eyes closed
WHATTA GEM

Fun fact: this was my town’s second year doing the Turkey Trot, and they drew 175 people, 100 more than last year!

Friday – RW Run Streak Day 2: 3 miles in Vermont – SO SO HILLY, which made my IT Band flare up a bit. But I felt so energized for the rest of the day!

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Saturday – RW Run Streak Day 3: (mighty slow) mile. An easy 11:05 mile on the treadmill followed by some good stretching to loosen my legs up after spending the two previous days in the car

Sunday – RW Run Streak Day 4: Plan is 3 miles at an easy pace. I’ll probably stick to the treadmill as it usually feels better for me to run on the even surface when my IT Band flares up.

Weekly miles: 18.5 – highest in FOREVER and I love it!


Now for the fun stuff

I was so excited on Wednesday to be accepted to be a FitFluential ambassador! I’ve wanted to apply for a long time now, but I was sure I would be rejected. I was so surprised when I got the email!

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I’m back in fitbit land! My second Fitbit Flex died last September and I never replaced it. My mom just got a new one so I am forever borrowing her old one. If you have a Fitbit, add me as a friend!

 

Did you trot on Thanksgiving? 

Do you wear a fitness tracker?