A few ups and a few downs this week and I’m not talking about terrain. Monday I took as a rest day. I figured I deserved to treat my feet a little. And the fact that I finished work at 5 am and then had to be back at 3 pm left little time for a run.
I did some work on the treadmill seeing as how I haven’t gotten around to replacing my water bottle yet and with the heat, there was no way I was going to do anything without some kind of fluids. And maybe I’m being a bit of a diva, but I like having a strap around my hand so that I don’t have to actually grip a bottle. If I just took out a regular bottle of water, I’d be tensing which I’ve found leads to stiffness elsewhere. So suck it up and run inside.
After a rest on Thursday, I packed in a few big runs. Unfortunately my plans for a long run on Sunday went a little sideways. I went to the farmers market and took my dogs to a nice cafe for lunch. I thought I had left enough time to get a long run in before meeting a friend for a movie. Nope. So my big plan was to do two shorter runs. I got in a fast (for me) 10 km before but then a plate of nachos and pint of beer and long catch up after the movie killed that big plan. I made up for it on Monday let me tell ya.
Monday August 1 – rest
Tuesday August 2 – 5 km on treadmill with 1 minute intervals (30 minutes)
Wednesday August 3 – 10 km on treadmill (57:26 minutes)
Thursday August 4 – rest
Friday August 5 – 15 km (1:39.49)
Saturday August 6 – 20 km (2:21)
Sunday August 7 – 10 km (58.38)
Total Distance 60 km
On a side note, Sunday’s run was the first time I did 10 km in under an hour on the road in a very long time so I was very pleased with that. Still slower than I would like but it’s an improvement.
I didn’t realize that I hadn’t done any weights until later. I’m a little disappointed in myself for that but when I have a set amount of time and I have to choose to run or lift, at this stage of the game, run wins out every time.
Now on the food front. With the long hours, I had not had a chance to get to the grocery store so I was left to forage for myself. The best (or maybe worst) part about working in downtown Toronto is all of the food options available. I certainly made the most of those options. I was going to post pictures but I have a really bad habit of waiting until I’m starving before eating so when I finally do get my food, I tear through it and then go “maybe I should share this” but by that point it doesn’t quite look as appetizing; in fact it looks down right horrifying.
So instead, I took this picture partway through my 20 km run. This is a field near my house. I walk my dogs here during the day and was lucky to run through here at dusk.