Hi everyone! How was your holiday weekend?
Ryan and I ended up taking a staycation for the Fourth of July. We didn’t even go hiking on the Fourth, since the weather in the mountains was rainy and chilly – not the sunny weather the forecast had promised we would enjoy for the holiday weekend. Instead, we went for runs, drank some good craft beer, and watched movies (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a must-see!).
Monday: 25 minutes Pilates
Since I ran 6 days last week, I decided to take Monday as a rest day from running. Monday was a busy day: I drove my mom and sister to the airport, ran errands, and caught up on work.
Since the weather was pleasant, we took advantage of it and grilled chicken and vegetables for large dinner salads. I could eat a salad every single day in summer and grilled vegetables make them even more delicious.
Tuesday: 5 miles easy; PM: 15 minutes Pilates
Jesica (rUnladylike) sent me this inspiring Endorphin Warriors bracelet as part of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Live Unlimited campaign (thanks Jesica!). I love the message “live unlimited” because no one defines my limits in running besides myself. Running is a gift, and letting fear or self-imposed limits control what I can accomplish in my running wastes that gift. You can get your own bracelet and help support the MDA here!
Wednesday: 7 miles hilly; PM: 30 minutes strength training
I explored some new segments of a nearby trail on this run, which always makes a run extra fun. That evening, I lifted some heavier weights to focus on total body strength, especially back, core, and glutes, and running form drills including high knees, butt kicks, skips, and carioca.
Thursday: 5 miles easy; 30 minutes strength training
I ran 4 slow, easy miles before heading home to run Charlie for 1 mile. And just like me, we finished the mile and Charlie looked up at me like, why are we stopping now?
My hamstring is feeling completely better, to the point that I even forgot I still had KT tape on my leg until I took this photo. Oops!
For strength training I did some squats, pushups, bridges, clamshells, and planks plus this stability ball workout.
Friday: 8 miles at moderate effort
One of my current goals is to improve my running form, so I focused on my form throughout this entire run: driving from the glutes and hips, focusing on kicking back rather than striding forward, and keeping my arm swing strong and controlled near the torso rather than in front of my body. I was genuinely surprised at how comfortable I ticked off the miles. After the first warm up mile, I held onto an average of 8:08/mile average pace.
Saturday: 10 minute Pilates
We considered backpacking or going to California, but ultimately we decided to stay home, relax, and avoid the crowds. The most exercise I did was 10 minutes of Pilates to stretch out and work on my core strength before watching the Olympic 10K trials.
We took advantage of the three day weekend to have just a fun, lazy day. We saw Independence Day: Resurgence and after church we grabbed dinner and a couple beers at our favorite brewpub. It’s fun (and healthy, in my opinion) to enjoy some good food and drink before focusing more on nutrition once marathon training begins next month. I had one of the best veggie burgers: quinoa, sweet potato, black-eyed peas, and kale. I need to figure out how to make my own version of this burger, because it was spicy, savory, and not-crumbly. Oh, and we try the best gin ever from the distillery.
Sunday: 8 miles hilly
Ryan ran his longest run to date! We had perfect running weather – mid-50s and overcast – and so we ran 8 miles on my favorite trail in Bothell. It lightly drizzled for part of the run, but I don’t mind that weather for running since it feels so cool and refreshing but I’m moving enough where the rain isn’t chilling or soaking.
33 miles run – my highest weekly mileage since I sprained my foot! The more I return back to my previous base, the better running feels.
Linking up with Weekly Wrap!
Did you watch any of the track and field Olympic trials? What’s your favorite event?
How did you celebrate the holiday weekend?
What was your favorite run from last week?