Mile Markers: Return to Base

Mile Markers: Life in Running and Hiking for June 27- July 3

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. 

Mile Markers: Life in Running and Hiking for June 27- July 3

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

Mile Markers: Life in Running and Hiking for June 27- July 3

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.

Mile Markers: Life in Running and Hiking for June 27- July 3

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? 

Mile Markers: Life in Running and Hiking for June 27- July 3

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. 

Mile Markers: Life in Running and Hiking for June 27- July 3

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. 

Mile Markers: Life in Running and Hiking for June 27- July 3

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?

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21 Responses

  1. Wow! What an intense weekly workout. I have a friend who is 80 and he still does half marathons. He is an ultra runner (100 mile endurance run finisher), and does triathlons, too. I’m always amazed at how strong and fit he is.

    That veggie burger looks great, and I love the combination of ingredients. If you figure it out and post a recipe, I will be very grateful.

    1. Thank you! That’s awesome about your friend who still does ultras at 80 – that’s the type of running I strive for, to still be running when I’m older. Hopefully I can figure out a good recipe – and I will share it when I do! 🙂

  2. I could live on roasted veggie salads every day too! looks so good. and I am on a major veggie burger kick. I have so many recipes for them yet I prefer when they are made for me lol. maybe we both should experiment with them though and see if we can recreate a terrific one!

    1. They’re so freaking good! The grilled veggies give a comfort food feel to salad. I agree with veggie burgers – they are so good when someone else makes them and I love it when a restaurant has a good one! I think our experimenting idea is a great idea!!

  3. Sounds like a great week of workouts and the perfect way to spend the weekend! Ours was pretty low key too, and the weather wasn’t great after Saturday. Nice job getting your mileage back up post-injury!

  4. I tried to catch as much of the track and field as I could, but I’m going to have to do some catch up watching today (we were out with Alex’s family). Alex had his longest run to date as well! We are gearing up for that race I hinted at on Friday, and I finally feel like he has the confidence to go for it. Yayayayay for the hamstring feeling better! And sometimes you need a staycation, let’s be honest. I need one after this weekend!

    1. Congrats to Alex! I’m excited to hear what race you two decide to do together. A staycation is definitely needed from time to time – especially one that involves lots of good food 🙂

  5. I have been watching the trials including last night’s women’s 800m finals… what a heartbreaker for Montano and Martinez! I was happy that Kate Grace won, at least.

    You had a great week of running a workouts- so promising to see you coming back mileage wise and feeling good. We also grilled for the 4th and I love grilled veggies and most any kind of salad (I like cold foods in the summer).

    1. Oh I know! Montano got the short end of the stick in that race. And thank you! It sounds like you had a fun fourth as well, grilling is always a good time!

  6. I love roasted veggies! I had a nice Saturday morning 5 mile run–I’m still working on building up my base. I’ve started doing Pure Barre classes and love it, it’s such a great supplement to running!

  7. I am SO GLAD to come home and read that your hamstring and foot are all better and that you’re able to run again! And great job to Ryan on his running as well! This makes me so happy. I just bought a stability ball yesterday so that link you posted will come in handy today.

    1. Suzy I missed you! Thank you – yeah I think I was just being hypersensitive. No issue after a week off, go figure. And thank you, I told Ryan that you said that! You should definitely try that stability ball workout. I did it this evening. It’s quick, simple, and effective (burns so good).

  8. The roasted veggies look awesome! Congrats on getting a solid week of runs back in, too. I am always so nervous after an injury but it sounds like you are bouncing back very quickly. The Olympic trials were so much fun to watch, weren’t they?!

    1. Thank you! I’m nervous after injury also which is why I think I freaked out so much about a mild hamstring ache – worried about getting injured again. The Olympic Trials were so fun to watch, especially the 10000!

  9. Your KT tape is on the exact spot where I had that weird pain last week! This is the first time I’ve dealt with a hamstring issue. It seems fine now, thankfully. I’m glad yours is no longer troubling you. I like that bracelet — both the style and the message. We had a very low key 4th after a busy Saturday and Sunday. It was nice to chill for the last day of the long weekend. Thanks for linking, Laura!

    1. Oh that is such a coincidence! I’m glad your hamstring is feeling better now as well. You should definitely purchase one of the bracelets – they’re so comfortable, beautiful, and support an incredible organization. Thank you for hosting!

  10. Wow that veggie burger does not look like a veggie burger at all! Man it looks delicious!
    I was happy I got in a 5 miler along the beach last week! I haven’t done more that 4 in quite awhile so I jumped on the opportunity for new scenery to get it in!

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