First of all, channeling my inner crazy cat lady to wish my favorite orange tabby a happy 10th birthday today…
Yes, I know his birthday. 🙂 He was born on 06/06/06… so that’s not an easy number to forget! He’s probably spending it the way a cat would love to spend his birthday, without his human bothering him so he can sleep as much as he wants.
This weekend was a whirlwind, mostly because I was in Tampa for work and spent the majority of time working. I did find some time to meet up with Jesica, from rUnladylike, a fellow RunHappy Ambassador for Brooks.
That’s one of the things that I love about blogging —> it opens up your world so you it’s so easy to find runners in other cities, no matter where you may go. When you’re in a new location, there’s nothing better than finding a local to help you find the best places to run. 🙂
I can’t believe that Grandma’s Marathon is under TWO weeks away! Whenever I start marathon training, it always seems like marathon day is forever away and before you know it, you’re stressing about the weather and planning out your race day outfit. We won’t talk about the weather because right now, I’m not friends with Mother Nature based on what the predictions look like (why does she hate marathons so much?!).
A look at last week’s workouts…
20 miles! I talked about this in last week’s post, so for the details, check it out there! Bottom line: my calf stopped hurting and it was a really good run despite forgetting my Honey Stinger gel and pre-fueling with some Twizzlers.
My sister and brother-in-law decided they wanted to go on a biking adventure… 26 miles to be exact. I haven’t biked that long ever in my life and my quads were a little angry, but now I must admit that I have a little bit of the itch to get in the cycling game. We did the ride on mountain bikes and it was a good workout. Definitely different than running, but in a good way. If anyone has recs for bikes to look at… 🙂
I got home late from WI on Monday night and got up early for an easy five miles. My legs were happy to move a little slower, but my body was not happy to be back in the heat and humidity that is Austin this time of year. P.S. I LOVE this tank — the Ghost Racerback — from Brooks. I’m not the type to run in just my sports bra, and I love that this gives me the coverage I want without adding an extra heavy layer to sweat through. It’s super thin material and perfect for those super hot runs!
In honor of Global Running Day, I hit a track workout for just over three miles. It was WEIRD to run that short since the past few weeks, my track workouts have been well over five miles. I’ll take it though!
It felt so good to have my mid-distance long run day only be 8 miles. And, as it’s been for a chunk of this training cycle, it was run in the pouring rain. At least if Mother Nature continues to hate, I’ll be ready to run hard in the rain… I’ve definitely trained for that this training cycle.
I hit up OTF before I left town for Tampa, and since it’s been awhile since I’ve gone, my body was a little like WTF are you doing to me. It was a really good workout and made me excited to get back in the swing of it (if I can ever stop leaving for work/personal trips, ha).
I met up with Jesica and we did an easy 3.5-ish miles in her neighborhood and continued on to breakfast. And somehow we managed to meet each other wearing the same tank, different color… great minds! I don’t think I would have ever checked out the area that we ran in, so it made me really happy to see a non-tourist area of Tampa and get a sense of what people that live here love so much.
Total: 39.5 miles!
Great first week of taper, if you can ever put “great” and “taper” in the same sentence (yes, I’m bitter about it… haha). Just 12 MORE DAYS until Grandma’s! Let’s do this!!
What was the best part of your weekend?
Cyclists —> any recommendations for bikes?
Do you try new running routes when you travel?
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