Is anyone else feeling like it is still March? Between the weather and being home for two months straight I sort of feel like time is standing still. How is Memorial Day in a few weeks? Shouldn’t I be running in short and tanks tops every day now? Some years by this time I am already complaining about the heat and humidity. I might be enjoying this more if it didn’t mean I was stuck inside most days with a toddler because of all the rain and wind we have had! At this point I am desperate for spring running weather, and warmer/sunnier days.
Stay At Home Updates
As some states have started to ease their restrictions, things are pretty much status quo here. Our governor did start to allow some outdoor activities like golfing and camping this weekend. We are supposed to get an update this week to find out if we can move into Phase 1 of our recovery plan, which would ease some of the restrictions starting next week. We found out schools would be closed for the rest of the year (no surprise there) and now I am just wondering what will happen this summer and fall. It’s all such a waiting game.
I hate now knowing what I am doing in terms of running, but at this point I am not counting on doing any fall races. Even if they happen I have a feeling I would be too nervous to participate in a large event like that. So now I am just trying to decide how I want to structure my training. I am sort of leaning towards focusing on strength, then building mileage, then choosing a virtual race to do. I guess the nice thing is that I don’t need to put a timeline on any of that.
Weekly Run Down
Monday: Strength Training
Tuesday: 5 Miles + Core
Wednesday: 3 Miles + Strength Training
Thursday: 4 Stroller Miles
Friday: 4.5 Miles + Hip/Glute Exercises
Sunday: 6 Miles
Nothing too exciting happened this week in terms of my running. I didn’t do any virtual races or hard workouts. The weather wasn’t great so I kind of structured my outdoor runs around that.
On Friday I did sort of a fartlek run. I purposely ran on Friday to honor Ahmad Arbery, who I am sure you all know about by now. After a 1 mile warm up I ran 2.23 miles of 2 minutes hard/1 minutes easy, and a 1 mile cool down. I really didn’t do the workout hard because I was more focused on thinking about what happened. There are many things that I am nervous about when I go out to run, especially as a female runner. But I don’t know what it is like to have to fear for my safety due to the color of my skin. I have found it helpful to read all the posts over the past few days as I know I have a lot to learn about these issues. No one should go out for a run and not get to go home, but this situation goes much deeper than just running.
I was very disappointed to see that winter returned on Friday night and Saturday morning had a real feel of 29 degrees. (Can I just say again that I am desperate for spring running weather? I want to throw on shorts and a t-shirt and get nice and sweaty out on a run.) On Saturday I did yoga since I had already run 4 days in a row.
GPS Running Art
On Sunday it was once again chilly, with a real feel of 31 degrees. I was tempted to run on the treadmill but had planned to make some GPS art for a Brooks Running challenge. So I bundled up and got out there. The first few miles were really chilly. Initially I had planned on doing 8-9 miles. As I started I decided to do more like 4-5. In the end I settled on 6.
Here is the dinosaur I made with my GPS. I basically just looked at the routes I could run and tried to find a picture to draw. Grayson is obsessed with dinosaurs so maybe that’s why it caught my attention.
Anyway, I know there have been other years when it was cold, rainy, and windy all spring so I know this isn’t THAT unusual. The whole pandemic/quarantine situation just makes it that much worse. I know that soon enough we will be complaining about the heat.
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Are you desperate for spring running weather?
Did you run 2.23 miles for Ahmaud on Friday?
Every draw GPS running art?