It’s that time of year when I start to actually feel ready for fall to arrive. Our weather has gone back and forth, with a few cooler day here and here in between some warm and humid days. This week was no different, but it did remind me that fall is almost in the air. For the first time in months I saw a temperature starting with a 5 when I checked my weather app on Sunday morning! (It was 59 degrees, but with 93% humidity.)
We had a lot more going on this week than usual. It was Labor Day on Monday, Rob took the whole week off from work, and my mom came over a bit to help out too. I actually got to get my work done during the day! It was a good thing I had so much help because it was also the first week of virtual learning and I had tons of meetings. (With coworkers, I generally don’t meet with students.) Overall it seemed like the first week went well. Or as good as could be expected in these circumstances.
Let’s go over last week’s workouts and then break down the week a little more.
Weekly Run Down: Fall Is Almost In the Air
Monday: Strength Training + 4 Stroller Miles
Tuesday: 6.2 Mile Progression Run + Core/Glute Exercises
Wednesday: Strength Training + 3.7 Stroller Miles
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: 10 Treadmill Miles
Saturday: 4.2 Stroller Miles + Core/Glute Exercises
Sunday: 5 Miles + Core/Mobility
Total: 33.1 Miles
Last weekend I asked Rob what days he wanted to run with us this week. (He generally only runs when we go together, so I wanted to make sure he could take advantage of his time off and get in some runs.) He said Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. So I planned my runs around that.
On Tuesday I ran a progression run that ranged from 9:20-7:30 minutes/mile. I wanted to get in a harder effort workout (I have a 10k in a few weeks) but I also didn’t want to push too hard because I had done a half-marathon at a moderate effort 3 days earlier.
The weather was pretty good for this run. When I walked outside it felt perfect for running, but once I was a few miles in I started to feel warm. Much better than what I am used to though!
Treadmill Long Run
I ran my 10 mile long run on the treadmill on Friday morning. I chose to do this on Friday because Rob wanted to do a stroller run on Saturday. Plus, I like getting it done early in the weekend and with him home I didn’t have to be done as early in the morning as I usually do during the week.
It was 74 degrees with 97% humidity, and I just couldn’t bring myself to do this outside. I took advantage of having a treadmill fan blowing on me during the run, even though it was pretty warm in my basement. It’s been a long time since I ran on the treadmill and this was kind of a struggle.
Going out into the “real world”
We have been very, very cautious about going anywhere over the last few months, even after things started opening up again. I could count on one hand the times I have driven since March. (2 pediatrician appointments, a drop-off at a Fed-Ex box, and a prescription pick-up at Walgreens.) On Friday we decided to drive to a park that is about 10 minutes away that has a playground. Our hope was that during the week and now that kids have school again that it wouldn’t be crowded. We were wrong. There were lots of people out walking, running, and using the playground.
There was a section of the playground for younger kids and we put Grayson on the slide a few times but he wasn’t really into it. We walked around and he had fun just running and picking up leaves. We could have done that in our neighborhood, but at least he got to go somewhere different and see some other kids around.
Visiting my Parents
We also went to my parents’ house this weekend for the first time since last fall. They live about 40 minutes away and we haven’t seen my dad since before the pandemic hit. As I said, we really haven’t drive anywhere in a long time. Unfortunately about 30 minutes into our drive there Grayson got car sick. It was the first time he’s ever thrown up (not just like spit up milk) and not only did it upset him pretty bad, it was also a huge mess and smelled pretty awful for the rest of our drive there and the drive home. But he did have a great time while we were actually there, and I think he forgot about the whole incident pretty quickly!
I cut my own hair!
My last haircut was in May of 2019, but I didn’t want to go to a salon. I wear my hair up every day so it just doesn’t seem worth it. I also don’t have a “regular” place that I was going to before the pandemic. My coworker sent me this video that I followed. It didn’t really work for my hair because the back layers are too short I guess so it only really cut the front part. I did feel like it freshened it up just enough and will hopefully get me through until whatever point I’m ready to find a professional to do it.
Wow, this seems like a much more eventful week than usual now that I wrote it all out!
Do you feel like fall is almost in the air?
Do you ever move around your running schedule for someone else?
Have you found that public places are more crowded than you would expect during the week?