I had planned for this to be a cut-back week, and the timing couldn’t have worked out better. The weather was just relentless and it was hard to get in a lot of miles, especially with the stroller. Overall it was a stressful week so it was nice to not really think too much about running. Even walking was tough in the heat, especially because our afternoon walks usually happen around 2-3 pm. I did get in a virtual stroller race on Monday which I will talk about later in the post. First, let’s wrap up the Race Across Maryland Week 4.
Weekly Run Down
Monday: 3.85 Stroller Miles (including 5k) + Core Work + 1.8 Mile Walk
Tuesday: Rest Day + 3.5 Mile Walk
Wednesday: Strength Training + 3.7 Stroller Miles + 1 Mile Walk
Thursday: 3.7 Stroller Miles + Hip/Glute Exercises + 1.8 Mile Walk
Friday: Strength Training + 3.5 Stroller Miles + 1.8 Mile Walk
Saturday: 8 Miles with 5 x 800m repeats + .5 Mile Walk
Sunday: 3.5 Stroller Miles + 1.2 Mile Walk
Weekly Run Miles: 26.25
Weekly Walk Miles: 11.6
Total Race Across MD Miles: 166/250
Run Happy Family Virtual Stroller Run
I joined this free virtual stroller run with some other runners on Instagram which sounded like a fun challenge. I never run hard with the stroller so I had no idea what I could do. It didn’t help that every day this week the temps were in the mid-70s (at their lowest) with humidity in the mid 90s. It didn’t seem like one day would be better than any others, so I ran this on Monday.
My pace for the 5k portion ended up being 8:14, which I was pretty happy with. I rarely run under 9 minute miles with the stroller and the heat was definitely a factor. Also, the area where I run has no shade and lots of little (or big) hills and turns. Especially at the later time of day (7am) there are more cars out and we avoid busy roads. So there were literally times where I would run down a street and then do a complete 180 to turn around. Doing this with the stroller is not easy and definitely adds on some time.
In preparation for a 1 mile race, I’ve been trying to do speedwork once a week. I decided to do it on Saturday of this week to give myself plenty of time to recover after my stroller race. With this being a cut-back week, I was only planning to do around 8 miles anyway so I figured I would build the speed work into my workout. I ran a 2 mile warm up, then 5 x 800s with 2:30 recovery intervals, and a 2+ mile cool down until I reached 8 miles.
Even though I did this run early, I think the humidity felt worse than it did the rest of the week and the dew point was 71. I adjusted my workout goals and decided to run mostly by effort, but I also wanted to run negative splits so I figured I would start on the slower end and aim to get faster with each repeat. The good news is that I think doing these repeats helped the long run go by faster. The bad news is that it was hard!
During the end of my run all I could think about was ice cold drinks. I decided I needed to make Sangria, so this happened a few hours later.
Getting a New Phone
My Monday morning was off to a great start last week when my phone decided to stop working. The battery was not staying charged (even though the “battery health” was good), certain apps wouldn’t open, my E-mail wasn’t pushing through unless I restarted my phone. I had issues with phone calls and text messages too. This was a really annoying problem to have when working from home with a toddler! I do lots of E-mails on my phone because it’s easier than always having my laptop in front of me.
Long story short, I got a new phone on Wednesday afternoon. I had some issues getting it set up, but by Thursday night I was in good shape. This whole experience made me realize just how much I rely on my phone! Also, it’s kind of stressful to not have a landline and be home all day not knowing if you could make a call if there was an emergency.
We have a climber
Ok, so we have had a climber for a while now but this week was pretty intense. In our family room area we have the entrance gated off so its supposed to be a safe area where he can play and I can walk into the kitchen for a second if I need to (I can see the family room from there) and not worry that he will get into trouble. Well this week all he wanted to do was climb on the couches. Once up there he would jump and roll around. He reaches for all the cords and electronics that are on tables that were once out of his reach. We had to clear off our sofa table behind our big couch because he was grabbing everything on it. I literally need to be next to him all the time with one hand ready to catch him when he jumps the wrong way. It’s been exhausting and I hope this phase passes quickly! Oh and let’s not even talk about his sleep. I’m blaming the 18 month sleep regression and I’m ready for it to be over!
So that’s what’s been going on around here this week. Lots of stroller runs, lots of heat/humidity, and just trying to take care of a wild toddler while working from home!
How were your workouts last week?
Ever run a race (real or virtual) with a stroller?
Do you rely on your cell phone a lot throughout the day?