This week I took advantage of running in the sunshine. We had gorgeous weather from Tuesday through Friday. The weekend was sunny too, just cooler. Other than running, we were outside a lot in general. It really made a difference this week and made me excited for spring and summer.
Weekly Run Down: Running in the Sunshine
Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: Strength Training + 4.7 Stroller Miles
Wednesday: 6 Miles with 5 hill repeats
Thursday: Strength Training + 4.3 Stroller Miles
Friday: 3.9 Stroller Miles + Core/Hips
Saturday: 10.1 Miles
Sunday: 3.7 Stroller Miles
As you can see a lot of stroller miles happened this week. My mom is away for 2 weeks so I am back to WFH every day for a bit. It really helps when we can get out for a few minutes to run in the mornings. It’s been really nice not having to pile on all the layers just to get out the door.
On Friday I was off from work so we hung around the house for a little bit in the morning and I did some foam rolling and core/hip exercises. Then we drove to a park to run and play on the playground. The running path is a loop of just under a mile, which passed the playground each time we ran it. Of course Grayson asked to go play each time we ran by!
It was really nice being able to run with the stroller on a path and to not have to deal with cars or sidewalks. There were quite a few other people out there walking, so it was a little annoying to pass people (and their dogs) with the strollers. It was a lot less hilly than my neighborhood which was really nice!
After our run Grayson got to play on the playground for awhile. It was a nice way to spend the morning outside. I hope we can do this more as the weather continues to get warmer. It just takes alot of time to pack everything up and drive somewhere to run. There’s no time to do it all in the mornings before work and I suspect it will get much more crowded as the weather improves and especially on weekends.
So many hills
Other than our adventure to the park. this week was filled with so many hills. When I was doing treadmill runs I was able to avoid hills if I wanted. But not outside. Instead of doing a speed workout this week I decided to do hill repeats. I found a hill that was about 1/10th of a mile and ran it 5 times. It was tough but a good way to get in a bit of a harder effort without doing intense speed work.
By the way, I have a few posts about hills coming up in a few weeks that I’ll be sharing on Wednesdays for the Runners’ Roundup!
Long Run Workout
On Saturday I ran 10 miles following a long run workout that I first did back in 2014! I came across this on my blog the other day and figured I would give it another try! I managed to run it faster than last time, even though my route this time was MUCH hiller.
The workout was a 2 mile warm up, 4 x 5 minutes tempo with 2 minute recovery, 7 minutes easy, 3 miles at MGP, 1 mile cool down.
One Year Since The World Changed
Can you believe it’s been one year since the world changed? At this time last year we were still hopeful about our 2020 races and thought the shutdown might just be for 2 weeks. It feels like so much has changed in a year but also time has just stood still. I just hope that in a year from now we will be in a much better place, back to racing and seeing all our family and friends, and acknowledging how much the world has changed (for the better) in a year.
Will there be more running in the sunshine?
I’m not too excited about the forecast for next week. It looks like the high most days will be in the 50s and we will have a few days of rain. It’s reminded me of last year when we had a few nice days and then it was rainy and cool until May! I hope that’s not the case this year.
Were you running in the sunshine this week?
Do you ever run hill repeats?
Are you expecting warmer weather or a cooler spring?