Lately it’s all about the little things that help us to get through each week. I find that I often times need to distract myself from everything that is going on. Of course running is one way that I cope, and that can either serve as a distraction or a time to process everything. Other little things can be helpful too. This week I felt like I was running on coffee, wine, and sunshine.
Thank goodness for sunshine. And warmer spring weather. We were able to get outside almost every day this week for a walk or to play on the deck. Grayson tolerates the walks (he doesn’t like being stuck in the stroller) but I think it’s good for us to get away from the house. We do a lap around our neighborhood and it takes about 20-30 minutes. We get out early enough that not many people are out. The weekends are trickier because there are TONS of people outside playing, walking and riding bikes. I know we all need our fresh air, but it makes social distancing trickier.
Right now I am slightly jealous of people who have said they are bored during this whole ordeal. I know we are all in different situations and I am grateful for having a job and being able to stay home with my son. But trying to juggle it all is exhausting. That’s why I am running on coffee and wine these days.
Ok, so now for the weekly run down!
Monday: Mobility, Strength, and 2 Mile Treadmill Run
Wednesday: Strength Training + Foam Rolling
Thursday: 5 Miles
Friday: 4 Miles (with a few hard intervals) on the Treadmill + Core
Saturday: 5 Mile Progression Run (AM) + 1 Mile Treadmill Run (PM) +Hip Exercises
Sunday: 10 Miles
I added in a short 2 mile run on Monday after my strength workout (on the treadmill) so at least I got to start out the week with a run. On Friday I also ran on the treadmill because it was super windy out. I was planning to run outside until I heard the crazy winds that woke me up. I switched up my plans and headed to the basement to get in my run.
Thursday’s outdoor run was great (other than my sore legs, which I will talk about in a minute). It was 50 degrees with no wind. I hadn’t run outside since Sunday so I felt like I really needed this.
On Saturday Rob was once again planning to go to the store at 6, so I needed to be around to get Grayson when he woke up. I didn’t want to run later in the day because I prefer to not really see people out on my run. So I did 5 progression miles, starting at 10 minutes/mile and increasing my pace by 30 seconds so my last mile was 8 minutes/mile. Then later that day I was tagged on Instagram to “See a mile, do a mile” so I hopped on my treadmill during nap time. I also figured it was a good time to get some hip exercises done.
On Sunday I ran early once again, but I didn’t have to be back by 6. I still wanted to avoid the more crowded sidewalks. I got to see the sunrise which is always a plus.
This week I increased my weights and I was left feeling sore for days after my Wednesday workout! Most likely it was from goblet squats. I like when my glutes get sore because it means that I was using them but it makes running a bit uncomfortable! Luckily I didn’t have any hard workouts or races on the plan for this week because that would have been really challenging.
On Tuesday I ended up doing some yoga because I knew I needed a rest day from running but wanted to do something. I followed a Yoga for Runners workout from Yoga with Adrienne and it was just what I needed. Afterwards I also did a quick core routine. Here are the videos I followed:
It was a week of running on coffee, wine, and sunshine, but we survived another week. And hopefully we will turn a corner soon and start to have some timelines to returning to a somewhat normal lifestyle. You have to at least hope so, right?
Who else is running on coffee, wine, and sunshine these days?
How were your workouts this week?
Do you avoid running in the wind?