James and I were doing a finger count tonight, and there are now 38 days until our next half-marathon in Lake Sammamish. Don’t know why we thought it was 6 weeks away; hence, the counting on our fingers. So today began the start of my next short and sweet training cycle. As I just did a half and don’t really have the time on the calendar, I won’t be cutting back in mileage much. My long runs for the next 4 weeks will be 8, 10, 12, 6, then 13.1. Hmmm, that’s kind of scary. But doable, especially as the weather is now cooperating and all the snow and ice has moved east (sorry East Coast). Once again, I can run outside! (Happy dance!)
Tonight was a scheduled 3 miles. However, I was feeling pretty good and decided to attempt Mo Fo Hill, my nemesis. What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. At least I got some major work in on improving my VO2 (major major). And just when my legs were feeling pretty good after my recent half, now my quads are screaming at me. No pain, no gain! (lovin’ those good old motivational mantras right now!)
I also really liked the workout that Alana had posted on Living Out Loud, so I wanted to give that a try after my run as well. A great workout! I had to forego a couple of things on her list because my legs just weren’t having it (like the sumo squats and jumping jacks), but it was a great way to kick-start some toning and strength training (as my quads were already screaming at me, they especially weren’t too impressed after the wall sits). So if you are in need of some toning, give one of Alana’s workouts a go! She has lots of different ones to try. Thanks Alana!
And the super good news is that I ordered a new pair of Brooks Glycerin’s 13, a full size larger this time (see, I really did learn my lesson). I will have them just in time for my 8 miles this Sunday! I’m so excited! Can’t wait! (You can read about my adoration of the Glycerin’s here.)
As well, it’s time to lose all that vacation weight! Have you ever noticed that most everything in Hawaii comes with a side of chips/crisps? So the dinner menu tonight consisted of spaghetti squash as the main course for Meatless Tuesday (it’s really supposed to be Meatless Monday, but… well… today is Tuesday).
And yes, according to my 5 running apps, the streaking continues…
Have a happy week! 😀
If you were to rule Mondays as meatless, what would you choose to serve?