Week 5 of 16 Recap — July 31 through August 6

British Columbia is on fire right now… literally… and the smoke has made its way down to Seattle and across Washington state.  God bless all those firefighters and everyone affected. The fires have made air quality very poor here, so training this past week had to be done indoors.  Sunday the wind picked up and started to move some of it out, so we managed a nice long run outdoors.

Monday:  3 miles.

A picture of Meeps… because treadmills are borrring.

Tuesday:  4 miles.  The boys finally came home from their trip to Idaho.  So endeth my girl time.

Wednesday:  Cross train.  (yeah, right… the boys just got home)

Thursday: 4 miles.  Is anyone catching that my mileage is a bit lower than it should be?  I hate the treadmill.  Not a good excuse, but the truth nonetheless.

Friday:  3 miles.  By now I was so sick of the treadmill, I really didn’t care.  Okay… bad attitude. Whatever.

I know of a lady who runs 14 miles on the treadmill every other day… no more, no less… every, other, day.  Never outside.  Treadmill only.  It blows my mind.

Saturday:  Rest day.

Sunday:  12 miles.  This was a great day out.  James and I headed south to Green Lake in Seattle to run laps around the lake.  It was fabulous.

It’s about a 3-mile loop, tons of people, and mostly flat.  Lots and lots of normal potties… a runner’s dream (actually, this runner’s dream).

I love my geese.

Weekly Total:  26 miles/41.84 km

Total Plan Mileage So Far:  114 miles/183.5 km

Bonus Notes!

The lake we were running around, Green Lake, just so happens to be within walking distance to Road Runner Sports, a fabulous store that specializes in running shoes.  My Brooks Glycerin 14’s are kind of past their sell-by date, having carried me through practically every race in 2016 (well, 8 of the 9 races), not to mention I ran my last half-marathon in June in them… so, yeah, well past their sell-by date.

My Brooks Glycerin… the 2nd pair I’ve retired since I started blogging.

Anyway, after we were finished with our runs, we made our way over to the shoe store, and guess what?!  Yes!!  New shoes!!  I have stepped outside my comfort zone of Brooks (tried and true) to the Hoka One One Clifton!  I tried them out on the treadmill at Road Runner and it was like running on air!  I’m absolutely thrilled and can’t wait to hit the trail in them.  Thank you, Donna, for helping me to realize it was time!

Hoka One One Cliftons

76 more days until Marine Corps, may the Good Lord have mercy on my soul.

Have a great week ya’all!

48 thoughts on “Week 5 of 16 Recap — July 31 through August 6

  1. CeeJayKay

    YES!!!! I was a Brooks (Adrenaline) girl… then i discovered Hoka… CHANGED my life they did! I have Challengers and Cliftons! OH ENJOY Paula, they ARE the BEST! ermmm note of warning… addictive too! 🙂 (I didn’t mention how many I may have) *lol*

    You did MEGA milage!!! I love the treadmill, but I am with you… anything over 5km on the treadmill is NOT fun. How your friend does 14 miles is beyond me… she must truly be able to totally zone out and use it as meditation…

    OH enjoy the Hokas!

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    1. Paula Post author

      Yayyyyy! Seeeee, I knew I was making the right decision with the Hokas!! All the cool people have them!! 😍 I can definitely believe they’re addictive… I’m already thinking I need another pair to do my short runs in, lol!!

      Yes, I know you enjoy the treadmill and I totally admire you for that! Anything longer than 30 to 45 minutes for me is pure torture, 😂. But that lady who does 14…. OMG. I just can’t even imagine, 🤤. It’s gotta be mind over matter, seriously!! 😁

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    1. Paula Post author

      My boss had to disassemble her smoke alarms as they kept going off, lol! Did you see how strange the moon looked last night? Thank you for reminding me about Hempfest which I totally forgot. I’ll be staying far away from that area then, lol!!

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  2. Once_upon_a_run

    Yikes! At least you still managed to run indoors while the air cleared. I ran on the day of a forest fire one year and caught strept throat a few days after. I don’t know if the two were related, but I definitely remember feeling like I shouldn’t have run that day. Hopefully you’ll be able to increase your mileage soon. 🙂

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    1. Paula Post author

      I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the strep throat was related to the smoke. So, I don’t want to concern you, but Vancouver is also under heavy smoke. They’re hoping for a clear off by Thursday; it’s definitely getting cooler so they may be right. I’m hoping so for the sake of Seawheeze. Regardless, like I said, Vancouver is awesome to explore, 😊, the shopping, yhe parks, the pier… just have fun!!

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  3. mawil1

    I hadn’t heard about the fires in BC, you would think that something like that would make the news? I hope it all gets dealt with soon for everyone’s sake.
    Despite that it sounds like the running is going well. I think that you are so lucky that you and James have a shared interest. I’d love it if dave and I could go somewhere together for a nice long run at weekends! Mind you , sometimes it’s nice to go for a nice long run without him! Lol😂😂

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    1. Paula Post author

      Lol, when James started running, I had to follow suit. We’ve always been like that though, joining the other with whichever we’re immersed in, be it games, building models, puzzles… it’s just good quality time, 😊

      Yes, I hope the fires stop soon. This isn’t good for anyone’s health, although I know that it’s nature’s hoover. Still… ☺

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      1. mawil1

        I confess that the thing my hubs loves is football (watching/following Man Utd) but I can’t/won’t share his enthusiasm😬 So I can’t complain if he doesn’t share mine…

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      2. Paula Post author

        Haha, I do understand, absolutely! It was years before I got on with American football. We don’t get much UK football over here (James gets to watch the highlights only), but our world revolves around the World Cup when it’s on, 😀

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    1. Paula Post author

      Oh, you are so going to have to get you a pair!! They make trail ones, you know. James ran Idaho in his Hoka trail shoes, so there’s that, lol. Just go try on a pair… they’ll feel strange, but you won’t be able to resist! 😁

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  4. Alittlebitoutoffocus

    I hope the fires are now either out or under control. (It never made the news here either!) I know what you mean about running on a treadmill. We had a few in the gym at the office and even though we could look out over Lac Léman (Lake Geneva), I couldn’t do more than 30 mins at a time. It completely did my head in! Give me that fresh air and ever-changing surroundings any day! Good luck with the new shoes (though I have to say that your old ones look brand new too – so you must look after them!) 🙂

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    1. Paula Post author

      Thank you Mike!! And yes, I’m glad you understand my plight with the treadmill! It is so mindnumbing! I’d rather run every day short miles than every other day 10 miles on that horrid, but necessary, contraption, 😂

      Oh, that picture of my Brooks is from when I first got them, so yeah, they were brand spanking new, lol!! 😊 They’re all kinds of beat up now!

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  5. runningtotravel

    Wow- so much to comment on here! I hadn’t heard about the fires in BC. Hopefully they’re under control by now. 14 miles on the treadmill every other day? How, or should I say, why? I guess you’d get used to it after a while and it would become your new “normal.” Yay to new shoes! You were at least smarter than me and tried them out on the treadmill first! lol.

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    1. Paula Post author

      Haha, no kidding with the “why” anout the 14 on the treadmill! I can’t even… lol! So are your new shoes working for you? Did you make the right call? If you order online from Road Runner ever, they have a 90-day return policy, even after you’ve tried them on the road for 2 months, so it makes ordering online that much easier! 😊 But yes, I was lucky to be right there at a store!

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      1. runningtotravel

        So far, so good with the new shoes. I haven’t gone on a run any longer than 3 miles at this point, though. I think the real test will be when I get up to 6+ miles but that won’t be for a couple of weeks. That’s good to know about Road Runner’s return policy.

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  6. runeatralph

    Enjoy those Cliftons! I finally gave them a shot earlier this year and love them. I’m not a treadmill fan either, but at least remember the benefits of the TM. They are low impact and can help control the pace for whatever you’re looking to do.

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    1. Paula Post author

      Yes, you are so right about the treadmill, such a necessary evil. I have to do my intervals on it so I can set the speed and “learn” how fast to go.

      Yayyy for the Cliftons!! They’re going to make me much faster, I can just feel it! 😉

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  7. Garfield Hug

    I was just thinking of dropping you a note on “expired” shoes as you pound alot of miles running. Then I saw your post and am glad you know about the importance of good shoes else you get leg injury or knees!
    I was also looking at Asics gel glycerin today. Since you have used it, it is proven good and so I can buy it ha ha😊 Enjoy your runs and stay safe from cars or E bikes or electric scooters or skateboards.☺

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    1. Paula Post author

      Thank you GH!! Double check the Asics… they run narrow. Mine are the Brooks, not Asics, and unfortunately Asics don’t work for me. 😊

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  8. Chocolaterunsjudy

    While the lake must be lovely, and flat has to be treasured out there, 4 times around? Shoot me now. Although certainly better than 14 miles on the treadmill!

    Don’t forget, it’s an automatic PR. So forget about finish times, just finish!

    Everyone seems to rave about the Hokas; I haven’t tried them yet. I want cushioned minimal. Really, is that too much to ask?

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  9. My Kind of Fit

    Somebody commit that lady that runs 14 miles every other day on the TM, please!!! The most I can tolerate is 5 miles!!

    I hope you love your Hokas!! I went from Brooks to Hokas as well, I wear the Bondi and believe that all that cushion helped my hip!!

    Jodi

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    1. Paula Post author

      Hahaha, I know! 14 miles is just crazy!

      I feel like I made a really good choice switching to the Hokas now, especially as you’re a former Brooks baby too! I just know these shoes are to make me super fast! 😉

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    1. Paula Post author

      Haha, best stick to what the doc says definitely! Walking is super good for you! And thank you so much for the follow! I just love your site! I suck in the kitchen, and you make it look so easy peasy, I’m going to enjoy all that you come up with! 😀

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  10. runstrongrun

    Way to go on continuing to rock your training! Do you listen to music on the treadmill? I’ve found some awesome running playlists on YouTube that I’ve been listening to lately. I also like to run with the window open so I can pretend that I’m running outside. 🙂

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    1. Paula Post author

      Thanks Steph! Yes, I do listen to music, but I have to concentrate really hard not to fall off so I can’t get lost in what I’m listening to, lol. I need one of those fancy ones that have the nice TV screens on it so I don’t get so bored, hehe! 😃

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  11. Lady G

    I used to be an avid runner and I always preferred trails or scenic places. No way in the world I could do even 3 miles on a treadmill- not to mention 14 miles-solely on a treadmill! I can’t even! LOL!
    I can relate to you on this 🙂

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    1. Paula Post author

      I know, can you imagine!! 14 miles on a treadmill! No, I can’t get my head wrapped around that! At least on the trail I have leaves and flowers and sky to look at as opposed to the wall, hahaha! 😀

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