After last week's pity party, I have been doing everything in my power to get my running mojo back. I'm happy to report I am almost, completely 100% healthy, even though some mutant form of recurring toddler bronchitis threatened to destroy everyone in my household. Just a bit of a cough and a healing rash (something I get when I run a fever) remaining. Yay!
For the past week, I have cut all sugar, processed grains, and processed foods out of my diet. I'm eating a LOT of pinto beans, fruit, nuts, olive oil, and sweet potatoes. I feel amazing and have so much energy. I think we tend to ignore how much of an effect diet has on our overall sense of well being.
|The new breakfast. Black coffee is life right now.|
I ran just over 30 miles this week. That's low for me, but I didn't hate any of them. I also crushed a trail half marathon (2:14:52) in nasty, wet winter conditions. That felt good. I spent a lot of time doing yoga. Things are looking up.
|Running through the finish line. Thanks to my friend Suman for this awesome picture.|
On to the workouts!
Monday - 4 @ 8:52 around my parents' hilly ass neighborhood. I embraced the hills and went for six laps on the "worst" stretch of rollers. It was 78 degrees F. Feels good, man.
I also did 50 pushups, in three sets. Then, in the name of family camaraderie, I did a bunch of stupid human tricks with my brother and brother in law...handstands, arm balances, flips, planks, that kind of thing. What? Your family doesn't do that?
Tuesday - 6 @ 8:32 around a mostly flat lake trail, along with my husband. I really, really, really didn't want to run. I didn't want to get dressed, didn't want to eat, didn't want to drive to the park, didn't want to start my watch...you get the idea. But one we started, I felt amazing and strong! I actually didn't want to quit running, but we had to get back to my parents' for dinner. The weather was much cooler (like 60 F) and I think that helped.
Wednesday - No running! Just 60 pushups, in three sets. And driving. And applying for my new Chinese visa. Haha.
Thursday - 5.8 @ 8:34 on the treadmill, as a hill workout. Then an hour-long advanced vinyasa yoga class. Ow. (Treadmill hill workouts are weird, because you never go "downhill," you just climb up and up and up and get nowhere haha.)
Friday - 2 @ 8:52 with my dog. Someone must have lit a fire under my dog's ass, because she NEVER runs this fast. The whole time we were at my parents', she was basically running free/crazy on about 90 acres with three other dogs. I think it really whipped her into shape!
|Feats of strength! Also, our hair sort of matches!|
Saturday - 13.1 @ 10:27 on the trails at Red Mountain Park. My time was 2:14:52, third overall woman. I'll have a recap before too long, because there are too many hilarious pictures not to. This was a "casual" trail run (of which there are many in my neck of the woods) that I signed up for the night before. I ran it for fun and had a blast, aside from getting slightly frozen. The trails were still wet and flooded from the weather we had last week, but the temperature was around 33 F. Brrrrrr! I also ditched and forgot to retrieve my cheapo "throwaway" fleece jacket I've been wearing to races for more than a year. R.I.P. fleece jacket, you will not be missed.
|Look! Trail runner fashion!|
Sunday - Hour and a half Ashtanga yoga class, all of Primary Series and part of Series B. Good stuff. Puts hair on your chest.
Totals - 30.9 miles of running, including a hill workout, a tempo, a treadmill workout, a shakeout, and a trail race. Two yoga classes. Pushups. Stupid calisthenics.
Everyone have a great week!