|Beautiful Veteran's Park.|
Monday - 6 @ 9:02, appropriately enough at Veteran's Park. I met with a group from the BRATS running club (Birmingham Running and Training Society). They had a brief remembrance ceremony and moment of silence, an hour of running in pace groups, and then some snacks and adult beverages. All before 7:00 am!
That afternoon, my family drove a few hours to go to a big family picnic at my parents' house. We had such a good time, that we decided to stay overnight and until early Wednesday morning.
|Chilling with old photos of myself.|
Tuesday - 5.1 @ 9:01 with Nate, around my parents' neighborhood. My dad agreed to watch W while we put some miles in together, which is always a rare treat. Unfortunately, we ran at 10:00 am, when it was close to 90 degrees and very humid. Five miles was definitely enough...any longer and we would have needed to stop for water and some recovery.
|I look like I've been punched in the face.|
Wednesday - Complete rest.
|The effect that two days with the grandparents has on W.|
Thursday - 7 @ 9:02 around Homewood and the Villages of Mountain Brook with some friends who train with Resolute Running. I wanted to get away from my neighborhood a bit. I parked in Homewood pretty early on, and did a three-mile lap while I waited for folks. For miles four and five, I paced some of my friends who were doing tempo (pretty mellow, 9:05 pace). Then, I sped up a bit coming back into town by myself. The temperature was pretty decent (about 75), but the humidity was unreal at 99%. Probably the most humid run I did all week.
|Alleys in Homewood.|
|Homemade ice cream is probably my favorite food.|
Friday - Hour-long Ashtanga yoga practice, then some pull ups. Heated yoga studios are like NBD for me anymore.
Saturday - 14.3 @ 8:53 on the Track Club's long run. I got an early start on this one, by meeting Gary and Bryan for five-ish miles at 5:00 am. I also set up one of the club's water stops, which meant I left home around 4:15. I threw my oatmeal and coffee in travel containers and consumed them on the drive. Never again! I had major indigestion and thirst issues for the first two miles of the run. I think I'm finally getting somewhat heat adapted, though, because as the sun started rising and people began to complain, I was like, "this isn't too bad, I guess." I did slow down for miles eleven through thirteen, because I started to feel a little winded.
|A big crowd on this run, for some reason.|
Sunday - Another day of complete rest.
|Doing another virtual yoga retreat, which means yoga in the living room when it rains.|
Totals - 32.5 miles of running, a yoga class, some pullups, and plenty of rest. Also, I'm pretty proud of the fact that I ate ice cream six times in two days. So it was an epic week for ice cream training.