Week 33

After taking no rest days in Week 32, I ended up taking 2 this week due to some unexpected travel. But the rest was much needed and I ended up only missing 1 workout of the entire week.

Monday

AM: Spin. I decided to skip my usual Monday morning Core training class. The regular instructor (and good friend of mine) was on vacation and I wasn't a particular fan of the sub so I just put in the full prescribed 70 minutes on the Spin bike.

PM: I spent an hour at home that evening doing yoga from my Yoga for Runners app.

Tuesday

AM: An easy 4-mile, Garmin-free run around the neighborhood.

Wednesday + Thursday

Rest / Travel Days

Friday

AM: A 6-mile jaunt around the 'hood again, alternating speeds at every mile. I must say, when I started this run, it was the last thing I wanted to do. I was just going to hoof it around the neighborhood at an easy pace, but once I got going, it felt really good and I finished the last mile at an 8:42 min/mile pace which is really fast for me. I guess the old saying is true that you never regret a workout.

Saturday

AM: Swim. This was my prescribed rest day, but since I took 2 earlier in the week, I didn't feel the need to take this one. Last Saturday when I was at the pool, it was already packed by 7 am. I hate having to wait for a lane so I this week I got there super early - like at 6 am -- on a Saturday. That is early, even for me!

And guess what - I wasn't the only one there. I recognized one of the other guys from last week who had to wait for a lane; he got there early like me. I swam for 1 hr and 10 minutes (2500-m). Great workout.

Sunday

AM: Sunday Runday in Tiburon. I woke up with a bad headache, which I'm guessing is from all the stress I've been dealing with lately. Work insane, over the weekend I found out about a second death in as many weeks. A friend from home (who was also a colleague) passed away. He was only a few years older than me and had been battling cancer for the past year. It's always so sad when someone loses a fight with cancer, but when they are so young it just feels even more tragic.

I stopped taking Ibuprofen before runs so I didn't take anything for the headache, but managed to shake it before the run. While I had such an enjoyable time with my runner friends, I struggled through this run. But since I had such a great one 2 days prior, I'm not dwelling in this one very much. And I do give myself kudos for running without music again! Sandra seems to be the only person I can run with without music!

This Saturday I have a half-marathon. It’s the second time I'm running it and I'm hoping for a better experience than last year. Here's to another race week!