Happy Fourth of July!
Right now it looks like the rain may put a damper on our holiday plans, but we are still hoping to grill up a feast and catch a glimpse of the fireworks, which usually go on (or go off?) rain or shine.
Since last week was the last week of June, I’ve seen people tallying their monthly and half-yearly mileage. This Garmin snapshot misses the first few days of June, includes my first run of July, and doesn’t include the 2+ miles I ran every Monday at Orange Theory Fitness, so I figure I ran 70+ miles in June.
According to Garmin Connect, I logged 420 running miles during the first six months of the year (again not counting OTF). Seeing that number makes me wonder if I could step up my game and reach 1000 miles this year, but then I remember the reason I don’t set mileage goals: they lead me to push harder than I should and ignore the signs that I need to back off. So I’ll go back to running what I can when I can, and checking my mileage after the fact just for fun. 🙂
Monday: 60 min Orange Theory Fitness + 20 min strength
You can see the workout pattern–3X row/weights/treadmill–in my heart rate data.
I am finding it harder to get my heart rate into the orange zone, and trying to strike the right balance between pushing myself and avoiding injury–my knees never bother me running outside, but have been known to revolt after treadmill workouts. This week I felt a few twinges at the start of my runs which I’m am taking as a flashing red WARNING sign that must not be ignored.
During the weights sections we focused on core strength and did this move –have you tried it before?
Sometimes the simplest exercises are the hardest!
Tuesday: 5 mile hilly run
The humidity was oppressive
but I had to take my new Garmin Vivoactive out for a test run.
Wednesday: 45 min RealRide at Revolve
Thursday: 4 mi run
As gross as it was Tuesday, it was that much nicer Thursday and my pace shows it! I ran at a tempo pace for about 0.75 mi–the longest flat stretch of this route.
Friday: 30 min strength routine
Saturday: 9.25 mi run
More storms Friday night meant more nice running weather Saturday.
There was even a cool breeze!
Sunday: 45 min RealRide at Revolve + 16 mile bike ride.
Steady rain Sunday morning led me to head indoors for my ride, but when the rain had stopped by mid-morning I decide to join my husband on a bike ride to try out the cycling mode of my new Garmin.
I ended up tacking a hill that’s been taunting me every since I started using clipless pedals–I’ll share more about that later. In honor of the holiday, I took this picture with a glimpse of the Washington Monument.
This spot of the river will be bumper-to-bumper with boats for the fireworks.
All in all, I ended the week feeling strong, but being cautious about the different ways I am pushing myself. I may take a week off from OTF–right now I’m on the waiting list for a Wednesday class–and will continue using the foam roller to keep my ITB happy and try to loosen up my tight calves.
I wish I knew when I should push through my fear of doing too much and when I am being smart to avoid injury. I still need a service dog for that!
How do you know when to hold back?