It is 8 PM (when I started this post), and I am sitting in bed, with the air conditioner blasting in the bedroom and my feet propped up. I’m also eating pineapple. In bed. Decadent, right? And I’m pondering how I cut up one – just one – pineapple, yet half of these pieces taste sweet and delicious, and the other half taste a bit sour and under-ripe. How did my one tiny pineapple get half ripe? No, no – how did half of my pineapple get ripe? Oh, the deep questions of a Sunday night…
But I actually sat down here to write up my workout round-up for this week in a timely fashion, rather than 5 days late. Brilliant! I am so on top of things. [Except for the other six(ty) posts on my “To Write” list, but whatever…]
So thanks to some new resolutions I made for this year (of my life, not calendar year), I’m working on doing a better job of tallying my workouts, time, distance, etc. – not just for running, but for all my workouts. I created a rather elaborate Excel spreadsheet (Excel addict here), and in its second week, it’s still a work in progress, but I like it. The OCD side of me especially likes it. So I can tell you with confidence that this week’s TWT (Total Workout Time) tallied up to 12.5 hours. OK, OK, you caught me – it was really 12 hours 28 minutes. I shall refrain from doing jumping jacks for 2 minutes just to round out the numbers.
I did a terrible job of taking pictures from the week, so I can’t mix in food/workout/fun photos together for a little-bit-of-everything, not-too-much-of-anything post tonight. So let’s cut to the chase – my workout week looked like this:
Monday: Run, Swim, Yoga
Tuesday: Run, Body Pump
Wednesday: Spin, Yoga
Thursday: Swim, Body Pump, Yoga
Friday: Run, Spin
Sunday: Long Run
There was also some stretching and foam rolling in there, as necessary. In fact, there was LOTS of foam rolling on Friday and Saturday, since Thursday’s Body Pump totally killed my glutes and hips.
Saturday was actually supposed to be my Rest day, but KMN decided he wanted to go for a short run. He’s been sick and/or swamped at work for several weeks now, so he hasn’t done much running. He wasn’t planning on going far or fast, so I agreed to accompany him for a shake-out run. We took things slowly and clocked about 3 miles of running, so although it wasn’t a 100% rest day, I took it pretty easy to be ready for today’s long run.
And it paid off – today’s 13 mile long run was pretty awesome. This (give or take a mile) has been pretty much my max long-run distance for the last 3 months (and really, the longest consecutive distance I’ve done in over a year). I’ve done 4-6 runs of ~12-14 miles in the last few months, but today’s run just felt GREAT – I did the whole thing solo, and without any music or audiobooks. I didn’t get a super early start, so the sun was already up when I headed out. I started with 5 road miles, then came home, changed into my trail shoes, put on a dry sports bra and shirt (BEST IDEA EVER), refilled my water bottle, and headed back out for 8 miles on the trails. I wasn’t counting down the miles, or wishing every section of trail away, or even longing to be finished. When the end came, my legs were tired, but not absolutely dead.
They still had plenty of spunk to get cleaned up, go to church, get some lunchtime ramen, and head over to the Run, Bike, Swim Expo. I’d seen the expo advertised in the running community for the last few weeks. It was being put on in conjunction with packet pick-up for a big race going on here in two weeks (yes, in Singapore, pack pick-up is weeks before the event), the Sundown Marathon (and half-marathon, and 10K). I’m not running in the event, but the venue and advertising led me to believe this was gonna be a big expo, and I wanted to see what was going on. So, we hopped on the subway out to the Expo center.
To be honest, the event was a bit disappointing. It was certainly larger than the mini-expos that take place for many of the other races here. However, plenty of the gear was still pretty expensive, and except for one booth that had some helmets on display, there really wasn’t any “bike” or “swim”. Furthermore, there were too many nutrition booths (for me). I’m not so enthused by protein shakes, but that’s just me. Interestingly, I even saw a company that was offering a “Marathon Pack” of some kind of gel – one to eat when you wake up on race day, another 10 minutes before the race, one for each hour of the race (up to 5 hours), and one to eat post-race. They were even packaged up in a pretty little box! I really wish I’d taken a photo or memorized the name, because this company must be scrutinized. The scientist in me is UBER-skeptical about this scheme, and the running coach in me is upset over how many runners will buy into this shtuff and try it for the first time on race day. [PSA: Don’t do anything new on race day. PLEASE!!!!!]
But the trip wasn’t a total wash – I *did* manage to score a great deal on some Brooks apparel. No, I don’t really need more workout bottoms, but I’ve been admiring this skort all season! And tight shorts are my new running uniform. The capris? I have several Brooks shirts that match! How could I resist?
After the expo, my afternoon consisted of some coaching, a short nap, and nursing my newest chafed spot. No matter how thoroughly I apply Body Glide, I’m always coming back from runs out here with chafing in a new location. This one is particularly painful, as it’s in a sweat-prone spot. Yeeouch.
The best news of the day, though, is that it’s (now) midnight, and I can say with confidence that I have avoided my usual post-long-run-electrolyte-imbalance-headache. Whenever I lose too many electrolytes on a run, without proper replacement, I end up with a splitting headache later in the afternoon. I sorted this problem out in the US a long time ago, but the super sweaty conditions out here have sent me to the Ibuprofen bottle after most of my >10 mile runs out here. But today, I achieved electrolyte-replacement perfection. This feat only required 2 salt tabs, 2 Nuun tablets, 1 package of Honey Stingers, a bowl of salty ramen, and nearly 100 oz of water – for a 2 hour workout. Frankly, I don’t care *what* it takes, as long as I can figure out the proper formula!!
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to get back to the hard work of resting. Happy Sunday, folks!
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