Better hop to this, before I get any further behind. I know I’m missing a few vacation weeks; hopefully I’ll make them up in a (probably boring and vague) post eventually, but for now, let’s focus on what’s gone down since we returned from the US.
[By the way – new friends from Trail Running Singapore (or elsewhere) – Welcome! If you’re just getting oriented, check out this post for introductions and a quick tour of what you’ll find here at Run With Holly.]
Monday (July 8): Run (5 mi)
OK, so we were still in the US on Monday, and jumped at the chance for one last slightly cooler run before our return to Singapore. KMN and I intended to do 6 miles, but found ourselves looping back past the start at 5 miles, and decided to call it a day. We were tired from climbing New Street (Frankford Township folks, you know what I mean), and frankly…didn’t feel like doing a stupid out 0.5 miles/back 0.5 miles.
Actually, KMN and I flew one bazilliondy (or else just 10,000) miles. But since the pilot did all the hard work, we just sat back, read, watched movies, paced the aisles, etc. We also energetically consumed this at the airport in Hong Kong:
I should also note that this was really only half of a rest day, because we actually lose 12 hours when we fly from the US to Singapore.
So, for good measure, I also took Wednesday as a rest day. Operating on little sleep, getting back to ‘real life’, and dealing with Monday’s stinky running clothes (and the rest of the vacation laundry) was enough to handle on this particular day. I did spend 20-25 minutes stretching, but there was nothing aerobic going on, exercise-wise.
All RIGHT – it was time to give my core and upper body strength training a kick in the pants. Although I maintained a consistent running schedule while on vacation in the US, my cross training, core work, and strength were all temporarily forgotten. One quick BP class got me back in the swing of things, though – and the extra stretching I did on Thursday was demanded by my post-BodyPump-body!
Friday: Run (3.7 mi) and Spin.
Ahhhh…back to the aerobic work!! All I can say about this workout is that it was good to be back! Oh – and my spin class was a reminder that I had to get myself mentally and physically prepared for my Spin Instructor training in 10 days.
Saturday: Run (15 mi)
I didn’t plan too many back-to-back long runs in my marathon training plan. Typically, I prefer one long and (maybe) one short run on the weekends. But I had just run 20 miles the weekend before, and was planning on 22 miles the following weekend, so two mid-distance runs seemed like a less stressful compromise for this in-between weekend.
But this was definitely one of those days when the run. . . just . . . dragged. I try to be optimistic, positive, and thankful for every run. But this particular morning was all about finishing the danged thing, and being DONE. There was nothing exactly wrong, per se – but I was tired, hungry, and had things (other than running) that I wanted to be doing.
I ran the first 5 miles by myself, then KMN had the misfortune of joining me for the final 10. I grumbling, cranked, and basically plodded my way through those miles. He (bless his heart) stayed with me. Unfortunately, our planned route came up a mile short. He asked if we should stop, and I growled at him, “Just keep running. One more mile. I don’t care where you run, just run. I will follow.”
And that, folks, is one of the many ways he shows his love for me. He let me plant my eyeballs on his back, and just hang on for another 9 minutes. He’s a terrific guy, I tell ya!
And, of course, by the time we got home, stretched, refueled, and showered…I was glad I’d gone for the run. And I was thankful that I’d had the mental fortitude to finish. This will be very important on marathon day!
Sunday (July 14): Run (10 mi), BodyPump
I met up with some folks from the Trail Running Singapore group for a run on this particular morning. I figured that, if my attitude went downhill again, I’d be less likely to snap at a group of new friends, than I would be to snap at my husband (unfair, but true). But we took things easy, and I actually enjoyed passing the morning with some new people. I tacked on a few extra miles to hit my goal, and even enjoyed getting caught in a rainstorm.
In the afternoon, KMN and I had a BodyPump date at the gym. A couple that works out together, stays together!
And that brought my total training time for the week to 9 hrs, 45 min. This mileage was a smidge lower than my goal, but considering the travel and two rest days in there, I was OK with it. I could get my running groove back in the upcoming week (at least, that was the plan – stay tuned to see how well it did – or didn’t – work).
Well, if you made it this far – Congratulations. Thanks for reading about a set of workouts that I did three weeks ago. I’d actually planned to combine July 8-14 with July 15-21, but I’m already at almost 900 words, and only through the first week. So, I’ll cut it here, and you’ll just have to come back to hear about the mid-July shenanigans!
When you travel internationally, do you make it a point to eat – or avoid eating – airport food?
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever ordered from Amazon?
[We are ordering salsa tonight. I am strangely excited by this.]
Anyone else can’t keep his/her eyes open?
[Yep, that would be me…]