I am linking up with my awesome running gal pals Holly and Tricia
I'm linking up with the lovely and inspirational Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner for the weekly wrap!
The theme of my week has been, "My sore is sore"
I've been working hard at my fitness challenge with Clarinda from Enjoying the Course. Some exercises went better than others, but overall I have done every exercise and I have tried new things! When I go to the gym I've been incorporating several of the exercises into my workout and I end up sore. I also discovered my single leg balance needs a ton of improvement. Single leg deadlifts were a serious mess. Motion and balance...oh crud, I am so challenged!
I've also discovered Burpees are extremely evil.
It was a win I was able to do them though. In the past, any time I've tried burpees I would get sharp pains in my wrist (I have ganglion cysts) and my toes, but I held up for 40 and wow, did I crack a sweat. Some part of my body was sore for every workout I did this week!
This has been the norm for July. That is 6 a.m. I am so over it!
So when I woke up last Monday and it was 73 degrees I wondered if I could trick my body into believing it was "cooler". Normally 73 and humid is still survival mode for me, but I've been baking in the mornings. Why not try?! The worse that can happen is I will have to just go slower.
Progression does not come natural to me. I have a hard time picking it up just a little and I often will have flip splits, one mile a little faster... one a little slower, because it feels more comfortable. I do try to play around with a progression run when my mind needs a distraction or my legs feel good. My legs just felt so tired during mile two I could barely hold on, but then things flipped a bit. I guess I need a longer warm up.
Tuesday morning my glutes were talking to me! How the heck does picking up the pace a little make me so sore?!
It was all I could to keep moving. This is a pretty typical heat run for me, I call it my summer shuffle. I went into work late so I had time, I just kept plugging away at the miles. This is the furthest I have run since my half last month.
|77 and mega humid - this is all I got!|
I thought I would be cutting back on miles, but it worked out to be a pretty good mileage week.
Our buddy run this week was another brutal 80+ degree run and we both struggled a little, but we got it done. Toward the end we found the most magnificent road. We looped the block and ran it twice as our reward. Shade!!!
The shade and trees were all so pretty! We couldn't resist a run photo opp!
Then we walked 4 miles and found some other great views.
Sunday the most amazing thing happened! After rain and storms on Saturday some drier cooler air rolled in. Serious, 63 degrees at 7 a.m. it was like a dream after all these tough days.
It wasn't a perfect run, I was sore from workout Saturday (dang burpees) but that was not enough to make me want to stop. When I got to my planned four, I just kept running savoring the low humidity air.
I finally stopped because I was so thirsty! If I wore my pack I might still be running LOL
It felt so good to be able to push myself again! But I made my sore glutes, more sore! So as I type this Monday morning, the incredible weather did hold up, but I decided to not to run this morning because I felt like my body needed a break. It is so hard missing out on a fabulous morning, but sometimes I just gotta chill.
Burpees?! Love or hate?
Progression runs? Do you enjoy them?
How's your balance? Have any great weather in your neck of the woods?
Thanks for stopping by!