Weekly Workout Recap: Sept. 7-13, 2015

A short week at work followed by an entire weekend of Graham not working was a treat. Why can’t it always be this way?

Monday: 9.5 miles. It was Labor Day, and I was planning to do a shorter run. I skipped the previous day’s long run, which meant I had to do it this day. I was not looking forward to it. I walked half a mile before I started to run. There was no groin/hip pain, which was a plus. My weather app had said it was 66 percent humidity with a temperature in the 80s when I finally rolled out of bed. I was drenched in sweat but the runner’s high propelled me. I used a run/walk strategy for most of the run. Steps: 26,718.

Tuesday: Nothing. Steps: 9,323.

Wednesday: 2.1 miles. I meant to run to the track for speedwork but it was being used. I am self-conscious about using it because many of the people there are in much better shape than I am and run a lot faster. Steps: 10,719.

Thursday: 1.52-mile speedwork at the track and lots of crunches. I also did about five pushups and apparently that was enough to make my arms sore the next day. Steps: Unknown. I didn’t realize my Garmin was dead until the end of the night.

Friday: 1.35 miles just to get out of the house during lunch. I didn’t really do anything else, though I had planned to go to a yoga class. Steps: Unknown. I didn’t wear my Garmin because I forgot it on the charger.

Saturday: No exercise. Graham was off work the whole weekend for the first time in almost two months. I have no regrets about not working out. Steps: Unknown. I didn’t put my Garmin on until most of the day was over.

Sunday: 7 miles. This was supposed to be 11 miles. I felt fine, the weather was perfect, and I had plenty of time to finish, but I just wanted to get home to get ready for our photo session so that I would not be stressed. Instead of making this a long, slow run I sort of tested out a faster speed for various lengths, with walking in between. Steps: 13,977, though I didn’t wear my Garmin the entire day.

#1800MinuteChallenge so far: 497.

Week’s mileage: 21.47.


I realized while I was running on Sunday that the change of weather might help me feel more motivated. I have loved my past few runs, even if the distance was not what I had planned. I feel confident I could finish a half marathon in better time than my disastrous showing at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half in July. That’s all that matters to me right now. I’m also proud that I have run almost 500 miles this year. Last year I had completely given up on running during the summer, but this year I stuck with it. So that’s the lesson I needed to learn. Never give up!

If all else fails, perhaps a few new workout pieces can provide that inspiration I’ve been lacking. I tend to wear the same workout tops and bottoms for years. Does getting new workout gear motivate you?

Happy running!