Week 15/16 Recap: Roller sticks rock!

After taking a planned week off (week 15) for the holiday, I’m back at it! A 3.6-mile short run yesterday afternoon with my running buddy. It felt good to be back out there. I had a little IT band pain, but no numbness or cramps thanks to good stretching beforehand. I had to use Strava on my phone to track the run because I left my Garmin home by accident.

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7.11 miles in the bank! My longest run since starting in August. My poor watch froze at the end from the cold weather but we got it done. My running buddy is the real MVP for running those 7 while pushing a stroller up several hills! I stretched a ton and used my rolling pin beforehand (rather than after the run) and again no pain or numbness. That’s the key it seems!

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Week 15: OFF

Week 16: 10.71 miles ran

4 days til next 5K

53 days til FIRST 10K

93 days til Half-Marathon –> I’m running for St. Jude, please support me!

New goodies, the eclipse and 1.75 miles

Today marked the start of week 2. Kiddo was my running buddy today (…for part of it, anyway. He took off and did his first mile in 6-7 minutes before slowing down with me. Yea, way to shame the old lady, bud. I am happy for him though.)

For week 2, the training plan says to increase to 1.75 miles. My first 1/2 mile felt difficult and I was a little winded. Granted, I was running laps on a 400m track at that point. I’m thinking the boredom was more to blame than my endurance level. At that point, I took off on the trails for the rest of the run: me, kiddo and Sheila.

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No, Sheila is not the running girlfriend I usually blog about. It’s the silly name I’ve given to this figure-8 ankle brace I’ve been rocking, since she’ll clearly be with me for a while. Between Sheila and the recent injection, I’m happy to log another run without numbness or pain. The first mile I paced at 12:39 min/mile. The last 3/4 of a mile was much slower, at a 14:26 min/mile pace.

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We got back home in time to (indirectly) watch the eclipse. Kiddo made a makeshift eclipse viewer thanks to his Google searching. You can actually see the sun’s reflection with it!

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Lastly, I’m enjoying my two newest goodies: my new Elite Massage roller stick for only $9.99 that arrived super fast with free one-day Prime delivery (I used the heck out of it yesterday so I could run without stiffness today), and my new JVC HAETX30A Extreme Fitness Headphones with pivot-motion fit (I don’t really know what that means, but they didn’t threaten to fall out of my ears like my old ones, and I didn’t hear the slapping noise).

 

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