So the Runner’s World Half & Festival is fast approaching. The hat trick is creeping up on me.
I contemplated an ignorance is bliss approach to the race courses yet couldn’t help myself the other day and decided to check them out.
Uh huh. Just as I thought. Hills. A bunch of hills.
I haven’t been doing much at all on hills unless we want to count the one I walked up at the Americana yesterday.
Some may refer to the Americana as the Miracle Mile but I swear it is much more than a mile these days and no one ever talks about the hill down by Crate & Barrel which leads you up to Lulu Lemon. I think they purposely put Lulu and Athleta up the hill just to make you crave workout apparel.
Instead of being lazy and just running my usual out-the-front-door neighborhood loop this week, I am going to take one of my runs to a hilly section of town just to get reacquainted with the hill situation.
Until then, here is a look at my workouts from the last week…
I knew it was going to be a great run when my warm up mile came in under 9:00 min/mile.
I held an average pace of 8:15 for a group of miles which felt nice with a cool down mile at the end.
Outdoor running really is harder for me than treadmill running. On the treadmill I can fly in the 7 min/miles but outside my mind wanders off so often which slows my pace. It’s always good when I can dial into my speed and focus on moving rather than on my thoughts.
6 easy miles plus Pure Barre DVD
I call them easy miles although I don’t think any mile is actually easy.
I never thought I would like doing a workout from home but I am loving the Pure Barre routine I have going and promise to get the full review up this week.
In The Gym Crosstrain Day
I didn’t really know what I felt like doing but I kinda knew when I woke up that I just didn’t feel like running.
Instead, I went to the gym and mixed things up:
- 20 minutes elliptical
- The Pure Barre arm circuit which I memorized from the class plus a few bicep and tricep sets using the ten pound free weights
- 20 minutes elliptical
- Home for the core-work/stretching section of a Pure Barre DVD
This mish mosh of a workout reminded me of the routines I normally do to beat boredom during the winter months.
You can check some of those routines in my Running section at the top of the page.
My intentions were to focus on speed for part of this run but then my friend Danielle called. Since it was our only opportunity to talk, friendship was more important to me than my pace.
6 miles plus a Pure Barre DVD
I wore my Brooks Glycerin 10’s for this run. Don’t ask me why, my feet are insane and let’s just leave it at that.
If my feet had a mind, we could say that they are officially losing it.
Part of me wanted to wear the Brooks again but couldn’t decide and no, trying on one of each really didn’t help me.
I don’t like to rotate shoes although I know there are benefits to it but most of the time I really prefer to stick with one main pair.
Right now though, my feet sometimes feel like they need a change of scenery or maybe some more cushioning, support or just more shoe.
I don’t know, please don’t ask me to explain because I can’t.
I went with the Brooks and then changed my mind after two miles.
Good thing my usual loop is close to my home.
My son and I will be supporting one of my childhood friends, Kelly, along with her family, at the American Heart Association Walk this morning in memory of her brother, Adam.
I basically grew up in Kelly’s house and Adam was only a year younger than us so he was like a brother to me as well.
Have you participated in a Heart Walk near you?
How often do you rotate running shoes?
Favorite run from the week?
Who else is going to the Runner’s World Half & Festival?