Welcome to this week’s Gallivantin’! It’s Memorial Day weekend and just two short weeks out from the Utah Valley Half Marathon! It hasn’t been a spectacular training cycle but at the same time, it hasn’t been a total train wreck either. But then again, I don’t know that I’ve ever had a perfect training cycle …is there such a thing? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it until the day arrives that I cannot put one foot in front of the other ….at my age and with the injuries I’ve had in the past, I’m just grateful anytime I can cross a finish line of any distance. Yes, grateful and blessed! Running is a gift, never take it for granted. With that being said, let’s see what the past week had in store for me.
Monday: Major Hubs had to work in Meridian so we spent Sunday night there so that I could clean out a few closets of clothes that I had left behind when we moved. Yes, that’s right…. we moved last November and our house is still on the market. The housing market is saturated there and pretty stagnant. Anyway, this allowed me the opportunity to go to my favorite park to run some stairs and get a few cycling miles in. This place is one of the very few things I miss about that town! As I finished up my 10 mile bike ride and 1,360 stair run …I still managed to get a decent jump shot in. I do love this workout combo!
Tuesday: Rest ….major soreness setting in from all of those dang stairs. Ugh… it always seems like a good idea until DOMS sets in.
Wednesday: 5 miles with major #deadlegs. Thank goodness for my Legend compression sleeves! Have I mentioned how much I love these compression sleeves and socks?? I’ve worn several different brands of compression wear and these are by far the most comfortable! They are so soft, easy to get on and most importantly ….#rightnottight! If you’d like to give them a try, use this code to get $15 of your first order!
Oh yeah, and after several weeks off, the hubs and I were finally able to make it back to our favorite HIIT class at the gym. OMG! I could definitely tell that I had missed a few weeks. But on a positive note …my new hormone therapy kept my hot flashes in check so I didn’t feel like I was going to spontaneously combust during the class and the bonus challenge she gave us at the end of the class was so challenging for me that I actually CHOSE to do burpees instead!! Now that’s progress folks! LOL
Thursday: Rest ….even more soreness, aches and niggles. Maybe going to our HIIT class last night wasn’t the best idea. But hey, I can do hard things!
Friday: My morning run got pushed back due to the fact that the college boy needed me to help him out with something and …well, you know how that is….when your children need you, no matter how old they are, you drop everything and jump through a thousand hoops to do it, right? Right. So, once “Suit and Dress Shirt Recovery Mission” was accomplished, I set out for my scheduled run of downhill repeats….at noon, at 82 degrees and blazing sunshine. I was hoping to get a feel for how these orthotics would feel after several miles of downhill running in preparation for Utah. I’m pretty sure that 2.2 miles isn’t a good indicator, but it was just too hot to continue. So I just decided to call it complete. I’m adding this to all of the other Utah concerns I runfessed about on Friday and have made peace with my decision to coast on in to Utah. I’m focusing on the adventure, beautiful scenery and the friends I will meet up with!
Saturday: I really wanted to get 12 miles in and then start tapering, but my body had other plans. I woke up still incredibly sore from the cumulative effect of stairs, HIIT and speedwork. So, I listened to my body, bailed on the long run and took Ole Chester boy for a walk while the hubs got his miles in. I rarely do this during a training cycle, but for some reason I just felt it was the right thing to do. I am planning on attempting the long run this week but if it doesn’t happen, I’m not going to panic. I know I can finish this race, it just may not be pretty. But hey, not every race is fast or pretty, but every race finished is something to be proud of.
We kicked off our Memorial Day weekend in Vicksburg at the Battlefield National Park listening to the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. It was a beautiful evening for a sunset concert spent with the hubs and my sister.
Today, Major (Chaplain) Hubs did an exceptional job at church this morning reminding us of what Memorial Day is really about and how blessed we are as a nation. Never forget those men and women of our military who paid the ultimate price, in blood, for the multitude of freedoms we all enjoy every day.
“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day and may we never forget!
God bless our military and may God continue to bless the United States of America!
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