Y'all. This week. I don't know if my chi is off, or it's the phase of the moon, or what, but it just seemed like one thing after another. In the end, we are no worse for the wear and I got in all my miles, but it was eventful. So let's start at the beginning. It's a very good place to start.
Monday: Ah, Mondays. Mid-day I was feeling super flushed, my face was tingling and red. Come to find out, I was allergic to my new face moisturizer and it was essentially burning my skin. Spent the day looking like a tomato and sweating during my run didn't help. No exactly the burn I was hoping to feel after a work out.
Planned: Rest Actual: 3.25 miles (9:15/mile)
Tuesday: The day itself was pretty uneventful and I ran at the gym while the Jayhawk biked. On the way home, we stopped to pick up the kid's new bike, only to find that it wouldn't fit in the car. After a lengthy shopping period, she had finally picked out a new cruiser over the weekend (a true test of everyone's patience), but when we went to get it, we realized a cruiser couldn't go on the bike rack (no top tube, awkward down tubes) and because the handle bars were so wide, we couldn't get it in the car. So I ended up riding it home 4 miles in rush hour traffic. The ride itself wouldn't be bad on my own bike, but this was a heavy cruiser with limited gears (thank heavens I talked her into the gears) on a hilly route. In addition, I am a solid 9-10 inches taller than the intended rider, so it was silly at best when I got out of the saddle on the hills. Definitely not something you would plan for a bike commute as there was very little maneuver ability in traffic. I sweated a 100x more than I did on my easy run. Luckily I caught the Jayhawk at a red light and he gave me a few sips of water (no water bottle holders on the cruiser). The bike and I made it home safely to the excited child. Adding this to my application for Step Mom of the year.
Planned: Easy 4 Actual: 4 miles (9:13/mile) and a 4 mile bike ride
Planned: Rest Actual: Rest
Thursday: An uneventful day in the homeland. No skin burning, harrowing rides through traffic, or major mechanical malfunctions.
Planned: Easy 4 Actual: 4 miles (9:14/mile)
Planned: Easy 4 Actual: 4 miles (9:15/mile)
Pre-race with Kristen. Still a little red faced from that whole allergy thing (see Monday).Saturday: The Decatur 4 miler! The Atlanta Track Club offers several no frills races during the year (chip timed, no t-shirt, bagels and Gatorade at the end). The races are free to members ($10 for non-members) and a great way to check in on fitness, get together with friends, and race! I met up with several friends and got in a nice hilly run through my usual terrain. For added fun, I ran home 3 miles to shake it out (the Jayhawk had dropped me off at the start, see car troubles above). The miles helped me get out all the excess energy before car shopping the rest of the day.
Planned: Easy 4 Actual: 7 miles (4@8:32/mile; 3@ 9:22/mile)
Post-race with Frank from Run50plus. (his photo)
I have no idea how he doesn't look sweaty and I look like I've been swimming. It was humid.