Aug 21

The Rundown – A Strong Practice

Now that I’m a regular yogi (I have attended yoga class three weeks in a row!) I’ve started to really love being on my mat. Of course, I run at least four miles prior to class because even “power yoga” leaves me with too much excess energy on a Monday. In last week’s class we had a new instructor. He was amazing, actually snapped his fingers to whip our minds into a pose *snap! and told me I had a “strong practice.” I think he was being kind since my flexibility leaves a lot to be desired but I can pop a crow or handstand like nobodies business. *snap!

This was on a beach in Portugal two years ago but I still got it.

WEEK OF AUGUST 14, 2017

RUNNING

Running has been more exciting lately with my new running partner! Star continues to love our runs and is very well behaved, probably because she’s so focused and then exhausted. She’s been keeping a fairly steady 7:40 average pace with me but I’m sure she could go much faster.

Most all my runs were easy this past week, and I made a point of running in new locations. It’s the little things.

Four sweaty miles before yoga with my goodr sunglasses, GFAR tank and Momentum Jewelry necklace. I’m a running ambassador!

Sunday: 3.5ish miles with Star then the same 3.5ish miles solo | 7.35 miles | 8:12 average pace

Monday: 3.87 easy miles before power yoga | 8:07 pace

Thursday: 8 easy trail miles | 7:50 pace

Friday: 4 miles off the bike | 8:00 pace

Total = 23.22 miles

CYCLING

I had another really great long ride and even found a new route! I’m doing my best to take new turns and just see where they lead. While I have time to play, play I will! I’m even taking time to not only appreciate the flowers but to stop and take a selfie with them. Imagine?

Tuesday: Long ride | 36.8 miles

Friday: Short ride | 20 miles

Total = 56.8 miles

SWIMMING + SUP

I confess that I haven’t been open water swimming in two weeks because I need a friend or SUP support. I know I should take advantage of these gorgeous days and get out there and swim but the pool is just so much…safer.

I did attempt to get Star back on the SUP but she now refuses to sit down and then jumps off and starts swimming with a panicked look on her face. I feel like I’m terrorizing her so I settled for a game of fetch instead.

Wednesday: 8 x 200 on 2:00 minutes | 2,200 yards

Friday: Intervals | 2,000 yards

Total = 4,000 yards

FUEL

I’m doing my best to reach a respectable quota for burgers consumed in one summer and I’m proceeding quite nicely. Since we needed to make a quick trip to Mohegan Sun with the boys last weeend we treated them to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville for a cheeseburger in paradise. Truth be told, I had a bison burger, but still.

The boys hated it.

THINGS I LOVE

Seeing this in my Facebook feed…

THINGS I DON’T LOVE AS MUCH

The lethal ignorance of Donald Trump.

The almost end of summer.

Balloons < – – don’t ask, I just hate them

The general lack of customer service.

Removable pads in sports bras.

Women had some strong opinions on this one! I knew it would be popular but there were over 300 comments on the Women’s Running Facebook page and I had about 50 on my Instagram. The overwhelming majority of women absolutely loathe them. I hope the companies that make these torturous inserts are paying attention!

READING

Besides the above article I wrote, I enjoyed these last week as well:

A New Way to Measure the Quality of Your Workouts | by Ted Spiker for Runner’s World

Let’s just say it has nothing to do with anything currently on your Garmin…

This “measurement” is probably my favorite:

The Smartphone Standard: What photo did you take during or after your run? The evidence will indicate its quality.

A+: You and your tribe after your workout
A: Nothing because YOU WERE RUNNING, NOT TAKING SELFIES
A-: You in front of an ocean, sunset, or plate of sausage links
B+: Any other form of gorgeous scenery
B: Shoes only
B-: Watch only
C: A freshly scraped knee
D: A “where the eff did that come from?” snake
F: Anything bloody that’s not a freshly scraped knee

Why Do Rich People Love Endurance Sports? | by Brad Stulberg for Outside Magazine

It’s a valid question and one I can answer fairly quickly – because it takes a whole crap ton of money to actually participate in endurance sports! Duh.

If you want to get all psychological then you can read the article and find out the research behind it like “endurance sports offer something that most modern-day knowledge economy jobs do not: the chance to pursue a clear and measurable goal with a direct line back to the work they have put in.” Interesting.

I have no idea what they’re talking about…

RANDOM QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Vaughn: Mom, can you get our helmets down?

Me: Why?

Vaughn: Because Miles and I are going on the scooter together and he doesn’t trust me.

Smart kid.

How was your week?

Where do you stand on the removable pads in sports bra issue that is very, very important?

Do your kids always wear helmets on bikes and scooters? Obviously mine don’t.

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