M: Treadmill hills (it was raining, so I ended up on a group run Weds instead of Monday!). 6.84 mi total / 3 mi warmup, 6 x 90s “hills” at 6-7% grade with 2 min jog between each, 2 mi cooldown
T: 6 mi easy with 4 x 30 sec @ 5K pace. Ave 9:53/mi. 20 min leg/glute strength session (Adrian Williams) + 10 min yoga for runners (Kirra Michele)
W: Group run with 65F temps (love). 7 mi, ave 9:14/mi.
R: 7 mi with 6 x 20s strides uphill. I was struggling on this one – felt dehydrated and too hot. Unlike my usual runs, I started this one at 8 am, so that was part of the problem. 10:10/mi ave.
F: 5 mi easy @ 10:09/mi + 20 min full body strength (Robin Arzon)
S: 17 mi long run!!! 10:13/mi. I took 3 gels + stopped for water twice but needed more hydration in particular. My splits at the end were fine, but I felt kind of terrible
S: Rest day!!
Total = 48 miles / strength x 2
That said I also woke up today with a massive sore throat and swollen uvula (!) so maybe that’s why I felt terrible.
4:45 Up, prep to run, read Life in Five Senses, plan 🙂
5:45 Leave for 17 mi LR
8:45 Return semi-triumphantly (semi because I wasn’t feeling amazing by the end!); eat; shower
9:45 Take all 3 to gymnastics; sit with laptop. I don’t think they will all do it next year so I’m savoring this little block of free time while it lasts. Did email stuff + some some home admin stuff + wrote blog post
11:30 Gymnastics is over – take kids to library
12:15 Home – made lunch for some kids while others fended for themselves. Lie on couch. Duolingo + headspace while dozing off (I was soooo tired but waiting for groceries to arrive!).
1:30 Put away grocery delivery.
2:00 NAP. Take migraine med because a post-run migraine was already brewing.
3:15 Take kids to swim bday party (family friends, so all kids invited) at the neighborhood pool:
6:00 Home! Kid baths
6:15 Babysitter arrives. Shower (#2 for the day) + get dressed
7:00 Josh comes home on time (!) and we head to dinner! This was a very belated bday celebration for one of the doctors in my group, and it was really fun! 5 peds endos (all women) and 5 partners plus a 6tth and her husband joined us late. It went by so fast.
10:20 Drive home / 10:45 Home / 11:00 SLEEP
Screen minutes: 108. Most used: Strava, Safari, Messages, Duolingo, Podcruncher.
Don’t worry, I did not wake up at 4:45 today. No run planned so I slept until 7:30 when C jumped into our bed and then didn’t actually get up until 8. As noted above I woke up with a bad sore throat, and there was some strep going around in one of the kids’ classes so I think I will go to our local Walgreens + get swabbed because the swollen uvula is really weird.
Is this boring? It might be. But I think it might be fun to look back on for posterity. (Don’t worry, I am only doing it for 2 weeks!)
Oh no, I hope it’s not something serious! So much strep about these days.
I went for a beach walk with a friend while my husband and son went and built sandcastles on another beach. It was blustery but a nice walk, although my legs feel it from walking on the sand. And then ukulele lessons. And then today I went to yoga while they went to the bookshop, and we all went to lunch and for a walk. It’s been a nice chill weekend, which felt needed ahead of a really busy 2 weeks (home 5 nights out of next 2 weeks).
Yep C and I had a dark positive line for strep. At least it’s treatable. He was actually sick last week and is already better but he’ll be treated anyway. Hopefully girls won’t get it … gah.
Our 5yo had strep in March but shockingly no one else got it! I thought he would for sure give it to his brother.
I look forward to our toddler turning 3 so I can sit and observe during gymnastics v being an active participant!!
That is a solid week of training! Especially the 17 mile long run! Way to go!
3 is the cutoff for ‘no parent’ classes at our gym too! you are getting close.
i definitely have symptoms and the girls do not, so fingers crossed. just started the penicillin. i feel like the last time i had strep i was a kid.
Oh gosh, strep is really going around! I always “hope” for strep though, because it’s usually pretty simple to treat and often one dose of abx and the pain/yuckiness retreats. Hopefully you will be feeling better soon!
Love that picture of your little one with the cotton candy. What a treat!
Not sure what your coach’s recommendation is, but I wonder if both your run and your headache would be better with even more fuel before and during your long run. Like something beforehand and then a gel every 3miles/30mins or every 4 miles/40mis with sports drink. So not that much more than you had yesterday, but a little bit – especially in terms of sodium.
I think carrying skratch and drinking it when I take gels could help. The coach I am working with also just suggested every 30min rather than 4mi as I had been doing.
Actually, I really like DITL posts- I don’t find them boring at all. About your 17 mile run- I used to do runs like that with just stopping at a water fountain here and there, but I’ve come to realize that I need much more water than that. If you were running a race you’d have access to water every mile or so. I got the Orange Mud hydration vest- it holds a 24 oz water bottle. I didn’t think I would like it. I thought it would make my back hot and be too bouncy, but I LOVE it! I can hardly feel it at all, and I can run anywhere I want and not have to plan routes around water fountains. I also own their double bottle vest, which I don’t like as much, but will use on occasion. Anyway… just a thought. Everyone’s needs are different, and i definitely have needed more hydration/heat mitigation techniques the older I get (you’re not there yet, but I still think the hydration vest is very helpful!)
Oh and one more thing (I could go on and on…) Now for really long runs I’ll take a salt tablet every hour. It helps!
Boo! Being sick sucks. I hope you’re feeling better with abx. One of my colleagues got COVID at a conference we were both at last week, and I maybe had some snot in the throat and fatigue… but I always kind of feel like that so I didn’t test even though I could have gotten 5-10 days off of work if I had been (+) — is your health system still doing that?
Running question — when you do your “easy” runs (admittedly, none of your runs look easy to me) do you gauge “easy” based on HR or on how you feel? I had been trying to do HR, but I cannot keep my HR in the low 140s, and 150 feels pretty darn easy so I’ve been going with that instead wondering if I am working too hard. Also, I know you’ve mentioned this before, but are you using a Garmin? I love my apple watch, but I’ve heard Garmin could be even BETTER (from my boss). Also I am tired of dealing with it when my watch refuses to synch with my phone. Srsly so annoying.
I think they do not give time off you are just expected to do telehealth or it sick use paid leave or disability if not than 5 days. But I haven’t asked recently!
I am definitely working tomorrow and right now I feel terrible and hoping the abx kick in. I will def wear a mask.
I switched to Apple Watch in late 2021. At least where I live (flat, not urban) it seems just as accurate. My HR during am extremely easy mile or two can be high 140s now but usually in 150s. 160 is working a little and 170 feels
Doable but hard. 180 is racing or speed work. I have seen my vo2 max improve (Apple Watch said it was 40 … hope I won’t plummet with illness). 11 months ago it was 34-35. I think this is calculated using HR….
Adding: my coach wants me to go more by feel than HR which I am happy about!
oh and when i start to get a panicky dehydrated feeling it is always 170+! Even at a slow pace. hydration matters. I also wonder if a cold run would give me different numbers but I have so few opportunities to test that out. DC would have been good but too many traffic lights!
I bet you’d have better numbers if you suddenly came to MI, but unfortunately might be a little negated out by the hills and trail running. Relatedly my conference was in Denver and WOW did my running get a boost from that even though I was only there for 4 days. My VO2 max is currently 35.5. I can def feel the difference comparing now to when it was 33 a month ago. I am told it is calculated based on HR and speed, but maybe there is more to it than that. Either way I find following it motivating (except when it goes down — boooooo!!!).
I’ve had this question for a while. I now do mainly by feel, and when I do that it’s usually below 140 for easy runs.
Ugh! I hope you’re feeling better soon. I have never had strep – in my life?! And neither have my kids. Or pink eye. Or pinworms (these latter two feel like a miracle because pinworms AND pinkeye went around multiple times in my kids preschool). I feel like at some point the gauntlet will fall and we’ll get all. the. things (we have had a child with severe pneumonia, and vomit seems like a monthly occurrence in our house, and all sorts of ear infections etc., it just still shocks me we’ve missed some of the main childhood illnesses!)
I like the day in the life posts! Although I’m really amazed how much you fit in!
By the way I downloaded Romantic Comedy and was up until 1 AM because I couldn’t put it down. Ahh! Thanks for the recommendation. I think!
That’s a very long run. I’m amazed how much you schedule to do after a long run day. I used to schedule nothing for Sunday if I have a long run.
Put me down for those living DITL posts! Feel better!
Loving not living – sorry!
Do you think you will ever have Annabel start babysitting? She’s 11 now, right? I totally babysat for other kids- including a newborn baby!- when I was 11. I know I took the Red Cross babysitting course and stuff and remember starting to babysit for a family at age 10 while the parent worked from home, and then regular babysitting by 11. Just curious as I noticed you hired a babysitter for your night out, and she seems so mature and responsible that don’t you think she could just watch the others? And she could earn some cash. 😉
I think we are very close to this and for short stints (AM run) it works 🙂 for longer periods she says she still not feeling ready. I think by 12 she will be though!
Completely unrelated to this post but I’m trying to remember the brand of all-metal lunch boxes you recommended that you use for your kiddos. I tried the search function but it didn’t pop up. Thank you!! I’m over having to hand wash the outer part of our bentgo boxes every day.
LunchBots! They go in the dishwasher every day 🙂
(The kids carry them to school in washable neoprene bags)
Thank you so much! Just ordered two!