We’re visiting my husband’s grandmother and he’s got some work meetings. It’s been pretty relaxed for me. I adore my husband’s grandmother, but she tries to do too much when she has guests. She’s over 90 and still gets around pretty well. She’s also feeding us well. We had turkey with mashed potatoes and stuffing plus chocolate cherry cake on Monday, sloppy joes last night and I’m getting ready to eat a turkey salad sandwich. We’re having jello with dinner tonight. I can’t remember the last time I ate jello.
Today I got to do a little speedy running and I decided to try the track for the first time. I warmed up by running the first two miles to the local high school then running another mile around the track before starting the workout. I had 10 x 20 second strides with one minute recoveries. It kind of ended up more like 23 second strides with 1:50 recoveries because of how I used the track. Plus the fact that I apparently count too slow when I run (I don’t look at my watch when doing strides but rather count in my head the seconds). The first 5 strides I was running into a 16 mph headwind with 25 mph gusts so I switched up the last five to go the other way. Despite this, I swear there wasn’t any wind at my back.
The strides went pretty ok. They ranged from 5:50-6:30 pace (don’t know what happened with that one 6:30 interval — it was in the middle of the workout). My last two were at a 6:02 pace, which made me happy. Strides aren’t supposed to be all out sprints, so that was about where I wanted them to be.
I then ran another mile around the track, then jogged the two miles back to grandmother’s for a total of 9 miles today. My second to last mile was really slow, but I picked it up for the last one. I guess the strides fatigued my legs pretty good.
We had friends from Ohio visiting last weekend, which was fun. The wife is a runner too, so when her husband had to take a meeting on Saturday morning, she, my husband and I headed to the park to run. We ran together the first 2.25 miles, then each went our own way for the rest of the hour.
It’s lunch time here now and then I desperately need a shower. Hope everyone is having a great week.