Hola y salutations! Hello! Happy 4/20 if you celebrate!
Okay, first things first: if you are a pale person in Puerto Rico, you need to wear MORE sunscreen. I didn’t say you need to wear some sunscreen, I said you need to wear MORE sunscreen. MORE. You can’t even trust the umbrellas with the margaritas under them. MORE. SUNSCREEN. ¿Entiendas?
Next thing: I am cranky because I only brought one pair of running shoes, which was wise because we were way over the maximum weight for a lot of our luggage as it was. But I am feeling annoyed that I’ve spent 3 weeks in the same exact pair of shoes. Oh my God, I am such an entitled Runner Type Person. What can you do.
Third thing: last week I ran 4 miles and change every weekday. I’m still easy into this Running In Puerto Rico thing. It’s hot out here.
Although I just realized I forgot to include the fact that while I do all my runs in the morning, and I see quite a few people running at twilight, I witnessed a guy running at noon the other day. In the full sun! And humidity! Mid-80s! There is not a big enough water bottle in the world!
I suppose for short runs it wouldn’t be so terrible. And short runs is mostly what I’ve been doing, to get the feel for things. I don’t have super accurate data right now because my other computer is in the process if being shipped over and that’s where it all lives, but I did a 5k or so every weekday morning last week. Huzzah!
Jeez, without the full day-by-day workout recap these week in review posts look kinda anemic. Ummm… here is a picture of Ruffian being adorable. There, now it’s been worth your while!
Did I say service would be uninterrupted? Okay, well, I guess technically it hasn’t been as I did make a post this week, but I’m obviously a little behind… like 3 or 4 days behind. Oh well. I’ll get into this Puerto Rico rhythm yet!
Another thing I’m way behind on: The Barkley Marathons. I know they’ve been a huge thing since that one documentary in 2014, but when news reports of the 2019 version once again lauded its incredible toughness (no one finished for the second year in a row) I finally decided to take a second look. And boy howdy, it is fascinating.
The original documentary, The Race That Eats Its Young, is no longer on Netflix, but I was lucky enough to stumble upon it on YouTube yesterday morning. By that evening it had been pulled for copyright infringement. Right place, right time for me, but unfortunately I can’t share it.
However! There’s another, more recent YouTube documentary that, if not as explanatory, is just as interesting and soul-destroying. Please enjoy this account of Gary Robbins’ attempts to finish. The ending rips out your heart and stomps all over it. You’ll love it!
Oh boy. Okay. I’m in the middle of a pretty big move (more on that next week), and like 90% of my stuff is gone and I’m sitting on an air mattress nervously eyeing two cats who are currently sleeping angelically but THEY BETTER NOT PULL OUT THEIR CLAWS.
Please observing paws containing dainty claws.
Also while I was sweeping the apartment for inspection I got a bunch of dust in my lungs and it triggered some mildly asthma which really wasn’t too terrible except it gave me a cough that made it SUPER hard to sleep and most of my blankets are also gone with my stuff so I was soooo colllld and therefore I am kind of loopy and exhausted right now.
Also I still haven’t figured out a replacement workout tracker now that Daily Mile is gone and while I have it in my GPS watch I’m not, like 100% sure what happened but I can tell you I’m pretty sure I did, um, I want to say a 3 miler, a 7 miler, and two 5 milers last week and went to ballet twice.
Sorry this is such a weird week in review installment! I promise to get it together shortly. In the meantime, allow the roundup to introduce you to some much less whackadoodle bloggers. A lot of food posts this week; everyone likes those:
Ah, but let us pour one out for Daily Mile. The run tracker I’ve been using for at least five years died yesterday. I finished yesterday’s run and then, like I always do, immediately opened my phone to track my time and mileage. And then I frowned, deleted the Daily Mile app, and shoved my phone back into my pocket. An era has ended.
Anyway, anyone have any suggestions for a new run tracking site? Right now I’m looking at Strava because it’s all you ever hear about, but it seems much more complicated. I just want to input my freaking runs and there are tooooo many doohickeys cluttered up the screen. Anything simpler but also free you can recommend?
Speaking of workouts, things were pretty quiet last week, it being my post-marathon rest week and all. Here’s what we’ve got:
Monday | walked 2.04 miles outside in 35 minutes; 55 minute ballet class
Tuesday | rest
Can’t remember why I didn’t walk. Crappy weather, probably. No, wait, I think I took my car to get its oil changed on my lunch break. Yeah, that’s the one.
Wednesday | walked 2 miles outside in 35 minutes
Thursday | walked walked 2.06 miles outside in 35 minutes
Skipped ballet to go to the MVA. Found out while there I was missing paperwork. Needless to say it was a thrilling evening.
Well, to be clear, I am definitely stiff and sore in areas. I do think I have some imbalance areas to correct. And my inner knee did hurt the tiniest little bit for a hot second the next day. But any pain was all gone by Monday. Nothing wrong with me now that a little rest and some stretching can’t fix, baby!
And on that happy note, let us proceed to the workout recap:
Sunday | ran 5.08 miles outside in 50 minutes
Monday | walked 2 miles outside in 35 minutes; 55 minute ballet class
Wednesday | ran 3.21 miles outside in 30 minutes
Thursday | walked 2.13 miles outside in 35 minutes
Skipped ballet to do laundry and prep for my race weekend.
Friday | rest
Drove down to North Carolina, stopping first at UNC Wilmington for bib pickup and the race expo. I’d say it’s a medium-sized race, and it has a medium-sized expo to match, but several local businesses and running stores were represented. I grabbed my bib and bought a couple energy gels, but mostly I wanted lunch so I didn’t linger long.
Welcome back to our recurring winter themed weekly recap: Jenn Is Cold. Here’s another cold weather running tip! I ran into a lot of trouble with my phone battery dying in the cold a couple years ago. It was recommended that I use my body heat to keep my phone warm, but easier said than done when pockets large enough for a phone tend to be the outermost layer, right? Pants and jackets are where I’ve mostly found them. Fine if it, like, kinda cold, but less helpful when the temperature dips below 25 degrees. So here’s what I’ve been doing on the v. v. cold days: I put on a bottom layer long sleeve shirt, put my phone in a running belt over top, put a short sleeve shirt over that, and then my top layer vest/jacket over that. The body heat trapped between your two shirts keeps your phone warm. Tried and true! I mean, at this point you may as well be running on a sunny beach.
Anyway, welcome to Tapertown, population me: Sunday | ran 7.2 miles outside in 1:10
Monday | 55 minute ballet class Missed my walk due to high winds and much work.
Tuesday | ran 5.4 miles outside in 55 minutes
Wednesday | ran 5.24 miles outside in 50 minutes
Thursday | walked 2.13 miles outside; 55 minute ballet class
Friday | ran 7.01 miles on the treadmill in 1:10 I was trying to dial in on my race pace, but oh boy, maintaining one speed for a full hour is boooooring.
I recently read that endurance athletes require MORE sleep than the average person. In this way I have not been optimizing my training as a runner. Do not follow my example re: sleep.
However, I am not without redeeming qualities. For example, I have found a new way to adapt to running in the cold! Do you like to mess with your music while you run, but your supply of touch-sensitive gloves is limited? You only need one designated tech hand – split the touch pair, stick a regular glove on your non-tech hand, and voila! You just doubled your inventory!
Anyway. So life continues to be a mixed bag. Workout log, whatcha got for us?
Sunday | rest
Having just completed a 17 mile run the Friday before, I decided to give my body an extra recovery day.
Monday | 55 minute ballet class
I woke up early to run but I was unimpressed with the snow-rain-slush on the roads so I went back to bed. And then it rained all day so I never got a walk in.
Tuesday | ran 7.11 miles outside in 1:15
STILL raining but it was too warm for ice so I sucked it up and went out anyway.
Wednesday | ran 7.33 miles outside in 1:15
Thursday | walked 2.08 miles outside in 35 minutes; 55 minute ballet class
Longtime readers of this blog know that there was a time when I abhorred running outside, clinging to the blessed safety and climate-control of the treadmill. Eventually I conceded that running outside was probably good practice for, y’know, races, which tend to be – wait for it – outside, but winter was definitely spent in the gym. And then, THE UNSPEAKABLE. My gym closed. I transitioned to running outside 90% of the time… and I didn’t hate it. Then I came to rather like it. Now I consider it my norm. That being said: you can take the girl off the treadmill, but you can’t take the treadmill off the girl. Last week questionable weather led me to complete my pre-marathon 17 mile training run on the treadmill, and it was fabulous. The music! The TV! The readily accessible water and bathrooms! Oh, friends who despise the “dreadmill” – open your hearts and give it a chance. It’s not a replacement; it’s a tool! Treadmill warning on this workout recap: Sunday | ran 7.2 miles outside in 1:15 Monday | walked 2.13 miles outside in 35 minutes; 55 minute ballet class Tuesday | ran 5.09 miles outside in 55 minutes Wednesday | ran 3.11 miles outside in 30 minutes Thursday | walked 2.36 miles outside in 40 minutes; 55 minute ballet class Friday | ran 17.14 miles on the treadmill in 2:50 Saturday | rest But I did walk downtown to go wedding dress shopping! Obviously I’m not gonna share the winner, but here are some rejects because who doesn’t like looking at pretty dresses? TLC’s Saturday Say Yes to the Dress marathon is a VITAL part of my pre-race ritual.