Not only was it a short work week because of Bastille Day on the 14th, but I did not have to travel for work. This meant I had time for a ton of fitness & running and fully took advantage of a four day weekend. It was a good week.
Fitness / marathon training
It was week 3 of NYC marathon training, where I am again using the Jeff Galloway run / walk program (I have cut the 6 month plan short to a 4 month plan) and modifying it slightly to add in more speed work and hill repeats. I had 4 good runs :
- Monday : one hour run, 9K
- Tuesday : lunchtime weight work out at the gym + planking + pushups
- Wednesday : 35 minute run / 5K
- Thursday : Speedwork, with 7,5K total
- Friday : off
- Saturday : long run with 3:1 run/walk intervals : 24 K (15 miles), 3 hours
- Sunday : 4 mile walk + 40 minutes at the gym for upper body, planking, push ups & stretching
It was a total of 45K, over 28 miles, which is a lot for me. I have no more lower leg pain, though my right knee is protesting on & off. I need to have my orthodics redone but wanted to wait until after the summer. Some scenes from the week….
Diamond pushups to work the triceps :
Starting my morning runs before 7 a.m. This school is my starting point, my GPS usually picks up the signal easily :
Perfect conditions for my long run Saturday with overcast skies and no humidity (then again, there is never humidity in Paris…) :
Because I was home for the 4 day weekend, I did some cooking, and was craving salads, fruits and veggies because the weather has been so nice. What ever is in the fridge, I throw into a plate :
Life outside of running and eating
On Bastille Day there is a huge military parade down the Champs Elysees with a small airshow. Our apartment is in the axis of where the planes finish, so we get to see some of the action :
I am getting pretty darn excited about our upcoming vacation and have spent some time planning what we are going to do :
In addition, I sanded & stained all the railings on our decks and windows, did a ton of cleaning, had ice cream with my daughter, went to friend’s for dinner, finished 2 books. Major productivity !
Besides that I spent a lot of time in front of the tv watching the news. Of course the terrorist attack in Nice put a major hamper on the weekend. Will the madness ever stop ? Prayers going out to the friends & family of the 84 who perished, which includes 10 children and adolescents. 🙁 I was there in January and this spot will never be the same :
Sorry to close this off on a sour note, but keeping it real.
And that’s a wrap.
How is your summer going ? Do you prefer to relax on a four day weekend or do you go, go, go ?