The week was very busy. At work. Fitness wise. With family. And it ended with a very long run.
In short :
- Monday : 8K run with 25 x 20 second sprints
- Tuesday : One hour of cardio at the gym with 25 x 20 second sprints on the bike
- Wednesday : 30 minute chest & back workout
- Thursday : 8K lunchtime run
- Friday : Off
- Saturday : 40,2K / 25 mile run (using 3:1 run:walk ratio)
- Sunday : 30 minute shoulder / tricep / bicep workout at the gym + 45 minute walk
My long run :
Saturday’s run was the last long one on my training plan. I was up and out by 8 a.m., as soon as it was relatively light out. My daughter took the picture as she was heading out with “Go mom ! I know you can do 25 miles !”
Where to run and how far ? I had not completely decided. I had done my previous long outing through Paris and a second urban run through the city & traffic did not appeal to me, so I decided to stay closer to home, where 90% would be run in the Vincennes forest.
My Galloway plan calls for running the marathon distance or further. My last long run had been 22 miles. I set that as my minimum and 25 as my maximum. I didn’t know how my legs / knees / Achilles would feel, as I have new orthodics. And I felt 25 was more than enough.
Keeping boredom at bay...I had looked for a half marathon this weekend to add variety and break it up, but there was nothing close to where I live. Running 25 miles in the same area can get b.o.r.i.n.g, so I would do a loop, anywhere from 3 to 4 miles, in one direction, then do it backwards. I would then find another loop and repeat. I came across some really interesting things, as least they kept me entertained for 5+ hours !
Paris firemen. They always run in Vincennes forest on Saturday morning, so I chase them a little bit. Look at those muscles !
A race ! What !? I was sure there wasn’t a race this weekend, so was bummed when I saw this.
But I kept running and quickly understood that it was an obstacle course. I passed 6 or 7 different
torture devices obstacles. Definitely NOT my thing.
Then I came across this hoop game. I had seen it before and when I talked about it with my kids, we were convinced it was some version of disc golf. This time I stopped to watch and the players were running around with this thing between their legs. I couldn’t figure out what it was, it kind of looked like a horse whip but bigger. I was intrigued. The people looked really funny passing a ball around while trying to run with this stick wedged in their crotch.
I finally figured it out. They are playing Quiddich. WTH ?
Otherwise, I came across :
- an old colleague,
- peacocks, geese, swans,
- prostitutes looking to turn a trick (three of them were lined up on one stretch I ran down and back on, and one car drove by several times slowing down in front of them. I finally figured it out. LOL. Kept me entertained),
- a photo shoot for a wedding,
- a video / film / advertising being made,
- I stopped to talk to a man with a basset hound (I grew up with bassets, love them)
- a boy whose bike had toppled over and he was picking up all the chestnuts that had rolled out of his basked. Close to 100 chestnuts. I held his bike so it wouldn’t topple again.
As with all of my long runs, I break them down. I broke this one down into 10K portions. I still struggle from about km 18 to 25 and I had cramps in my right buttock and lower right leg for at least half the time. I stopped several times to stretch. Once I hit 30 I was feeling better, the sun had come out, my music was blasting. I was confident I could hit 35 and when I hit 35 I was feeling really good actually. My cramping was now gone, I had no knee pain what so ever. I was thinking of exactly what I would report to my podiatrist because I owed him a call. I felt so good, the last mile was one of my fastest. By that time I was ecstatic and feeling very confident… I wanted to tell my podiatrist I loved him for fixing my knee & Achilles niggles.
I finished the run by trying to take photos with me doing a happy jump. Well, I do not recommend jumping after 25 miles. And I was completely off with the timer on my phone. This is the closest I got :
Then, I was on my way home and who do I run into ? My podiatrist !
It was a great run, and besides
feeling like I was in a train wreck being a bit stiff today, I feel fine. I slept poorly after my long run, as I always do, but no big deal !
Three weeks and counting !
And that is a wrap !
How was your week ?
What do you do to occupy your time on a long run ? or bike ride ?