Ok, so the title’s a little misleading given that it’s not really an update if it’s the first one. Sue me.
As this site is partially a diary for training as well as random thoughts, I’m kicking it off with a post about running. I schedule my running program to have my long runs on Saturdays for two reasons:
- It gives me an extra weekend day to recover afterward
- I like to run on Edmonton’s river valley trails. Other people also like to run there. People also like to organize races that go through the trails. Often these are on Sundays. This can make parking difficult and trails crowded. These things make me cranky. I avoid this by doing my long runs on Saturday.
But mostly the first.
This week, training looked like this:
- Sunday: Edmonton Police Foundation 10k (ran this one with the husband)
- Monday: off
- Tuesday: 7k followed by 4 strides (I’m just starting to integrate a bit of speedwork into mid-week runs)
- Wednesday: off
- Thursday: 6k with 5 x 1 minute fartleks (lol) at a 4:45-ish pace
- Friday: off
- Saturday: 12k on those trails I mentioned earlier
- Sunday: easy 6k
Usually on my off days I do some sort of short upper / lower body workout (e.g. push-ups alternating with pull-ups for 15 minutes, then squats alternating with RDLs for 15 minutes) and stretching. I aim for one (sometimes two) complete rest days per week, based on how I’m feeling. This week I had zero because I am a bad cat. I also seriously neglected my IT band rehab exercises. I am a very bad cat.
Anyway, back to running. The Edmonton Police Foundation race last Sunday was great (did you notice I snuck an extra day in there? You did, didn’t you – you must be a detective). It was out of Hawrelak Park which I often run through, but was a different route than I would usually choose because of ALL THE HILLS. We started up a big hill and as soon as I saw we were headed for the switch-backs into the valley I started hoping we were running a loop instead of an out-and-back. We weren’t.
The turnaround point was at 4.5k (aside: apparently a bunch of people missed this somehow???) and then back up those switch-backs we went. At least we got to run down the big hill on the way back into the park before looping around to the finish. Instead of medals, they gave out “neckthings”
I like it. The husband was a bit dejected about doing all that running but not getting a medal for his shelf but figures he can use it as a balaclava during grass fires.
Today was an easy 12k. The trails were pretty busy with runners and walkers and dogs, more so than I remember from last summer. Maybe people are just happy winter is over *crosses fingers* since, while it was beautiful running weather, 7 degrees with wind and clouds is still a little on the chilly side for a casual stroll.
I wore my sweet White Plum leggings and Asics Gel Nimbus that I picked up at an outlet store when we traveled through Oregon last summer. Not shown, merino wool quarter-zip from Costco 🙂 I always struggle with how much to wear this time of year, especially when it’s windy, but this was just right.
Speaking of wind, does anyone else remember Edmonton ever being this windy in the spring? I’m getting pretty tired of dust in my mouth and eyes and listening to things clanging around on the house while I’m trying to fall asleep.
Now I’m heading out to try a new suspension yoga class. It’s been too long since I did any form of regular yoga practice in general, and way, way too long since I’ve done aerial yoga. <3