Happy Sunday! It’s so incredibly beautiful in Edmonton right now. We have so much cold and winter here that it feels so amazing and energizing when we have a span of sunny, warm days. The cooler temps and rain last weekend combined with the sunshine over the past week has led to a burst of green in the river valley.
Getting right into the detail – for the week of May 17th to 23rd, my training looked like this:
- Sunday: easy 7k (was aiming for 6k but got a little lost in Canmore, oops :))
- Monday: rest & travel home
- Tuesday: 10k with 6 x 1 minute fartleks at a 5:00-ish pace
- Wednesday: strength with weights and hot yin yoga
- Thursday: 6k followed by 6 strides
- Friday: body-weight strength
- Saturday: 19k run – HOT
Total distance: 42 kms (26.1 miles) – almost a marathon, wooo!
Total yoga: one class (boooo)
Total strength: two workouts
I picked up my six-month unlimited yoga pass on Wednesday, which will take me right through to November. This means I can keep up the twice-weekly yoga (aiming for Sunday/Monday suspension / restorative yoga and Wednesday hot yin yoga) during marathon training and also have a bit of time left after NYC for some recovery yoga.
My long run this week was a 19k, and I really should have made more of an effort to get out earlier, because it was already 24C (75.2F) by the time I started the run and 28C (82.4F) by the time I finished. This may not seem that bad to you southern folk, but for an Edmonton girl that’s about as hot as it can get, especially at a time of year where average max temps are closer to 20C (68F).
Also contributing to the discomfort was that the water fountain were I usually do my re-fill (River Valley road) was apparently out of order today, so I had to stretch the water in my bottle another 7k until I got back to the one in Emily Murphy Park. Not cool City of Edmonton, not cool.
Overall it was an okay run. The dehydration earlier on made the last two kilometres a little slower than I would have liked. My overall time came in at just over 2 hours, which was my target for this run.
Also, I think my sweaty skin collected at least half of the poplar fluff floating around the river valley. I was pretty sticky by the time I finished. No pics, you’re welcome.
Also, I misjudged my distance yet again and ended having to walk about 2.5k back to my car. I thought about running it to make a solid half marathon distance, but then realized that would be a bad idea and had a nice relaxing walk instead. On a positive note, at least I’ve got a route all planned for my 21k run next weekend! 🙂 Also, apparently I climbed more than 125 floors worth of hills:
I have my short recovery run today followed by suspension yoga (it’s been two weeks so I’m excited to get back at it). Have a great Sunday!
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