Barberry Training Log 6/4 – 6/10

Another week of surviving the heat and humidity has come and gone (with a day of reprieve in between!). Right now as I type, we are FINALLY getting some much needed rain (and thunder and lightning). I’m hoping this gets our grass a little greener! It was also my birthday on the 9th, we spent some time celebrating my 31st trip around the sun. Here is what this week of running and workouts brought for me!

6/4 – Nothing. That is what I did after work. I did get a short walk break in at lunch. These little breaks help keep my sanity on my long work days when I am at work for nearly 12 hours!

 

6/5 – After work, I took advantage of a little bit of a cooldown in the weather (high 70’s instead of high 80’s!) and went for a walk around my neighborhood. I did about 2 miles of walking, and enjoyed jamming out to some tunes during my jaunt outside.

6/6 – Happy global running day! See some of my running adventures over the last year in the photo to the right! The short cooldown continued and I got to run in temperatures in the high 50’s! It felt pretty miraculous and much less swampy. I did 4 miles at a 10:08 min/mi pace (1 walk break about halfway through the run). There were quite a few people out on the trails taking advantage of the weather. What a great way to celebrate our special running holiday. It definitely put me in good spirits.  I followed up my run with some yoga. I did not do my strength moves today, but I did a lot of planks and lunge-like movements in yoga, surely that counts for something, right?

 

6/7 – Working hard to make sure all of my paperwork is complete before going out of town next week means I did not do much activity. I always say that my job would be so much better without all of that pesky paperwork … ugh. Also, Mother Nature’s quick break from the high heat and humidity ended today. Hello high 80’s and 90 degree temperatures. I didn’t miss you.

 

6/8 – A humid early morning run before work. Ran 3 miles in 10:10 min/mi pace. There are a lot of small ponds in my neighborhood, which means there are also packs of geese floating around. I make sure to give them a wide berth. Those suckers are mean. I haven’t been chased yet, but I’ve been hissed at many a time on the run.

 

6/9 – Happy birthday to me! One of my gifts to myself was to make sure I got my run in! I slept in a little longer than I should have, so it was a little warmer than I would have liked for this run. Holy humidity! I did 5 miles in 10:08 min/mi pace, with 3 minutes total of walk breaks thrown in there. This was one of those runs where you just sit in front of a fan for at least 10 minutes after it is done. Which I did. It was a stinky, sweaty way to celebrate my day of birth. My husband and I went on a downtown adventure after this, including a few miles on the Pacers Bike share bicycles around the trails downtown. It was warm, but a fun way to see downtown. We biked at least 4 miles and got a lot of walking in, so another workout! He also took me to one of the local cat cafes, where you can pet adoptable cats whilst enjoying beverages. They were sleepy kitties, but it was fun! We ended the evening by watching my cousin play in the Indiana High School Boys All-Star game against the Kentucky All-Stars. I was definitely tired by the end of this evening. Whew!

 

6/10 – Convinced myself to do a few strength training moves today before we head out of town tomorrow!

 

It’s been a good week! Next week is going to get a little funky with us being out of town, not sure what it will bring running-wise. I will just make sure to bring my running clothes with me :)

 

Also, foot update. The heel cups seem to help quite a bit while I am on my feet all day at work (heel cups can be seen in my cover photo!). With the first mile of running, there is usually some discomfort, but this fades away after that. I am usually sore after a run and try to be good about icing it. I would say things aren’t perfect, for sure, but they do seem to be helping some.

A born and raised Hoosier running to stay sane. I've done 5Ks to marathons, but am currently running to enjoy running. I'm an orthopedic physical therapist, with clinical specialization in treating people with vestibular disorders. Other things I specialize in? Knowing the lyrics to every Backstreet Boys song and being an awesome cat mom! Living with Crohn's disease, but trying to show it who really is the boss.

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  1. Happy Birthday! Sounds like a fantastic day, especially the part with the cat cafe :) Glad the foot is holding up, too.