Elevation Profile

Elevation profile of a long run today.  That bit between mile 5 and 6 was every bit as fun as it looks. 


All of the Running

I started counting my calories again a week or two ago.  Since then, my sleeping has been all messed up and I've had some serious problems waking up in the morning.  Perhaps because I'm hungry?  I'd been doing all of my running in the afternoon and evening which was fine until Labor Day weekend.  Also known as the weekend of beautiful messes.  And me getting up early.

Friday: I woke up before 7am, which doesn't sound early but I was happy for myself.
Run: 4 miles
Stretch: I foam rolled a few minutes in the morning after running.  I did this stretching video before bed.
Other: Rehearsal, then rehearsal dinner.

Saturday: I woke up at 5:15am.  Or more correctly my body got out of bed at that time.  The actual waking process took much longer I'm sure.  It was worth it because sunrise over the lake was really special.
Run: 9 miles, no heart rate monitor
Finisher: 11 minutes
Stretch: 6 minutes, this video.  It was just enough to get me ready for the day.
Other: Salon, lots of pictures, ceremony and a big party because Qat Lady got married!!!

Sunday: I woke at 6am, not on purpose, but couldn't really get up.  I fell back asleep and eventually pulled myself out of bed around 9:30am. 
Run: 4 miles, no heart rate monitor
Stretch: 15 minute foam rolling with this video.  I skip the first 5 minutes where she talks about different foam rollers after I heard it the first time. 
Other: Opening gifts brunch for Qat Lady and Mr Qat Lady


Top Selfie Moments

A friend posted on his blog 'top 5 moments' he's captured in photographs.  Many of my favorite times involve nature, which is why there's so many photos of lakes on this blog.  But many of my moments also involve friends and family.  Here's a top 10 in the past year.  In reviewing these I learned that Mom is really a good sport, and I don't have very many pics of Qat Lady nor My Pooky Bear. 


A PSA to my future self - weather in September

I did actually workout today.  Even though I haven't been able to get up in the morning to run since starting counting calories.  Tomorrow is moving day though; I have to get up because I won't have any other time all day to run.

Run: I had a plan to do 3 miles on the track before Zumba.  I got started early and felt good, so decided to go for 4 miles instead.  I felt pretty good the entire time and was able to keep my heart rate nice and even.

Walk: I had a cool down walk after the run, plus a couple bonus laps with Lucinda.

Zumba: We had a sub tonight.  I generally like this sub.  Mostly.  Her dance style is different and it's a really good workout for my hips.  I was mostly ignoring all the jumping and all the things she wanted me to do with my arms.  Whatever.

Foam Rolling: I've been using this video for foam rolling.  I like the multiple calf and quad exercises.  I ignore the part where he wants me to roll my lats, triceps or pecs.  No woman wants to foam roll anything near her chest.  Ever.

Weather: Just a PSA to my future self here.  Early September still has more light than dark, and it's still hot.  Calm down.


7 Miles - Lake Nokomis

I'm not going to lie; I'm actually pretty proud of myself for running today.  I do long runs on Sundays about never anymore.  It's dawning on me that I need to practice running longish on both Saturdays and Sundays, at least for the next few weeks, so I'm ready for The Loony Challenge

Yesterday I did 8 miles on the Greenway, using a run/walk interval to keep my heart rate low.  Today I used a similar interval, but did 7 miles including Lake Nokomis which was packed.  It was hotter than blue blazes today so my pace was frustratingly slow.  Whatever.  I did a finisher of backwards pivots, side twists, walking bicycles and walking leg raises. 


August 2014 Monthly Totals

What Worked Well: Exploring while running.  I'm still finding some new places to run including Buffalo, Orrock (which was a fail, but I think I could find a way to make it work sometime), Elk River, and new paths to Downtown Minneapolis.  I found two new running routes in Cincinnati as well.

What Worked Well Part Two: This foam rolling instruction video is responsible for over half of those 'stretching' minutes.  I skip the first five minutes where she talks about the different foam rollers.  The only thing that would make it better is if she did the 'back release' exercises again at the end of the video. 

What Could Go Better: Finishers.  I know I said that last month too, and I tried to do more this month.  It worked for about a week before I fell out again.  I will just have to be more purposeful about when I do them.

What Could Go Better Part Two: I've had several longer runs go super slow, trying to keep a low heart rate.  Why are they so slow?  Because I'm running in the evening and it's hot.  This is a double edge sword of course, because all of my 'exploration runs' are in the afternoon and evening, and I'd have to get my ass out of bed in the morning and run to avoid this.  Sigh. 

Biggest Surprise: Zero elliptical miles.  I'm not a huge fan of the elliptical like I used to be.  I do find it's great for long workouts with an even heart rate. I guess I'm having an 'it's summer and I refuse to be inside' part of my training.

Plan for next month: Continue to stretch.  Continue to explore while running.  Finishers after all long runs, at at least one other day a week.