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Easing Back in Might be the Key

I ran twice this past week – walking/running as the mood struck Pablo on Monday and steady running on Friday. On Monday I felt completely normal and I felt great on Friday until my speed picked up when I quit paying attention to my pace. What’s next in my attempt to get back to regular running? I don’t think I have a choice but to go back to run/walk intervals and when running, paying more attention to my pace rather than running on how I feel. Stay tuned, it’s certainly a work in progress…


Overview of the Week

Before discussing each day’s workouts, here’s an overview of my workouts from this past week. Scroll down for daily details…



Rather than just sitting, I hopped on my treadmill (affiliate link) and walked 2 miles at a relaxing 19:05 pace while gabbing with my mom. Multitasking at it’s best!



I took Pablo out for just over a mile walk and he was in a frisky mood and wanted to run, jump, and play. Perhaps running in my rain boots wasn’t the brightest idea, but I do have an old  pair of my custom orthotics in them so I didn’t feel any weird foot pain. It was a good combination of run/walking – perhaps Pablo understood my new easing back into running routine. Later in the day I did an hour of strength training.



It was 45° (feels like 40°) and a little breezy when I headed out for a 10K late morning walk on the W&OD Trail. With an average pace of 14:27 I felt like I got a decent cardio workout. While out, I stopped by Wine’ing Butcher to check out their new Taco Tuesday menu and preordered chicken tacos for me and steak for Bill. We walked the 1-mile roundtrip (16:28 pace) at 5:30 PM to pick up our tacos and they didn’t disappoint!



I squeezed in an hour of strength training in the late morning and then let the day get away from me without doing any cardio…



I multi-tasked by riding my spin bike (affiliate link) for 22 miles at a 17.2 MPH average speed while training a client. I had planned to finish before starting our FaceTime session, but got busy doing paperwork and didn’t get going in time. I asked my client if she minded if I stayed on my bike and she didn’t so I kept pedaling away. Once we finished our sessions, I stretched for 10 minutes – I forgotten to stretch after my other workouts earlier in the week.



Prior to logging on with my first client, I set out to do an easy 5K with the hopes of completing it without any pain in my right leg/calf, but just after hitting two miles I felt that familiar tightening so I stopped. Trying to keep it slow and comfortable, I’d checked my Garmin (affiliate link) a few times in the early part of my run and seemed to be hanging around a 10:20 pace; however, when I checked my watch afterward I was surprised to see my average pace was 9:58. Obviously, I had sped up and need to pay more attention to my pace rather than running on how I feel.

Back in the house earlier than planned I started my strength workout, but didn’t finish before it was time to log on with my 6:30 AM client so I had to finish my workout after we wrapped up. Later, during my Balance and Stretching class, I got in 15 minutes of total body stretching.



With  an exciting day ahead, I was up early and spinning away on my bike (20 miles at a 16.7 MPH average) in the basement before heading to our son and daughter-in-law’s new home where we spent the rest of the day helping unpack boxes the movers had just delivered. Even though I carried very few boxes, I was exhausted (in a good way) after a day of bending over and pulling things out of boxes –  talk about a great functional training workout!


Here’s What You Might Have Missed

In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…


  • • Do you do your workouts within a certain timeframe or spread them out over the day?
  • • What’s your favorite type of taco? ~ Shrimp is my favorite, but these chicken tacos were amazing!
  • • Did you run in a race this weekend? If so, was it live or virtual?


And that’s my rundown… Have a great week!




I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Run Down. Be sure to check out not only the hosts’ posts, but those of the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!


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