Last week’s workouts were fantastic, in part thanks to the arrival of true summer weather. The sun shined on all of my runs, which is a big deal in the Seattle area. Literally, last week we were contemplating what it would be like to live in Eastern Washington. This week, my normal route felt magical. Even with a bit of an IT band ache, my legs and lungs craved mileage.
Monday: 5 mile easy run & strength training
When I took the dogs out for their morning walk, I was greeted by a steady downpour. I wagered that if I spend a few more minutes drinking coffee, I could possibly wait out the rain. When Ollie and I started our run, it was lightly drizzling; by the end, blue skies and sunshine were breaking through the clouds. I went from lamenting our lack of summer to marveling at the perfect running weather.
We were able to remove Ollie’s cone on Friday and his paws looked healed, so he joined me on this short run. Ollie was so happy and excited to get out for a run!
For strength training, I used the kettlebell for most exercises:
Kettlebell squat thruster
Kettlebell single leg deadlifts
Kettlebell curtsey lunge
Kettlebell bent over row
Tuesday: 7 miles
I was ready for more miles, but apparently, my IT band wasn’t. It made its presence known on this run, I suspect due to all the turns and hills in last weekend’s 5K race. Other than a few twinges on the outside of my knee, this run felt good.
Wednesday: 4 miles & strength training
Before enjoying the day off with some beer and brats, Ryan and I went for a short run and then headed to the gym. My strength workout utilized the barbell, which I am enjoying more and more each time I use it.
The workout was 3 sets of each exercise:
Barbell front squats (45 lbs)
Barbell deadlifts (65 lbs)
Barbell push press (45 lbs)
Barbell hip thrust (45 lbs)
Flexed arm hang
Currently, I’m only using just the bar for most exercises, since I’m focused on mobility and form as well as strength and power.
We made also s’mores, which are my current summer dessert obsession:
Thursday: Active rest day
We originally planned to go for a hike in the eastern part of Stevens Pass. After a poor night’s sleep from loud fireworks and PMS fatigue, I asked Ryan if we could just skip the hike. Instead, we took a leisurely three-mile walk through the town center with the dogs, stopping partway for kombucha and gelato.
Friday: 5 mile easy run
I ran Ollie for four miles through the boardwalk and we encountered about that many snakes as well. Ollie wildly snapped at one in a puddle; we had to stop to wait for another to slither away on the boardwalk. I’m improving on my fear of snakes; I used to be terrified of them. I grew up in the St. Louis area, where copperheads would linger on our front porch. I’ve learned that the snakes in the Seattle area are garter snakes that are harmless. (Now, Eastern Washington is different, and every time we talk about hiking there, I go into a panic and review my CPR for dealing with rattlesnake bites.)
After Ollie’s run, I ran Charlie for one mile, thankfully with no snake encounters. Once we returned home, I did 20 minutes of Pilates and some band exercises to fix this lingering knee issue.
Saturday: 6 mile easy run
This was one of those runs that felt effortless and smooth the entire time. Ryan, Ollie, and I ran six easy miles mid-morning and the temperature was a comfortable 60 degrees.
Sunday: Rest day
The dog park is perfect for warm summer weekends. Ollie swam while Charlie socialized and Ryan and I soaked up some sunshine.
Do you encounter snakes on your runs?
How was your week of running?