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Sunday, August 2, 2020

A Change of Pace

Following the news of the cancellation of my fall race, I took this week to regroup. I'm having a hard time getting my head around all that is happening in the world and in my own little world. It's been overwhelming, to say the least. I shared a lot of that on Friday's post--since this is my weekly training recap, I won't go into details here.

Always a sure thing, this week even running couldn't help me shake off my funk. I blame a lot of that on the swampy conditions we had here all week. Although I had the beginning of the week off work, we mostly hung out at home. I did get my workouts in and at the end of the week, had run 93.3 miles for the month of July. Darn, so close to 100! Not bad, all things considered--steamy hot weather, my mental funk, and that race cancellation. Not to mention a little bit of RA stiffness and pain. 

I'm looking ahead to the cooler conditions of fall and I've optimistically got a few things on the calendar. I'll share more on Tuesday's post. The running must go on!


Weekly Rundown
Monday: CrossFit
Tuesday: Trail run 6 miles
WIednesday: Run 10k (virtual BTN10)
Thursday: strength training
Friday: run 4 miles
Saturday: SUP
Sunday: run 6 miles

Running:
One of my fellow All Community Events ambassadors is battling colon cancer. He was doing a run streak, even running through radiation therapy! A few weeks ago, he had surgery and has now started chemo. Since he has been unable to run since then, his wife organized a sign up for people to keep his streak alive by running for him. Tuesday was my turn and I ran 6 trail miles. I'm hoping to see him back on his feet soon. 



My son and I signed up for the virtual BTN Big 10 race, running for the Wisconsin Badgers. I ran the 10k on Wednesday, running on the bike path. With all my focus on training for my trail race, I haven't run on the path in quite a while. I got a late start and it was warm, but I have to say that it felt good to put on my road shoes. My son ran his 10k on Friday in under 55 minutes! Pretty sweet, considering he's not a distance runner and didn't train for it. This would be a fun race to do IRL. Here's to hoping to have the opportunity to run it next year.


We were up at the lake again this weekend and I took advantage of a cool morning to run some of the hills around where we stay. I forgot to pack my running socks--sheesh-- and I wore a spare pair of throwaway socks I keep in my bag. It could have been a recipe for disaster. I lubed up my feet with vaseline and hoped for the best. I was pleasantly surprised that my feet were fine at the end of the run. I ran up almost all the hills on my route without stopping to walk or catch my breath. This run made me look forward to the cooler mornings of fall and some more confidence building runs!


CrossFit/Strength:
It's official. We're back to calling it CrossFit again. After the controversial CEO of CF resigned, new leadership took over and the affiliates resumed their relationship with the organization. ,I'm just there for the workouts. Monday's WOD had pistol squats, KB rotational pull throughs, and handstand pushups for the strength portion. I worked on handstand negatives, dropping down to a pad on the floor but not pushing up. The MetCon was 'Helen', 3 rounds for time, of 400m run, 21 KB swings (I did 25#), and 12 pullups (I used a band). I loved this traditional CF WOD; I was also feeling those pistols for a couple of days!


On Thursday, Sammy Jo brought the pistols back! Before she had me do those, I worked on back squats with a 3 second hold on the bottom (100#) and 3 regular back squats x 5 sets. I alternated those with banded plank rows--those were intended to work on core stability and yes they did! After that I did the pistol squats alternating with the agility ladder. She had me do a variety of movements on the ladder and that just was so much fun!


On the Water
When we arrived at the lake Saturday morning, I took the SUP out for a paddle while I waited for my son to arrive. Compared to last weekend, the humidity was lower and the temperatures were pleasant. It was pretty much the perfect summer day!


I was so excited to go waterskiing. We loaded up the boat, headed out to the bay, and wouldn't you know it, the motor wouldn't drop down. It had given us trouble the previous weekend, but my husband worked on it and thought it would be ok. No such luck and all of us were disappointed. 2020 just is the gift that keeps on giving, isn't it? We motored back to the house, with the motor in the up position. We got a lot of funny looks from other boaters. Nothing to see here people! We spent the afternoon just hanging out in the backyard, playing bags. Later that evening, my son and I took a paddle out to watch the sunset. We got more than we bargained for when we spotted an amorous couple snuggling in the bay, their kayaks drifing away. Get A Room! And no, I didn't take a picture of them.


The sunset was magnificient. I took this from the channel, where we enjoyed a fire in the backyard. We did a good job making lemonade from the lemons we were handed this weekend!
 

How was your week? Have you gotten any cooler temperatures? Any gifts from 2020? Tell me something good that happened!

I'm linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Rundown. 




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  1. Love your beautiful pictures and strong work! We had the UK's 3rd hottest day EVER on Thursday which was a bit shocking - I ran in the morning which was thankfully OK.

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    1. Isn't it crazy how warm it's been? Nice work on getting a run done in the heat!

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  2. I missed your Friday post but I'm right there with you on just struggling to understand everything. The last couple of weeks were really tough and I don't think my small running break helped things. I realised I need to run to get through all of this. Then on Friday we were sent into Lockdown again so that hit me hard and I've spent the weekend moping around. But I'm determined to start this week a lot more positive.

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    1. Are you able to get outside and run? Or are you completely locked down? We're here for you Shiastho!

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  3. I am going to look at your Friday post, since I missed it. I think lots of people can identify with your unsettled feelings. I sure can! So sorry about your canceled race. That is disappointing. Glad to see you are still getting out and putting the trail miles in.

    I am going to have to check out the Big 10 race. I wonder if I could run it for Penn State?

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  4. Your lake time looks wonderful. Especially that sunset. Hope your boat get fixed for more waterskiing adventures.

    Running in the summer is tough. I just have to take it slow. Not even doing any virtuals.

    Hope your friend’s treatment is successful. That puts it all in perspective.

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    1. I'm so glad his wife set up the runs. It really does put things in perspective!

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  5. OMG that sunset is amazing! So sorry about your fellow ambassador. What a sweet thing y'all are doing for him.

    Summer running really doesn't fill my bucket. Never has, never will, and this year has been particularly bad. No doubt due to circumstances. Although every once in a while we have a cool day that reminds me there's hope, LOL!

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    1. And that's why we run in the heat! Money in the running bank and those fall runs feel so good.

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  6. We're pushing triple digits this week. Ugh. So glad I'm a morning person - I was on my bike shortly after 5:30 yesterday.

    We just got back from lunch - we ate at a restaurant for the first time since March! We've done a ton of take out, but not eaten at a restaurant. Outdoor dining only, but I couldn't believe how "normal" it felt to just hear other people talking. And no dishes to wash!

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    1. We ate in a restaurant in northern Wisconsin in July. The tables were socially distanced; the servers were wearing masks. I'm uncomfortable with it now, tho. Too many cases.

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  7. Your trip to the lake sounds so wonderful and relaxing!
    We had a respite from the heat this week and I hope it continues. I can handle the heat, but I'm looking forward to cooler weather runs, especially with the stroller.

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  8. Your lake day sounds relaxing and fun despite the water skiing snafu. Yes 2020 is going to be a doozy for sure. I am trying to keep appreciating the little things and the good health of my friends and family. It's not easy some days. Traveling this weekend has been really stressful

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  9. We're starting to cool down and it's so nice. We'll have a few mornings in the 50s next week so it's runner party time! Hey it really doesn't take much to make me happy in 2020!

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  10. Well, even without a marathon happening, I was having a decent summer...until this whole Max thing. I can't believe how much stress this cute little dog's condition has brought us. Thankfully, it will not last forever...and certainly will not last as long as 2020 LOL Our weather has really been a roller coaster ride this week...cold in the mornings and then hot by afternoon (but with continued high humidity most days).

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  11. So incredibly sweet of you to continue running miles for your friend's run streak. Sending him positive thoughts as he starts this new phase in his battle.

    I'm glad that Crossfit now has a new CEO. I read about the issues with the previous CEO and wow - what a tool.

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    1. Yeah, he was something else! I'm kind of neutral on the whole thing--happy just to have a place to work out!

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  12. Glad you were able to get away to the lake again! Sorry you had some issues but that sunset looks amazing! I bet it was nice to enjoy some cooler weather and get in some good runs.

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    1. I sure hope we get the boat fixed! But yes, it is nice to get away.

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  13. Oh wow, just read about the CEO. What a jerk!

    Your weekends at the lake are so relaxing. Sometimes I want to get away just to get away. :-)

    I am also looking forward to Fall weather. It is my favorite season for running.

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  14. How nice to get away to the lake as often as you do. Glad to hear CrossFit reached a truce with its gyms. What a mess that was. Beautiful sunset on the water....have I seen better?? :P

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  15. Your time at the lake looks amazing — even with boat trouble! What your group is doing for your fellow running is brilliant, and so moving. I really love that idea. I hope you have a good week.

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  16. I didn't realize the CrossFit name was back! Moving on, then, right?

    Sorry about the boat motor. That stinks. But at least you were able to salvage the day! I love all the time you are getting on the water.

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    1. Hoping we get that motor up, I mean down, and running! I need some more lake time and waterskiing. Summer is way too short here!

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  17. Nice to run miles to help keep your fellow ambassador's streak alive. I'm sending good thoughts his way.

    Looks like some good times at the lake despite your motor troubles. I'm glad you were able to get away. I would give anything to escape all that's going on just for a little bit.

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    1. Going back again next weekend, hopefully to get the boat running!

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  18. The lake looks like a wonderful getaway! I've never had a boat, but they sound finicky! Bummer on the boat problem.

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  19. Wow, that's a spectacular sunset! Sounds like you had a good time at the lake in spite of the problem with the motor :)

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  20. How nice that you and your sick friend's other running friends are running miles to keep his streak alive. I'm sure he's enjoying hearing all about those runs.

    What a bummer about your boat, but it sounds like you made the most of your time on the water. And that sunset... Wow!

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