March 31, 2012

Recovery week and Sam's Club pricing tricks

After taking three days off from running, I wasn't sure that I would ever start again. On Tuesday, I started to think about how good it felt just to lounge around not worry about my training-for-a-marathon job. Maybe I should turn that into something, like Yo Momma Stopped Running. 

Monday: Bodypump and spin class
Tuesday: one and a half hours of hilly lawn mowing. It was no joke the hardest lawn mowing ever, and my hands are still bruised from pushing the mower. Maybe we should have splurged on a self-propelled mower. 
Wednesday: 5 miles, track run, average pace 7:38. Not sure how running that fast happened. Guess I was excited to be back.
Thursday: 6 miles at marathon pace, track run, average pace 8:05. Stopped 3 miles short of my goal because I'm still trying to take it easy on my ankle. 
Friday: 5 miles, treadmill, average pace 8:47. Then added 2 miles, track run, average pace 7:22. 
Saturday: 10.15 miles with my big brother, hills and some off road (botanical garden paths and weirdy stair paths), average pace 9:32. 

For the long run, we climbed 1,209 ft. Here are the Garmin graphs that I love to stare at after my runs. 


That first hill was a killer, but I'm hoping it was good practice for the half marathon in Lynchburg, TN, next weekend. I've already gotten three emails from the race organizers describing how agonizing the hills are and how you cannot be too prepared. 

My heart rate was all over the place with the hills. When I'm on the treadmill or track, my heart rate looks like this.  


This particularly chart is from Friday, 2 miles on the track at 7:22 average pace. Steady, steady climb vs. crazy peaks and valleys.

And this is how my ankle felt this week.


That means it was sorta kinda pretty good OK, but with a sometimes twinge. I'm definitely living up my rest day tomorrow and maybe going to cut out some of the miles again next week to preserve my ankle for races on April 7th (half), 21st (15k), and 28th (marathon). 

In other news, here I am in our gym bathroom. I love that they have private restrooms right off the track. Remember this post. So I really like having bathrooms handy. 


And the spring blossoms are starting to melt off of their branches, so here's one more picture to memorialize them. 


 Yo Daughter represents with her Texas-style boots.


This week's favorite grocery store purchase is Numi rooibos herbal tea. My sister introduced me to this flavor and brand, but I haven't been able to find them together again. They carry the brand at our Whole Foods but not in rooibos, and I've found rooibos that isn't Numi. It was decent, but Numi is definitely my favorite brand for rooibos. Oddly, I found this at our Neighborhood Wal-Mart. Have you been to one of those? It's a grocery store only, so you miss out on the usual Wal-Mart crowds. This is also where I discovered that their gallon of chocolate milk is $.75 cheaper than the exact same brand and gallon at Sam's Club. I feel like I'm being tricked. What other things are marked up past the regular grocery store price?


Do you ever shop at a membership-only store? Yes, but now I'm going to have to keep my hawky-eagle eyes out for pricing tricks. 

How do you measure your effort in a workout? Feel, monitor, breathing? I usually measure by feel, but I like to look at the charts afterwards to see how hard I was really working.

What was your favorite food splurge this week?