I started the week by trying to run a few miles in my temporary new neighborhood. We're staying with friends for the next two weeks until our house closes. It's worked out really well so far!
It was a little slow because I was feeling pretty beat, and I didn't know where I was going so I hit some intense hills. At least the scenery was pretty!
The next morning, I got up super early to run with my housemate (?), which was awesome because now I have a running buddy!
A little slow again, but I think it's a triumph to run that fast and be able to hold a conversation! Also: we saw a bunny rabbit, and more importantly, A DEER.
From across the street! Chelsey grabbed my arm and told me to stop and this deer just stared at us. It was so awesome!!
A little hard to see, but still sooo cool! It was also awesome to end our workout by 6am. I felt like time was infinite - like I could do any task and still have time to do whatever I wanted! - but of course, I took a nap. Ho-hum.
Since we only did 3.3 miles, and I had 5 miles written down to complete, I just finished it out after my voice lesson. It kind of sucked that it was so much hotter, but I got to work on my speed a little more.
Yikes! Super hot. But at least it was short?
The next morning, I started to realize that if I only ran 3 miles in the morning with Chelsey, and then took a huge break and ran again later in the day, it wouldn't really be training for longer distances at all - more like just short distances. So, the next morning, I told Chelsey I'd run with her for 3 miles, and then I'd run by myself. I felt perfectly safe, as the sun is almost fully out, and there are even other runners out in the neighborhood!
I was pretty happy about it - the first three miles with Chelsey got faster and faster, and after I took a breather, the second three miles just got faster and faster, even though they started slower. This one was a struggle - her neighborhood is really hilly, and hard to get used to. My hamstrings were really sore for two days after this!
The morning views are absolutely stunning!!
I enjoyed a well deserved sleep in, and performed the NTC Beginner Get Strong Pump Station, but I feel like I only did about 3/4ths of it because my hamstrings were still so sore. Remember, I'm going to dance class every weeknight from 6pm-10pm!
Today I got back at it, and drove the 30 minutes to my marathon training park (Marymoor Park) - though it's so nice that we get to stay with our friends, they're pretty far away from the things we're used to - so I could run 7 un-hilly miles. They felt great, though it was a bit cold!
60 degrees (and windy!) is a bit chilly when running in short sleeves - I would have been much more comfortable in long sleeves, but of course all my long sleeved workout tops are in storage. Womp, womp!
I wasted some gas and drove all the way back to Issaquah so I could shower, and then drove all the way back to Redmond so I could go to a Restore Yoga class, but it was SO worth it. My hamstrings aren't screaming at me anymore, and I just feel so relaxed! With the additional nightly dance classes, I'm only going to Restore Yoga classes instead of trying to add on Power Yoga. I think it's probably really smart.
Phew, so here we are! The week will continue with more running, with a much needed break on Sunday - I can't wait!