Week 10: Last, last week tonight!

Very late with this update from 2 weeks ago but Week 10 went pretty great!   The highlight was running the Old Glory Relay with Team Red, White & Blue (RWB) on 9/11.   The OGR will run/walk/bike the flag from Boston to San Diego from 9/11 and ending on the West Coast on 11/11 – Veteran’s Day.  I recently joined Team RWB in Manchester, NH and this was my first event with them.  It was a great day and I met a lot of great runners and veterans from New England and the national Team RWB.  The relay is still going on and you can support Team RWB at Team RWB

Monday.  OTF workout.

Tuesday.  Old Glory Run Boston!  The OGR kicked off with a small gathering at Fenway park in Boston on 9/11.  Team RWB and the sponsors said a few words and then the flag was off and running (or walking or biking).   I jumped in the car and headed to leg 5 transition point in Roslindale.  I waited around for a while and then another team RWB member came running along.  I got the flag and ran leg 5 and 6 through Roslindale.   I didn’t know the route and there were a lot of turns, so i wrote the turns on my arm – poor man’s GPS tracking app!  They had the route on a biking app called Ride, but you had to pay $60 to get turn by turn directions, hence the low budget but effective Sharpie options!  After a quick stop at Starbucks to refuel (I was starving having driven down to Boston at 0500 to make it to the kickoff by sun up), we drove over to Walpole and I ran leg 16.  The relay support folks leap frog from transition point to the next.  They snapped this great picture of me where i almost look like I’m running and the flag is perfectly flying behind me!   The relay continued on to Providence, Rhode Island that afternoon and then on from there the next day.  They run during daylight hours for the next 62 days ending in San Diego on Veteran’s day, 11/11/18.

 

Thursday.
Orange Theory.  I hate it when I just barely miss 400 calories!  I was working hard though and got 1 point in the ‘red zone’ that was legit (and not the heart monitor going haywire, which often explains my time in the “red zone”!)

Foggy Friday run.  My plan called for a 10 mile tempo run but i managed to run 7.7 foggy miles.   I finished my latest book on tape (audio file from the library) so that was a plus.

Sunday long run, 20 miles and no fog!  So I decided to go for it on my long run and go for 20 miles.  I didn’t realize it would turn out to be a beautiful day, I left the house without my sunglasses but glad that i ran back in to grab them.  I actually got a little sunburn and temps were pushing 80F after a cool and foggy weekend to that point.  I also hit 900 miles this year with this run so that is pretty exciting.    I’ll hit 1000 in early October.

see you out there,

-Jenn

Week 9: A rest day or 3 and apple cake

Last week was an off week and maybe I needed a break from working out all 7 days last week. I took off Monday, Thursday and Friday. And Saturday I slept in but then decided last minute to hit the gym for the 10:30am class. It was a good workout and I felt a lot better afterwards. I really pushed up the calorie burn, maybe because I was off days before but I hit over 400 calories which doesn’t happen all the time.

This week’s baking challenge – Apple cake.  It wasn’t so much of a challenge as we have made this recipe before.  We had a bunch of other first-time recipes to try and we also tried English muffins- gluten free of course.   The muffins taste exactly like Thomas’s English muffins that i remember, but they did not rise enough so were more dense and didn’t look great.  We will retry that recipe later on (not pictured here).   For the apple recipe, it’s adapted from one that I used to make years ago.  Apple picking is already in full swing and there were tons on the trees.

 

Planned  miles = 27 | Actual miles = 23.9

Monday.  Nothing to report.

Tuesday.  Orange theory in the morning and then track workout on the treadmill.  Still super hot outside so sought refuge in the basement.   2 x 1600 and 2 x 800

Wednesday. OTF.  Arrived about 5 mins late but still got it done.

Thursday.   zero activity

Friday.  zero activity.

Saturday.   Slept in and decided at 10am to hit the 1030 OTF class.  All this rest must have gave me the energy to really push my limits.   Over 400 calories burned (per their tracking system)!

Sunday.  I was toying with the idea of doing at least 18 miles or even up to 20 but in the end I ran 13.  I was feeling really stiff from overdoing it at OTF on Saturday.  The Camelbak continues to work well, though there was some sloshing.  I failed to get all the air out to start and the water tasted a little soapy.  I cleaned it last week but needs more rinsing.  Lessons learned!  the weather was great and really cooled down from the heatwave of the past few weeks.

Share a Coke with Jennifer, well of course i had to partake.

Next week’s goals:  Take more photos while out running.  Stretch goal:  Take a jumping picture.  Any running blogger wannabe should be able to pull that off right?   Jump up to 20 miles for the long run?

find me on Strava,

-Jenn