Weekly Wrap #17
This past week was full of smoke, and thankfully this week is starting to clear up (a little bit). Between the numerous wildfires north of us in Canada, to the two wildfires south of us, thick smoke has filled the skies. Luckily the ones south of us have been over 50% contained, but there are so many in Canada, I am unsure of their current standings. It is easy to mistake it as Pacific Northwest fog, but don't be fooled. The mountains have been difficult to see and I've heard people down in Seattle have had days where the mountains can't even be seen at all! Our air quality has been rated poor and the weather has given us hot days with no rain in sight. People with heart disease or breathing problems have been advised to stay indoors whenever possible, which left me heading out for a run as a test to see if my lungs would freak out or if it'd be somewhat normal. Thankfully the air hasn't affected or bothered me at all, so I am happy about that!
MONDAY: RAN 13.21 miles @7:38 pace on treadmill + walked .5 miles
TUESDAY: RAN 3.44 miles @9:26 pace on trails
WEDNESDAY: Walked 1 mile
THURSDAY: RAN 15.33 miles @9:00 pace + walked 2.20 miles w/stroller
FRIDAY: RAN 7.13 miles @9:14 pace w/ stroller
Total weekly miles: 42.81
On Monday we hit the gym and I hopped on the treadmill for my weekly indoor run. I've been using the treadmill to focus on speedwork, either interval training or tempo runs for shorter distances. After reaching 8 miles at a 7:24 pace, I thought, "What the heck?!" and decided to shoot for a faster half marathon pace. Yes, obviously the treadmill isn't like the roads, but I try to start at 1% and adjust the incline up at different parts of the run. My 3-4 other outdoor weekly runs are very hilly and have a nice amount of elevation gain. Even though it was "unofficial" and on a treadmill, I managed to cut off 3:08 off my half marathon PR. I finished in 1:40:53, which comes out to a 7:38 pace. Ultra training sure has had its benefits, like making 13.2 miles seem like a shorter run. 😀
Our family has been making the best effort we can to enjoy the remainder of summer. We have so many months of cloudy, rainy days that it would be a bummer to pass up this nice weather. Two of the dog parks here are located next to lakes, which is a perfect way for your furry pal to cool off and splash around! Remi ventured into the water for her first time and she even had a full-fledged swim session that had lots of people laughing! It was the funniest thing to see this huge pit bull puppy grinning and having the time of her life while swimming in the lake. She seriously looked like a dolphin or mermaid hahaha!
Even though it was only a short 3.44 miles, I was very thankful to get some toddler-free time alone on the trails. The mental state change and feeling of freedom while trail running versus road running is insanely different! I thoroughly embrace and enjoy the time I'm able to spend on the dirt, surrounded by huge trees, sword ferns, and beautiful moss. Eisley definitely prefers when we go on the trails too! We enjoy the birds singing, squirrels running up the trees, and searching for deer. She likes foraging for wild blackberries, huckleberries, and salmon berries along the way. Who wouldn't want to be pushed around while eating delicious, wild treats?!
Once again, I'm linking up with Tricia and Holly for the Weekly Wrap! They've started a new Guest Host Series for the Weekly Wrap and this week's host is Heather from 3 Black Cat Co.