June 9-15 Training

Maybe there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but on Friday I learned about a free 8K run the next morning in Kitty Hawk.  Held to increase publicity for a worthy organization, the Carolina Estuarine Reserve Foundation (CERF), the course took the couple dozen participants along woods, through a quaint sound-side village complete with goats and horses in yards, over a stretch of hilly, rooty trail, and across an old covered bridge — all for an optional $5 raffle ticket. Oh, and the cost of gas to drive an hour to the Outer Banks.

OK, so there’s no such thing as a free run either. At least it made for an extra scenic and fun one!

June 9-15

Monday –  4 miles easy (treadmill), took Pilates class

Tuesday — Taught Pilates

Wednesday —  35 min. Spinning; 6.25 miles easy (road)

Thursday —  8.25 miles with 3 X 1 mile at ~7:40 min/miles (path); taught Pilates

Friday – Rest

Saturday — 12.5 including Kitty Hawk Woods 8K (path and trail)

Sunday — 8 miles easy (road), yoga DVD

Totals:  ~  39 miles running, 1 Spinning workout, 4 yoga/pilates practices

Good stuff: The heat wave simmered down, and all of a sudden 80-85 degrees feels comfortable as long as it’s not in direct sun. Heat acclimating seems to be going much better this summer.

Stuff to keep an eye on: One of many good reasons to practice yoga and pilates is that they will show you exactly where you have tightness. Right now it seems my left ankle/Achilles area is still tight and in need of extra stretching and self-massage. I don’t feel it when running, but it was blatant during the Leg Pull Front.

Goals for the week: My head is still first and foremost in the office wrapping up projects right now. Running-wise I intend this to be my first 50+ mileage week in several months, so safe and smart running and lots of stretching to stay loose are all in order.

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