FVM BQ or BUST weeks 1 and 2
FVM BQ or BUST week 3
This week Coach B. prescribed a cutback week, which was very welcome considering all the things I had going on. And regardless, had it not been a cutback week I would have nailed every single one of my workouts because training half ass is just not in my blood & won't help me achieve my goals.
Monday: Easy 5
Ran with my boys for an early am Birthday Celebrationrun. The pup struggled in the humidity.
Tuesday REST DAY YAY!!
Got a coffee and I don't even know what to say about my name here.... ;)
Wednesday speed, 6x1 mile repeats. 9 miles total 1:10.xx
Mile repeats ranged from 7:41-7:35 (always progressively getting faster) and felt very controlled. Ran on the running machine because I was waiting for a call to return to work to finish a project. Ended up finishing the workout & then waited a while before heading back to work at 10PM!! I am thankful this was a one time occurrence.
Thursday Easy, 5 with some hills
Cleaned our apartment before L's cousin came to visit.
Friday Easy 5 with the pup
Took the pup with me again to wear him out before L's cousin came to stay with us for the weekend. CB is not friendly despite his demeanor in photos. He is usually very shy and hides behind me when people approach. In our apartment he will bark at visitors.
Once L and T got back from the airport, we went to Piece Brewery for dinner. WE HAD MASHED POTATOES ON OUR PIZZA! Thank you Jenny for the recommendation! (Also lovely to see her and the Man!)
Saturday easy long run. 10 miles 1:27 and Stand up paddle board, 1 hour.
Ran the first mile with L and then took off to complete my easy 10.
We have paparazzi following our every move.
The run was easy and enjoyable. Saw Chanthana again out on the path too.
The humidity seemed more tolerable which was a welcome change. Post run we didn't go to Caribou or a bar like we usually do on Saturdays post long runs. Instead we went to Waffles where I left a sweaty butt print on the bench,and then took in some Chicago sights.
I "blend in" with the Agora statues. HA!
While L took T to Willis and the bean, I met up with some lovely ladies for a stand up paddle board lesson.
Photo courtesy of Declan @ Stop Running Dad! Erin, Me, Emily, Maggie, and Anne
It was nice to see everyone and try something new together. SUP is deceptively hard on your core and quads. My legs were shaking the entire time. It was really peaceful to paddle around and chill the eff out since I was in a major funk. The secret to staying upright- keep your eyes glued to the horizon & stand straight up. and I'm sure all those years of ballet, gymnastics,& dance classes didnt hurt either with keeping good posture and balance. I'd like to rent a board again and paddle around before summer is over.
The 4 amigos at sunset
We walked out to the planetarium to catch the sunset and the best view of the Chicago skyline. It was stunning.
Sunday Rest Day YAY
Sunday was T's last day with us and she (and L) were both craving authentic Brasilian food so we made a reservation at Sinha.
We met up with Emily and her husband to have the most delicious brunch ever! I'd post a photo of the food, but it truly wouldnt do the flavors and experience justice. The smiles on T and L's faces after they ate the complete Feijoada (bean,rice, pork, sausage stew with farofa, kale, fried plantains) were priceless and I knew I hit a home run with choosing a great place that reminded them of home. It was authentic and delicious and we will definitely be back.
I'm running the Rock n Roll Chicago this weekend for the 3rd year in a row on Sunday.
69 DAYS TO GO until FVM!!!!
And now back to running week 5 of 14.