Morning Commute AngstFor the past eight weeks my morning and evening commute has been a real pain in the butt. The Nevada Department of Transportation has closed off one of the main entrance points to my neighborhood to repair the roads/gas lines. Now I am forced to take a detour and the freeway to work in the morning. In the evening I can surpass the freeway, and take side streets to get home, but this has left my commute taking an additional 10-20 minutes each way. I'm trying to get out of the house earlier in the mornings but, it doesn't seem to make a difference. Traffic will lighten up somewhat when the schools let out for the summer at the beginning of June. The road project is expected to wrap up August 1st.
I started running in the mornings last week. I have also started to do a few two a day workouts.... I don't think that I 'm so hardcore that I must work out twice a day. However, I really enjoy doing a short run before work. It helps to take the edge off after sitting in traffic, and I feel more focused when I am sitting down at my desk all day. Since I don't have time for an 6-8 miler before work. I don't mind running 2-3 miles before work and then doing a few more miles at lunchtime.
Another bonus is that I am leaving that pesky Garmin behind. There is absolutely no point in wearing a Garmin for these short shake out runs. These runs are mostly for stress relief. There is no need to stress over pace. I realize that last year I was turning my shake out morning runs into tempo pace negative split runs. It's fun to run fast, but I want to err on the side of caution for awhile.
Training Updates and A Change of SceneryI have about two weeks worth of entries, I won't blather on too much.
Monday 5/4- Circuit Training with weights and a few body weight exercises, and stretching
Tuesday 5/5- Somewhere between 5 and 6 miles. Ran somewhere between 2-3 miles at Cornerstone park, my legs were a little sore from the 5k over the weekend so, I stayed on the dirt paths on the inside loop of the track.
At lunchtime I went and picked up my new shoes(more on that later) and I went for a short run 2-3 miles run in them on the Pittman Wash paved trail.
Wednesday 5/6 - 3 miles before work, and some weight training at lunchtime.
Thursday 5/7- Rest
Friday 5/8 - Short shakeout run before work. More than two but, less than three. I also headed out along the Pittman Wash Trail.
Saturday 5/9 - I wasn't in a big hurry to leave the house in the morning. So I waited until my daughter took a nap and I ran 4 miles neighborhood. It was muggy and warm. No Garmin or watch.
Sunday 5/10 Rest- It was Mothers Day, we took the kids to Sunset Park and let them run around. I also needed to dye my hair. So no running today.
Monday 5/11 Almost 9 miles. I ran 3 miles before work. I am so over running on the streets near my place of work. It's a terrible time to be running on busy streets. I was running on the shoulder of the road, and I felt a car brush by me way too close. I think I will be sticking to parks, trails, and paths. At least until school lets out.
At lunchtime I headed out on the roads again, about three miles into my run, I decided to do a little off roading. I'm a wuss when it comes to trail running, so I don't do it very often. But, as I get older it is really starting to call out to me. The surfaces are much softer, and I don't have to worry about playing frogger with the cars. I ran about a half mile on this beauty
and then I flipped a u-turn back out. I think the next time I head out here, I will park my car near the trail head and do some exploring.
Tuesday 5/12 Two miles before work, I still wanted to get some trail running in, and I discovered a new area to hike/run. The Whitney Mesa Recreation trail head opened up last year, I was kind of in a rush, (It seems like I have been in a hurry for the last month straight). So I didn't have a lot of time to enjoy the scenery. I ran up onto the mesa, and ran along the ridge line, and then ran back down. Here are a few snapshots.
Wednesday- 5 miles- 3 in the morning before work, Then I really worked the heck out of my upper body in the gym. In February I sprained my wrist when I fell running
I have had to modify my upper body workouts until my right wrist stopped hurting, and I am happy to report that I feel like I have regained most of my upper body strength that I lost. I was able to do two unassisted reverse grip chin ups! I also worked on my push ups and handstands up against a wall. I don't take pictures while I'm in the gym, So you will just have to take my word for it. I also ran two miles at recovery pace on the treadmill.
Thursday 5/14- Rest- I did a few planks and some stretches, but I wouldn't call it a workout.
Friday 5/15- Around 5 miles... I ran around Cornerstone park in the morning, and today on my lunch break I went to Sunset Park. The change of scenery has been wonderful
Last month I was really excited about a new pair of Nike's.... It turns out I never got a chance to buy them. They were too expensive ($120), and on my birthday I ended up taking my kiddo to the Emergency Room, and there went my extra cash for running shoes.
Two weeks ago I thought I lost my Brooks Ravenna's so, I began to search for discount running shoes.... I found another sweet deal at 6pm.com. And I scored a new pair of Brooks Adrenaline's for just under $60.00
|Mother's Day Gift|
I have been running in these for almost two weeks, and they are wonderful! They provide a lot more support than the Brooks Ravennna's and it doesn't hurt that they are my favorite color.
Well that's all I 've got for now. I hope to post a little more frequently, so you won't have to read a wall'o text.
As always thank you for reading!!