Who watched the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials yesterday? I got together with Xaarlin and Vicky to watch and had a blast!
I could write an entire post about the trials, but in semi-short:
- I was completely blown away by Galen Rupp's breakout performance
- Loved seeing Meb Keflezighi and Desiree Linden hamming it up in the final stretch
- Was heartbroken for Dathan Ritzenhein and Kara Goucher
- Got tears in my eyes watching Shalane Flanagan fighting through her distress and collapsing after crossing the finish line
- Had so much appreciation for Amy Cragg's loyalty to Flanagan during those final miles
- Wish Deena Kastor had been able to participate
After watching the trials, I felt so inspired to go running! But that feeling instantly dissipated when I stepped outside into the single-digit temperatures, LOL.
Back to reality, here's how my week went:
MONDAY: 10 minute warm-up on stationary bike, 45 minutes of weight-lifting
TUESDAY: Yoga class (45 minutes), plus run 3.1 miles on treadmill
WEDNESDAY: Zumba class, 45 minutes
FRIDAY: Run 3 miles of 2-minute incline intervals on treadmill at Levels 0-6, plus 30 minutes of weight-lifting
SATURDAY: Yoga video, 40 minutes
SUNDAY: Run 5 miles on treadmill - 10 minute warm-up, 3:1:1 run/Level 5 incline/walk ratio
Notice the weirdly timed rest day on Thursday? After writing about my running shoe availability issue on Thursday, I ended up not even running that day. I kept procrastinating. As I was finally planning to go, I got pulled into a meeting. I had after-work plans to meet up with Erin and Margaret, and when my meeting ended there wasn't enough time to run. Oops!
No problemo, I'm all about flexible training schedules. I also made sure to bring shoes in the next day. =)
The stepback in mileage this week came at the right time. Going into the weekend, I was thinking I wanted to do more, but it ended up being a relief to not have to worry about squeezing in a lengthy run. I did still challenge myself by including some hillwork with today's 5-miler. It was tough, as always, but I felt good afterwards.
I finally bought a pair of lifting gloves. I was tired of dealing with hand callouses from weight-lifting. I tried the gloves on Friday for the first time. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed. The gloves made me feel like I had a less stable and less controlled grip on the bars. I could still feel friction on my hands, too, especially where the gloves bunched up under my knuckles.
From a functional standpoint, the gloves are a toss-up. Admittedly, though, I do like how bad-ass they make me feel from an appearance standpoint!
I've got another new song playing on repeat repeat repeat! I recently discovered the Chicago Blackhawks Radio Station on Pandora (what an ingenius idea!) From there, I found this awesome remix of U2's "Where The Streets Have No Name":
It was played at the 2012 London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. I don't remember hearing it back then, but when I listen to it now I can easily visualize the ensuing grandeur. Such a fun twist on a classic song!
How was your weekend?
Last night, Adam and I went to the Blackhawks game and tonight we are going to see Cabaret. Many, many thanks to him for my V-Day gift, which included a very cute box of "Emily's Chocolate-Covered Fortune Cookies." So clever! Here is a picture.