No, we’re not talking about beer. (Not yet, anyway.)
We’re talking about mileage! And about how great it feels to build it back up a little bit. My first 40+ mile week since, uh…May? Wow.M – 5 mi easy (treadmill, 1% incline, 41:50, 8:21 pace) Tu – (AM) TRX + intervals at HEAT, total ~2 mi; (PM) 3.5 mi easy (group leader for social run, 35:00, 10:00 pace) W – 5 mi easy (45:00, 9:00 pace) Th – 7 mi easy, met up with with Jenny and Lisa (1:01, 8:42 pace) F – 5 mi easy, thought about doing a tempo-ish run but then just decided to do a medium-paced run, it was a gorgeous morning and I just wanted to enjoy it! (40:57, 8:11 pace) Sa – 11 mi easy (long run w/hubs, 1:45:00, 9:30 pace) Su – Intervals at HEAT (total ~2.5 mi)
Total: 41 miles. Yay!
A few notes:
- The weather was freakin’ GORGEOUS this week. GORGEOUS. Low humidity and everything. It was enough to get me out of bed for a record FOUR morning workouts this week.
- I’m still running naked and really enjoying it. Nope, I don’t miss the Garmin at all. It’ll continue to hibernate in my underwear drawer for a few more weeks.
- Those HEAT classes? Are continuing to kick my ass and I’m totally loving it. I’m going to try to go twice a week for the rest of the summer. Yeah, it a little expensive, but I like the format of pay-per-use better than a gym membership. Because the fact is that I simply am not going to go lift weights. And committing to a gym for a whole year is scary anyway. I’m hoping these classes help my strength a little bit so I don’t get those pathetic sore abs and arms after every race this fall.
- I can haz new shoes?
I need another pair of running shoes like a turkey needs a popsicle. Buuuuut…this adorable pair of Brooks Green Silence was a random special order for my co-worker’s girlfriend and she decided to get a different color so these were just sitting in the stockroom, whispering my name every time I walked by them.
“We’re your size,” they hissed. “We’re adorable. We’re baby blue. We’re imprinted all over with flower cutouts and would be perfect for speedwork.”
So much for silence.
I’ve worn these to my last couple of HEAT classes and I love them! They’re lightweight (6.9 oz) and have a relatively shallow heel-to-toe drop (8mm, versus 12mm in my Ghosts and most other running shoes). There’s not much cushion, so you definitely feel the ground a little, but I like that kind of ride. I’m not taking them out on a 20-miler any time soon, but I think they’ll be great for speedier stuff!
Also, they are made from recycled plastic bottles or something. And obviously, they are baby blue and cute as hell. (They are not “Carolina Blue” as everyone around here claims. Hello, I am not from these parts. Don’t drag me in to your college sports wars. I just like the color blue.)
Anyway. Another W for Brooks in my book!
So. Now we are gonna to talk about beer. I wish I had a FOUR-TAY of this Victory Summer Love Ale:
I’ve never been disappointed in a Victory beer, and this one was no exception. The bottle’s kitschy label, featuring scenes from beaches and ballparks, shrouds the contents in mystery, giving no indication of the beer’s style. I expected something pretty light.
But actually, it was more like a Pale Ale. (Technically, it’s a Blonde.) Everything about its flavor evokes the outdoors: you get plenty of grass and pine along with a distinct floral flavor, but on a softer level than other Blondes/Pales. It was definitely an enjoyable beer and a refreshing break from the normal summer seasonal lineup of wheat and fruit beers. 5.2% ABV.
Bottom line: Get it! (Purchased at I-don’t-know-where since my coworker gave it to me. Victory is out of PA so I imagine you can find this readily at specialty shops and higher-end grocery stores on the east coast.)
Alrighty, kids. That’s all from me for now. We had a sidewalk sale at work this weekend and I’ve been husslin’ my butt off ringing up $2 tee shirts for the last three days. (Yes, it was the pinnacle of my young career.) I’m off to throw a cattle slab on the grill with some veggies and call it a week. See ya tomorrow!
How was your weekend? And how was your week last week, workout/mileage-wise?