Weekly Workout Log – Nov. 1 – 7 + Run Streak is Over + Getting ‘Glutened’

This week was the beginning, and sadly the end, of my November run streak. I had never run more than 5 days in a row, so I was unsure how this would all go. The plan was to take it easy on my normal “non-run” days, but as you’ll see that didn’t happen. Thus, I ended my streak prematurely just to avoid further shin irritation.

We had some amazing weather most of the week getting into the 70’s multiple times. It felt a bit odd running in “summer” gear, but it was pretty nice! Here’s what the first week of November looked like:

Sunday – Ran 2 miles (8:40 pace). Pretty sure I’ve never run 2 miles that fast! Great first day of my November run streak. Loved seeing the sun come up! 🙂

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Monday – Ran 3.25 miles (9:02 pace). Gorgeous weather and scenery makes for a happy run!

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Tuesday – Biked 30 miles on the bike trainer — The farthest indoor ride I’ve ever done! Followed up the ride with an easy paced 1 mile run to continue my run streak.

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Wednesday – Yoga for 30 minutes + Ran 2 miles (9:12 pace). I really need to slow it down. I unfortunately didn’t realize this until it was too late. I’ve been unintentionally pushing my pace lately and from experience, I know I usually get injured when I do that too often. I purposely did a faster run on Sunday, but since then it’s been unintentional. There is a place for easy runs, and I need to do them more often. Ideally, I should have been upper 9’s / low 10’s taking it easy. I am making it a point now to be more pace aware now. If I would have taken it slower, I probably would have been fine. But, I need a rest day now for my shins :(. I won’t be meeting my last 2 goals for the year, but I’m ok with it considering how the year was overall.

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Thursday – Rest day :(. Bye bye run streak! Foam rolled, stretched and took my dog for a 30 minute walk. This morning will go down as one of the worst I’ve had in a long time. I ate 2 of the blueberry pancakes I made for breakfast for my daughter and I before school, thinking I grabbed the Bob’s Red Mill gluten free mix. Yeah…let’s just say It wasn’t until after I ate them that I realized I grabbed the Bob’s Red Mill Organic High Fiber (wheat) Pancake Mix. I glutened myself! I normally don’t even buy regular wheat mixes, but a few weeks ago they were out of the GF stuff so I just got some of the regular mix for her and just avoided it. I bought the GF mix when they had it, and the bags look so similar so when I was half asleep I guess I just grabbed the wrong one without thinking about it. Worst feeling ever knowing that in several hours I’ll feel like I’ve been drugged. Never buying a wheat mix again! Not my brightest moment ;).

Friday – Sure enough, Friday AM rolls around and I’m in full-on walking zombie mode. I’m talking, I go grocery shopping and am so exhausted when I return that I take a nap. Naps are generally a rarity! I have great energy levels so this is absolute torture. Somehow managed to run 5 slow miles (10:24 pace) on the treadmill post nap. Since I am being super cautious, I decided the treadmill was my best bet today to force myself to slow it down a bit (although considering the state I’m in I probably would have been fine outside ha!). Also, let’s be real…really didn’t want to run in 20 mph winds. 😉 No shin pain, so I’m happy about that! My daughter had a bunch of stickers sitting out and saw this gold star and said, “Yep! I earned that!” 🙂 Glad I forced myself to do it even though my energy was lacking.

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Saturday – Rest day. I enjoyed a date night out with my hubby tonight. Dinner and a few errands, but when they include a stop for running shoes and pumpkin butter, errands are a-okay! 🙂 I special ordered the newest Brooks Adrenaline’s since I wear an extra wide width and they came in at my local running store. We had to stop at Trader Joe’s too, because who can resist that pumpkin butter?!

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I’m going to switch things up and try doing my long runs on Friday’s like I did this week (as long as my schedule and daughter’s school schedule permits) to allow for more family time on the weekends.

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