Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wednesday Workout Update

We had some excitement on our Saturday run!  What started out as a normal little run turned into an epic rescue.  OK, I might be exaggerating just a bit - read for yourself and decide...

Our Renegade group set out for a shortish run - just 4 miles for most of us.  The weather was cooler than last week by about 10 degrees, but the humidity was still high, so it was sweat city pretty early on.  Loretta bought a sweet basket for her bike and once again, I have failed to take a picture of Lolo and her new ride, but she texted me a picture of the basket the night before:
It's a milk crate basket - capable of holding many water bottles!

I put my water bottle in the basket, as did CC, and we all set off for our run/ride.  We ran through the fancy neighborhood just to mix things up a bit.  I was running with Julia and Diane, and had two personal water stops, thanks to LorettaShe'd ridden ahead of us and we were just trucking right along, chatting about all kinds of things, when I saw in the distance Loretta, sitting up on the grassy area near a sidewalk, her bike on the ground, water bottles flung out, and do you know, I actually said out loud "did Loretta fall?" - that is the very essence of runner's brain, y'all.

It took a second to hit us and without a word, we all took off sprinting toward her.  We caught up to her and were relieved to see that she was OK, although she'd scraped up her knee and hand a bit.  Of course, she was more worried about how her new bike had fared, which I totally understood - I remember having a light crash on my pink bike shortly after I'd gotten it (Paco got in my way) and I was more upset that I'd scratched up the handlebars than if my body was banged up.  Her chain was off and her handlebars were twisted, but we helped get everything straightened out and she was good to ride back to the park - we were about 3/4 of a mile away when this happened.  Turns out, she'd come to a three-way stop intersection, tried to let a car go ahead of her, but the car waited for her, so she nicely gave a courtesy wave to the driver and crashed into a pole.  See, this is why you shouldn't be polite.  Gets you every time.

Old school angels - Farrah, Jaclyn and Kate.

When we started running again, I said that it felt like we were Charlie's Angels, running to the rescue.  The age difference between Diane and I, and Julia, became immediately apparent, as we started saying Farrah and Kate and Jaclyn, while Julia was saying Lucy Liu - ha!  Oh and by the way, apparently we CAN run fast when we need to!  When we were at breakfast I checked my Garmin and we were at an 8:00 pace during our sprint, which is fast for us.

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Yesterday Cary and I ran a 5K in my neighborhood, just for kicks.  It was ridiculously warm - 73 degrees, with humidity coming in at a lovely 89% but at least there was a breeze.  Still, it was nice to run more than our standard 2.5 miles for a change.  And then a couple of hours later, I met Jenny at a park and we walked a 5K!  I'm glad I get to do this extra bit at least once a week - I know it's not all running, but putting more miles on my legs must help for building up stamina, right?  Any case, hitting 6.2 miles in one day made me feel happy that my body is cooperating with getting some exercise; my legs were a little tired as the day went on, but nothing hurt, and for that I'm very grateful.

28 comments:

  1. I'm glad Loretta is okay. I tell ya, the fear of crashing on a bike is real ya'll! I definitely have more fear now that I am an adult than when I was a child and wasn't very stable..haha.

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    1. I am right with you - back when I was a kid, you crashed, skinned up you knee, got a bandaid and moved on. Now, you lay there and assess possible broken bones!

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  2. Glad she's okay too! It reminded me of when I was talking to my old boss (who was 26 and fresh out of law school) about a Tim Conway sketch that was so funny, and he had no idea who I was talking about!

    Hope to run a 5k today too - although it's 41 degrees right now, it will most likely happen at the gym :D

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    1. Oh that is just sad to think someone doesn't know who Tim Conway is!!! Hope your 5K goes well today!

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  3. What an event-full WWU! I'm glad Loretta is okay! And big high-five to you for getting out there twice in one day to do and extra workout!

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    1. I awarded myself bonus points for getting in a double workout, in the form of some delicious watermelon. HIGH FIVE for that not being a candy bar, LOL!

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  4. Amazing how fast adrenaline can make you run, isn't it? Glad Loretta is OK - my goodness she's had her fair share of injuries already!

    I often walk in the evening after running in the morning. I actually think it's good (once in a while) to move the lactic acid and as you said, train your legs for endurance. Besides, around here, when the weather starts getting nice and I've been in all day at work, sometimes I can't resist!

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    1. We were so worried about Loretta, especially with her recent hip surgery - absolutely, she's had more than her fair share of injuries. Hopefully this is her "one and done" for the bike.

      I keep telling Jeff we should get out and walk in the evening; it might even help us sleep better, who knows?

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  5. Gah - glad Loretta is OK. I've fallen a couple times and head a head on collision with another biker many years ago. Nothing fun because not only do you have yourself, but a piece of metal that doesn't feel good to get tangled on.

    I don't consider walking to be really heavy duty exercise (unless you are booking it). It's a great way to keep sore and used muscles limber.

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    1. I have to disagree with you on walking - I think it's an excellent form of exercise, and wish I'd have started doing back when I first started losing weight.

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  6. Ouch! Poor Loretta! I am happy she is okay... and hope the bike mostly is, too! :) I was running with two friends (one on a bike) Sunday, and the one on the bike feel behind us, ALSO while trying to figure out what to do around a stopped car. Eek!

    3.1 run and 3.1 walked in one day is awesome!!!!

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    1. Stopped cars seem to be more dangerous to bikes, crazy!

      Thanks - I was pretty pleased with getting so much exercise on a weekday. :)

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    1. I'm not sure. I suspect she may have waved the driver off, but I'll have to ask her to be sure.

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    2. (not sure why Fran Huber deleted her comment, but she wondered if the driver had stopped when Loretta crashed)

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    3. Sorry! I don't know how I did that!

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  8. I agree that walking is a great way to train. I have 2 half-marathons in the books without ever running one single training mile and last year I finished in 2:20. Not an earth shattering time but not bad for a 55 year old lady who didn't log one running mile since finishing her first (spontaneous) half the year before.

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    1. Dang Kris, I'm super impressed!!!

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    2. Thanks Shelley although I guess my training method is unorthodox and probably not recommended. I won't even tell you what type of shoes I had on the year of the spontaneous half. LOL I officially am not a runner so good for you in finding joy in it!

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    3. Hey, if it works for you, then it's orthodox! :)

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  9. Glad to hear Loretta is okay. the Netherlands is a biking country, you almost learn to ride a bike before you can walk so I have luckily never fallen with my bike.

    Walking is excellent training. It's really underestimated but running 30 minutes is equal to 60 minutes of walking, it has the same health benefits and walking is not that hard on the body.

    I am so glad Bella is back to her old self and we are back at our normal daily walks again. I'm on vacation next week but after that the plan is to do 1 or 2 hikes of 5K or more every weekend.

    Great run and great friend to run to Loretta's rescue.

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    1. Do you bike much now? Just curious...

      I agree with you on the benefits of walking; Julia and I did that a couple of summers ago and felt great!

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    2. Nope, in fact my bike is at the addict in our garage. I prefer walking and I do all my grocery shopping once a week and use my car for that. I have this basket for Bella on my bike but she really dislikes it which doesn't make it fun to bike either. She's more a walker too.

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  10. I am glad to hear your friend is ok. Yes how funny what can happen when you are being polite. Wow what a good pace you had. I am impressed.

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  11. I am glad to hear your friend is ok. Yes how funny what can happen when you are being polite. Wow what a good pace you had. I am impressed.

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