Thursday, June 7, 2012

Breaking Through to the Other Side

Mr. Blondie has a little boat that’s been his baby long before me or Emily came into the picture. It’s nothing fancy, but it gets the job done and he takes pride in maintaining it. He’s been piloting it since long before he could fly a plane, or even drive a car for that matter.

Anyway, it’s that time of year, and we’ll want to start using it soon. He keeps it in NY, so he needed to fly up there for a few days to get it out of winter storage and into the water. He took Emily with him, giving me a few days of sweet freedom at home.

Waking up at 4am so we can stake our claim to a piece of Long Island Sound is my repayment for all the early morning races I drag him to during the year.
I used the time alone to deep clean the house, do a little shopping, and bake about 500 blueberry muffins and scones, give or take.

I also did some good workouts. I don’t want to jinx myself, but I think this was another big step out of the running slump I’ve been stuck in for the past couple months.

Thursday AM: 1 hr spin class, 1 mile run on the treadmill

Thursday PM: 4 mile run outside

Friday: 6 mile run, 30 mins strength training (Ok, so it was a Jillian Michaels DVD, we’ll call it ST)

Saturday AM: 1 hour spin, 4 mile run

Saturday PM: 1 hr YogaX

I slept late on Sunday, and took my time enjoying my coffee and some TV (not cartoons for once!), then finally hit the road around noon. I did a 12 miler at 7:55/mi pace and felt great. My Garmin hasn't seen many splits starting with 7's on my training runs since March.

I haven’t gotten the knack for running in a fuel belt yet. Instead I devised a 6 mile loop around the neighborhood so I could stop for some water halfway through.

I treated myself to my first Epsom salt bath afterwards. Our ice maker stopped working a few months ago, so it’s kind of a pain to do an ice bath now since I have to buy bags of it. I think it helped? I didn’t feel tight the next day. Maybe it was just the fact that I had time to properly cool down.

Man, I’d be in rocking shape (and always have a sparkling clean house) if I were still a single gal and could do that all the time. 

But when I look back 5, 10, 20 years from now, would any of it really matter?

It was nice to have a break, but I love the snuggles from these two. It's worth the trade off in my opinion.

Does anyone else take epsom salt baths ? Is it worth carving out some extra time for them after my long runs this summer?

Do you and your significant other support each other in your hobbies?


  1. Suzanne WestenhoferJune 8, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Sounds like you had a great weekend to yourself! Allan and I both do a wonderful job supporting each other. I'm on the sideline for his soccer games and he is at the finish line for my races. It makes a big difference to have a supportive spouse.

  2. I buy bags of ice for ice baths bc our ice make doesn't make enough ice. For whatever reason we don't have cold water, so the water comes out luke warm and the ice melts almost instantly.. pretty pointless for an icebath.

    I do take epsom salt baths if i'm feeling particularly tight. I don't love sitting in a steamy hot bathroom, so I don't usually last very long.

    DH has been unbelievably supportive with my running. It wasn't something I did when we met, so i guess I just kind of sprung it on him. At first he was a little resistant to hotel stays and travel, but obviously he's come around to the idea. (not without a little fuss, but he's getting better :p )

  3. He gains mega points in my book for having and maintaining a boat. Good man!

    Great job on the workouts!!

  4. I take epsom salt baths after my long runs of 10-12+ miles and it seems to help. I've never taken a "real" ice bath though recently, I have filled our tub up with really cold water (after doing 2 really HOT runs) and sat in that for 5-7 minutes. From what I can tell, the effects of each are pretty similar.