This post might be a little late, but it is finally here. Last week was officially my first taper week, and honestly, I did not know how to juggle my taper long run and the Breakaway Bardog 5K. All and all though, I had a good week of training, and hopefully this will translate well for my race.
Monday: It was a rest day since I had just completed thirteen plus miles the day prior. I was active around the house doing chores, but that was it.
Tuesday: I ran just under five miles, but they were slightly split about. The first half a mile was a dead sprint with Beau, up and down our street. Running with Beau can be a little treacherous since he likes to go side to side and explore everything that comes along the path. His ADD has caused me multiple tumbles over the past few months! After dropping him off at the house, I hit the street again to complete my run, even if the lack of a pace dog had an adverse effect on my time. Since last week was a bit cooler than the norm for August, I was able to do this run post work, allowing me to sleep in a bit in the morning.
Wednesday: I ran four and a half miles after dinner, which is something I do not do often. I do not like the feeling of running on a full stomach, but I wanted to make sure to get in some miles. I also deviated from my running norm by working in a few exercises during my route. After mile one and a half, I did ten burpees and fifteen pushups at a local elementary school on the route. After mile three, I stopped at a park to attempt some pullups. While I was unable to do one (no surprise), I did get some good core work in during my attempts by hanging on the bar and pulling my knees up. I finished the run with ten more burpees and twenty more pushups.
Thursday: I only ran three and a half miles because I was having some complications with my asthma. This has been a recurring theme over the past week or so.
Friday: No run, but I did a TRX routine focusing on my upper body and core. I wanted to give my legs a little bit of a rest. After the workout, I went to my sister-in-law’s birthday dinner at Paulette’s, a local favorite that I had never visited before in Harbor Town. The best thing anyone ordered was the peach crepe made with fresh, local peaches from Jones Orchard that Susan ordered for dessert. Even though all of the food was good, she definitely won the food ordering battle with that selection.
Saturday: The day started with a return trip to the Memphis Farmers Market, which led to some fresh okra, grouper, squash, zucchini, purple hull peas, and Susan getting reprimanded. Apparently bringing your dog to the outdoor market is frowned upon. This was news to Susan since the previous two weeks there were dogs everywhere. You live and you learn, I suppose. That afternoon, before grilling up some grouper tacos, I did a full body TRX routine. My TRX home kit is a lifesaver. I do, however, need to start going to the gym more often to justify my membership fees.
Sunday: The day started with the Breakaway Bardog 5K, which you can read about here. After the race, we took Beau to my in-laws for a play date with their dogs. That evening, my trivia team vied for the the title of Memphis Champions, but we fell short of that goal. Due to a lack of sci-fi knowledge and some Van Halen hubris, we fell out of contention, and this round of trivia finals has now concluded for us.