Costume Party Run: Week 5 Training Recap

This week was not one of my high marks of my training, so I promise the report will be short and sweet. Two strength workouts, three runs, including an attempt at a tempo run. I’m not really thrilled with my performance, but it is only one week, so I’ll report on it, then move on with the goal to do better this week. Here’s my training recap.

Strength Workouts

I taught two ball classes.

Ha! It’s just not like me to be so sparse with words. The classes were moderately challenging. We did the complementary workouts that I wrote about here, the Vanity Workout and the Compound Workout.

Vanity WorkoutCompound Workout



As you may have gathered above, my running was not all it was planned to be this week. I missed my short Tuesday workout. I can’t even remember why now, but I’m sure it was for a stupid good reason.

Wednesday is speed work and I was scheduled to run a three mile tempo. The last time I did that workout, it was pretty good, except I had to stop once or twice and walk for a minute or so in the middle of the tempo. I planned to work on that and be able to complete a proper three mile tempo run before I upped the distance.

Um, didn’t work out that day. Whether it was the heat, or just not my day, I was dragging from the start. I did run three miles with Penny, then dropped her off to go do my tempo. Right from the get-go I just couldn’t get it going. In fact, I almost settled into my slowpoke pace, then I swore at motivated myself to at least try.

Well, that worked for a mile. Then I slowed back down. Not my finest running moment.

On Friday Alan and I drove to San Dimas where he was announcing a triathlon at Bonelli Park. After a dog rescuer moment on Friday evening, which caused a later dinner, and therefore bedtime, we were up really early to be out to the venue by 5:00 am. I originally was planning to run my long run while Alan was working, but I was asked to help with registration, so using any excuse to postpone a long run being a good citizen volunteer, I changed my schedule.

I did race day check in, so by the time the race started at 8:00 my job was done. Now to get the motivation, sadly lacking all week, to run. Right before the point that I talked myself completely out of it, I told myself I only needed to run three miles and finally got myself going.

I decided to follow the run course in reverse. It was early so I wasn’t going to disturb any of the athletes. Bonelli Park is very pretty, and the weather was much nicer that the desert. I even talked myself into running an extra mile.

Weekly Training Recap

Weekly Training Recap

Bonelli Park is right next to Raging Waters water park.

After I finished my run, I hung around and watched my husband work. He was at the finish line calling in the athletes as they finished their race.

Weekly Training Recap

I also wandered over to the award ceremony because I heard that they were giving away a bike. Apparently the winner had to earn it by not only competing in all three events of the LA Championship Triathlon Series, but writing why they should win it. Or something like that. Anyway, the woman who won was very new to triathlon, having competed in her first event at the beginning of the series last October.

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After Alan was done working, we headed to Huntington Beach, where we were going to stay with our grandsons (and their parents). That was the main reason I wanted to get the long run done on Saturday, but now I had no choice. I did decide to cut my run to 10 miles. I was scheduled for 13, but I thought that would be too much if I wanted to be fun grandma.

The boys are now eight years old, and we have a tradition when we visit. They always want to go on the run with us!

weekly training recap

We all took off, heading north along the coast. The boys were doing great, keeping up (or ahead) for the most part. They have improved so much since the last time we all ran together and they needed to walk after a mile.

weekly training recap

They ran four and a half miles! With just a couple of breaks. We were so proud of them! They love going for a run with grandpa and grandma!

weekly training recap

Alan and the boys headed toward home after more than four miles, and I headed south, with about six more miles to run. I did appreciate being in cool weather (I was actually 63 degrees, Huntington Beach was about 20 degrees cooler than the desert). It was kind of early and there weren’t too many people around until I got about a half mile south of the Huntington Beach Pier. All of a sudden, there were thousands of people around! Apparently there was some kind of a soccer tournament going on (my stepson told me there were 500 teams!), and I had to dodge through a lot of pedestrian traffic as I continued south.

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Looking north

weekly training recap

Looking south

weekly training recap

I finished my 10 miles just under 1:40, not bad considering “grandson stops.” It is totally worth it for the experience of running with the boys.

I have a couple more posts coming up about the weekend, including a review of all the vegan food and a peek at my costume-in-progress for the Costume Party Run,, which is coming up on July 7. There is still time to register! Use the code LAQUINTA to save $10 off registration.

So, how did your training go last week? Did you participate in any races, events, or challenges?

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