Route 66 5K – Week 3

We spent most of this week hidden away in the Ouachita National Forest camping with my family.  It’s always amazing to turn your phone off for almost 5 days, not look at a screen, and get covered in campfire smoke.  I sincerely look forward to our trip every year. A perfect time of relaxation and reflection.

Before leaving, the local weatherman predicted that we’d have a frost while we would be out-of-town. So we hurried to get some row covers setup and put over the beans and tomato plants to try to squeeze a bit more production out of them before we closed down the garden for the year.

I arranged for a friend, who was already helping check on the chickens, manage the on/off process of the covers while we were gone. A few leaves on the beans got nipped, but the tomatoes took a pretty big hit. However over the past week, we were still able to harvest almost 8 gallons of beans (with new beans still growing). I’ll call that a win and hopefully we’ll reach over 10 gallons before the harvest is done.

Just some of the initial fall bean harvest.

As for running, I had a good week. Still no injuries, but did not get in my long run this weekend. However, we did a 3+ mile hike around the lake on Friday, plus some additional hiking throughout the trip, that I count as a good replacement.

Run Log:

  • Monday: 19 mins
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: 22 mins
  • Thursday: Mild Hiking
  • Friday: 3+ mile hike
  • Saturday: Mild Hiking
  • Sunday: Rest

I weighed in on Sunday when we got back and I was down to 206 lbs, which is a 7 pound weight loss the first week of eating cleaner in addition to my training runs.  Pretty dang good. Hopefully, I won’t plateau just yet as I’m trying to hit an even 200 lbs by race day on November 18th.

Now that I’m back at home and on the grid again, I can start focusing on getting back into a routine with writing on my screenplay. Didn’t put any words on the page last week. So, I’ve got some making up to do.

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