This week was another week of fewer miles, but I’m happy with it. All five runs were outside, I shared three of them with fun groups of people, and I enjoyed them all.
On Monday morning, I went to BodyPump and remembered why I love BodyPump. A new instructor has taken over the 6 AM Monday time slot, so I will be waking up at dark-thirty for class again. It was my first BodyPump class in about a month. That afternoon, I ran with Steve, Dave, Stevie, and Alyssa at the track. We ran about 5 miles at a comfortable pace with some hard surges in there for speed.
Tuesday, my body reminded me that I did BodyPump. Instead of running, I headed to Planet Fitness for 60 minutes on the Arc Trainer with a higher resistance than last time. The Arc Trainer pretty much torches your glutes and hamstrings, and I was covered in sweat- sweatier than my morning runs. I watched House Hunters while on the Arc Trainer and grabbed half of a bagel on my way out. Hooray for HGTV and free bagel morning at Planet Fitness.
On Wednesday, we did a ladder workout at the track (400/600/800/1200/800/600/400). The only thing scarier than the workout was the temperature on the SHS marquee sign that read 100 degrees. Those sign temperatures are notoriously high, but it was 95 degrees and felt like 103. Everyone just listened to their bodies and we did the best we could in those temperatures. It’s the hard workouts like this that really make the difference on race day.
Since we went out of town Saturday, I moved my “maintenance” long run to Sunday and ran 2 miles solo, then 8 miles with OnShore Racing. For some reason, we had way more guys than ladies, and one of the newer guys showed us a new-to-me *cold* water stop by the baseball stadium that’s a little over a mile from our start/finish location.
Despite the heat, I paced well and finished strong, which is something I’m trying to work on before I start Kiawah Half Marathon training. Kiawah is an expensive race, and I don’t want to pay a bunch of money for a half marathon, go out too fast and not do well. When you start too fast and “bank time” in a long race, you withdraw it with interest. Another big win- when I start slower and finish faster, I am less sore the next day.
You really can’t beat a 10 mile run where you negative split, find a new water stop, and have a bright yellow freeze pop waiting at the end.
I hope everyone has a great week! Happy Summer!