With the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, this felt like the longest short week ever.
The hot weather finally showed up, which made it seem even longer and made all of my runs longer due to a slower pace. I’m acclimating to the heat, not shooting for any PRs, and just want to run consistently through the summer.
|Monday||8 miles (treadmill intervals)|
|Wednesday||45 minutes strength + 4.2 miles|
|Thursday||7.1 miles, including Race the Landing #3 (22:34)|
|Saturday||7.1 miles, including Floppin Flounder 5K (22:11)|
|Total||34.6 miles + 45 minutes strength training|
With two races this week, I ran some treadmill intervals on Monday and opted to skip speedwork at the track on Wednesday night. Almost everyone had conflicts this week, so I ended up cancelling track anyway.
Tuesday and Wednesday were fairly easy runs, because I didn’t want to push the pace before Race the Landing and Floppin Flounder. Even though Wednesday was Global Running Day, I skipped the large group runs because I really didn’t feel like running with 200+ people and fighting for parking spots. I love the group runs, but at a certain point, it’s just easier to run on my own.
Besides, as much fun as Global Running Day is, we’re runners *every* day. Even on rest days, you’re still a runner and probably doing other things that benefit your running. It’s a lifestyle and a mindset.
Thursday night was Race the Landing #3 and our first official HOT race. It was 82 degrees, 79% humidity, and “felt like” 89. I know that is not too hot and it will get worse, but after a mild May, I’m not used to the heat yet. My legs were feeling all the squats and deadlifts from Wednesday, and my body is feeling this run streak I’ve been on since May 1. I ran my slowest 5K in a very long time.
My goal was not to go out too fast, and I didn’t go out too fast. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the energy to increase my speed in the last mile like I wanted to. I placed in my age group so I’ll get some Charleston Running Club grand prix points out of it, at least. We also had one of the best post-race meals so far.
On Saturday, I ran the Floppin Flounder 5K, which was my worst race since the one 36 hours before. I started too quickly and died in the last mile, getting mentally discouraged when people passed me. I ran a 22:11 but at least I survived to tell about it.
On Sunday, I woke up intending to run, but when I saw the rain outside, I took a rest day. With my string of crappy 5Ks, coupled with sleeping issues this week and the stomach issues I had last Sunday, it’s time for a break. I was in a streak challenge with Fitness World Run Club, and June 4 was the official last day of the challenge. I didn’t meet my mileage goals for the week, but after FLOPpin Flounder, I had no problem calling it a week. Sunday was perfect for resting!
The best thing about a rest day: Catching up on blogging. I’ll recap both races and the streak challenge in later posts.
I hope everyone has a great week!