Happy Monday and congratulations to everyone who raced this weekend. I had several friends place, PR, or BQ- but any day you can run, push yourself, and finish injury-free is a good day, no matter what the clock says.
Summer is here, and it was another hot and humid week. Saturday was my first 100% humidity run this summer, and it was pretty brutal. It’s bad when you take a picture of the dry spot on your shirt to prove you went for a run and not a wet t-shirt contest.
I had another consistent week of training, which is my goal this summer. The only records set in Charleston in the summer are heat index records, not personal records.
|Monday||30 min. strength + 6.4 miles|
|Tuesday||7.6 miles + 60 min. yoga|
|Wednesday||30 min. strength + 6.3 miles (track)|
|Friday||7.7 miles with 30 min. HMP tempo (treadmill)|
|Sunday||10 miles + 60 min. yoga|
Last week’s fatigue hit on Monday morning. Ouch. I was dragging all morning. That afternoon, I dragged myself to run around Riverland Terrace on James Island with Virginia (Holy City Running), Jason, AJ, Charlotte, Ashley, Alan, and Sandy.
It was a beautiful shaded route, and we went to Maybank Public House for dinner after the run. I ordered a salad with beets and goat cheese and was a fan. Does anyone else crave salads and veggies when it’s hot out?
Tuesday was insanely hot. It was 86 during my run and I felt it. I planned to run 8 miles, but stopped at 7.6. I’m not sure if this is “listening to my body” or wussing out, but I ran by the house and was ready to be done, so I stopped. 7.6 miles and 8 miles still provide the same physiological benefit, I guess.
I went to my usual restorative yoga class that night, then to Frothy Beard Brewery for Skylar’s birthday. We had birthday cake and cookies!
On Wednesday, I ran a track workout with the usual suspects. A few people were missing due to kids school and sports commitments, but everyone who came out got a good run in. I’m glad we had a big crowd because in the heat and humidity, you’re always safer with a group. Plus, we have access to our water every 1/4 mile at the track, which is a huge benefit.
I ran 6 x 800m with 200m jog recovery, in the outer lanes of the track to avoid the sharp left turns that could potentially aggravate my left peroneal tendon. I ran 5 x 800m last week, and the extra interval was no joke. During the last 800m, I told myself it would be the difference between a 20:59 and a 21:01 on the clock in a Fall 5K. Who knows… it may be.
Since I had a tempo run planned for Friday, I took Thursday off. In fact, I took off work as well and had lunch with Clay and did some shopping in Mt. Pleasant. We went out for pizza and it was a fun way to recover.
Saturday’s run was hot, humid, and humbling. I felt terrible after and drank a chocolate milk on the way home, then laid around for the rest of the day. Aside from going to lunch with Clay and a Publix trip, I did nothing but catch up on Netflix. Bojack Horseman, anyone?
Sunday, I ran with the Hampton Park/OnShore group, and Emily and I ran 10 miles. It was warm out, but not quite as humid. We also slowed the pace a bit which helped big time! A slower pace might not get as many Strava likes, but your body gets the same stimulus and adaptations on easy/long runs. Plus, I have to work and do real life after my runs, so I can’t be TOO wiped out.
We went to Starbucks, and I had a light caramel frappucino. Definitely not healthy, but I can’t feel too guilty after running 10 miles.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!