What’s worse than running in record heat in September?
When your air conditioner goes out during the September heat wave.
On Thursday, I came home after running 8 miles at the gym and made a beeline to the shower. I was hot- typical after an 8 mile run. I showered and was still sweating- not out of the norm when it’s 95 outside.
When I was still sweating an hour after my shower, something was up. I checked the thermostat, called the HVAC company, and two hours later, found out our upstairs AC unit needed to be replaced. Our bedrooms are all upstairs, so Thursday night was rough sleeping on the couch in the living room.
Thankfully, we got some estimates on new ACs on Friday, and we got a replacement part to give us upstairs AC until the new unit comes in and is installed on Wednesday. It’s a major money suck so I’m thankful we have savings and emergency funds for this kind of thing. PSA to anyone looking to buy a home: Maintenance is expensive and it sucks your money and life away.
|Monday||7.1 miles + ITBS Rehab Routine|
|Tuesday||8 miles, including 40 min. at mid-tempo pace (treadmill)|
|Wednesday||6 miles + ITBS Rehab Routine|
|Thursday||8 miles, including 4 min. hard, 1 min. easy intervals (treadmill)|
|Friday||60 min. yoga|
I didn’t mean to run 50 miles this week- It just happened. Both of my “speed workouts” were treadmilled, which contributes to the higher number. I hate treadmilling BOTH workouts, but without track access, living in a construction zone and hot weather, you have to do what you have to do. A friend invited me to work out at a track with them, but it was Friday morning at 6 AM which wasn’t happening even if I had AC the night before…
Since I have some non-flat races in October and November, I’m trying to incorporate hilly runs. I ran the bridge on Monday and again on Saturday during my long run. On Wednesday, the group got together to run Newington Plantation, Erin’s neighborhood. The hills are only hills if you live in Summerville, but at least it’s not completely flat.
We had a nice crowd and everyone ran 4-8 miles, some with workouts and some as easy or recovery runs. Some kids had a lemonade/sweet tea stand and bake sale in the neighborhood and were cheering for us. They offered us snacks (told us we could have them for free), but none of us took anything. The cheers and clapping sure were sweet, though.
Besides running, I did some ITBS/PT rehab banded strength exercises and yoga. I went to a Vinyasa class at Soul Yoga and liked it a lot, especially since I did BodyFlow the last two weeks.
My long run on Saturday was my longest run post injury. I ran 13.1 miles to prove to myself that I could run a half marathon before I officially register for one. It wasn’t my fastest and I got stomach cramps during the run, but I did it.
I missed having coffee and breakfast and hanging out with Cindy post-run. Saturday morning bridge/long runs were tough enough even when she was here and we did that, but now it’s even harder. I still haven’t been back to our coffee shop, and I want a pumpkin spice latte (and to support our friend’s small business), but I’m a bit scared to go in because I know it won’t be the same without Cindy.
Sunday’s run brought OCTOBER and temperatures that felt like Fall! It was in the 60s during my run and felt amazing. I ran 8 with the group and ran with Brent, Melissa, and Allison. We had a great run around downtown and slight negative split but kept the pace conversational.
After the run, I skipped brunch to buy groceries, and Clay and I went out for lunch later on. He grilled Sunday evening, so we had vegetables from Aldi and grilled meats and seafood.
I hope everyone has a great week!