The theme for this week — until the weekend — was unbearable heat and humidity. I am not at all ashamed that two of my runs ended up on the treadmill. Recently a relatively young runner died in a race due to heat stroke. And I saw someone go down right in front of me in Wednesday’s race, too.
- Monday: Dogwalk, Speedwork 8 x 400 with 200 recovery on TM (total of 6 miles), PB Total Body (30)
- Tuesday: Dogwalk, Swimming
- Wednesday: Firecracker 4 (and yes, that was it for the day!)
- Thursday: Dogwalk, 4 easy treadmill miles, PB Kettlebell Legs (20 min)
- Friday: Dogwalk
- Saturday: 12 blessedly cool miles, Iron Strength Glutes
- Sunday: Dogwalk disguised as a Short Hike
Mileage: 26 (+1)
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With a real temperature of 93F (feels like 106) I am #sorrynotsorryatall that I did my speed work on the treadmill. I just couldn’t get out early enough to beat the heat — well, I did to walk the dogs, which is part of why I couldn’t run early.
Was it tough? It wasn’t as bad as I had made it up to be in my mind. Will it help in Wednesday’s hot & humid race? Nope. Not sure anything really will . . .
This was my fifth year running Firecracker 4 — and the hottest year yet! I went in prepared for a slow race. Rachel @ Runningonhappy had a race plan for me but due to the extreme heat, I ignored it and ran by feel (a wise decision).
A group of my friends goes most years. I was waiting for people to bail, but no one did.
I’ll recap it Tuesday, because yes, I like to tease that way.
Today we actually did get thunderstorms — good news being the heatwave is finally going to break — yup, another treadmill run. Four miles I have to admit I wasn’t feeling and they felt oh-so-much harder than yesterday’s four mile race — but got it done!
I couldn’t have asked for better weather for my longest run of this training cycle. The heatwave broke, it was cool and dry, and the sun was shining brightly. It was a confidence building 12 mile run — and no taping. I felt a little tightness towards the end, but it quickly dissipated after the run.
I happened to “run” into a Skirt Sister right before the run, who was kind enough to take some photos of me even though she was a little late.
Favorites of the week
The heatwave breaking! It’s going to heat back up, but nowhere near as bad as last week. And the weather this weekend was so beautiful.
We finally booked a room for my 1812 race next month! In fact, we booked two rooms. The first place looks a bit sketchy, but we wanted to make sure we had something. Both have a relatively liberal cancellation policy.
I decided that since I felt I liked the brownie sundae better than the cupcake sundae — don’t get me wrong, they’re both good — that I had to go out and get the brownie sundae to celebrate 12 miles.
I’ve run at the bikepath for many years, but it was only in the last few that I realized there are all sorts of trails around it too. Mr Judy, the dogs, and I got out this morning to explore just a little.
Blog posts that caught my eye this week:
Let’s get the conversation started:
Do you feel you deserve a reward for a double digit run?
Would you rather swelter than ever run on the treadmill?
Do you have a cut off point for running outside when it comes to the heat?