If we had spring-like weather this winter, we’re having summer-like weather this spring. I went from running in temps in the 30s on my morning runs to being really hot and wilting under intense sunny skies this weekend. But I’m loving it all! One of the biggest reasons I run is to be outside experiencing all of nature’s seasons, and it was fun to see the differences in just the span of a week.
This past week was my second week of short, easy runs to ease back into running after resting after my half marathon. I did less strength training than I wanted, but overall I liked the balance between running and strength. Now that my rest and recover phase is over, I can start ramping up my running. I’m itching to get back to running six days a week, but I think I’m going to hold back until at least the rest of this month. I want to keep focusing on strength training, and if I start running too much I might lose that focus. So I’ll keep my running to five days a week but will begin adding speedwork. I’m excited!
My other big news from the week is having a really good race at my 5K Saturday. I posted a recap, but the short version is that I focused on having a positive attitude and ended up enjoying the race and running a great time. I’m thrilled! On to the recap!
Week at a Glance
- Training mode: Getting back to running after recovery since my goal race
- Days running: 5
- Miles this week: 17.53
- Miles this month: 34.7
- Miles this year: 520.69
- Strength training sessions: 4
- Time strength training: 111 minutes
I increased my sets to three for each circuit for 38 minutes of full-body strength training with weights (routine here.)
Easy run: 3 miles
In the evening I did 20 minutes of upper body and core strength training.
Easy run: 3.2 miles
In the evening I did 40 minutes of full-body strength training with weights–same routine as Monday.
Easy run: 2 miles
Warm-up before the race: .63 miles
Pittsburgh Pirates Home Run 5K: 3.18 miles
When I came home I started on my strength routine, but everything was sore and I just didn’t have it in me. I just did one set of a few exercises for 13 minutes.
What a gorgeous afternoon! It was sunny with cloudless, blue skies. It was pretty warm in the sun–I think it got into the 70s or 80s–but there was a nice breeze. We took Django on a walk to the park. He doesn’t like really warm weather, so I brought water bottles with ice water for him to drink from and also to spray on him to help keep him cool. When we got home, we all hung out back on the patio in the shade, enjoying the nice breeze and relaxing. So nice!
Easy run: 5.52 miles
I met Anna and Jamie near the trail. We ran on the trail to the West End Bridge, onto Carson Street, over the Smithfield Street Bridge, and back through Downtown. It was 55 when we started at 9:30, but the sun was so intense. We tried running in the shade, but whenever we had to run in the sun, it beat us down. Even though I was really hot and completely wilted, it was fun as always to run with friends. I think if I’d have tried to run by myself I wouldn’t have made it 1 mile!
I’d planned to do strength training after my run, but I felt so wiped out from being in the sun for more than an hour that I didn’t do any strength.
In the afternoon Dave and I took Django to the Buffalo Freeport Community Trail. This trail is the course for the Buffalo Creek Half Marathon that I do in the fall, and it’s a gorgeous, shady trail. Umm…but it’s only shady when there leaves on the trees. Oops! It got up to 80 with really intense sun again. Luckily, there were several spots where we could take Django to the creek beside the trail. He loves lying down in the water to cool off, so he was a happy boy in the creek. We also explored some little side trails and came across the ruins of an old mill. We walked about 3 miles total. It was a fun day!