Happy Memorial Day! I hope everyone’s enjoying the long weekend. Mine has been a nice mix of having fun and getting stuff done around the house.
On Saturday I posted about Django’s fourth gotcha anniversary and was all, “He’s the best dog in the world!” Later that day, he ate a dead baby bird on our deck! I was both disgusted and sad that the baby bird had such an undignified end. I love Django, but he’s so gross!!!
This past week saw two firsts. One was running with friends on my early-morning weekday runs. I’ve never run with friends on weekday runs because most people don’t want to run so early, so I was pretty excited to have two weekday runs with friends this week. The second was the sudden onset of extremely hot weather. The temps went from about 45 to 85, and my body was not happy! The hot runs have been a huge struggle for me, but I know that it takes 8-10 runs before your body acclimates, and I know I need to be acclimated before training starts in four weeks. So I’m trying not to complain too much.
Here’s how the week went down.
Week at a Glance
- Training mode: In off-season between training cycles; marathon training starts June 27
- Days running: 5
- Miles this week: 23.03
- Miles this month: 89.63
- Miles this year: 775.07
- Strength training sessions: 2
I did 35 minutes of lower body and core strength training.
Easy run: 4 miles (53 degrees)
I met Anna for a morning run. So nice to have company!
At lunch I went to my first Piyo class.
Tempo run: 5.4 miles (68 degrees)
I ran with Anna again and Joanna. This was the first hot weather run of the year. I usually run a little faster than my typical easy pace when I run with others, and between the slightly faster pace and the hot and humid morning, my stomach got really upset and I felt like I might be sick. I was so happy to have friends there because it made the run so much better.
4 miles (70 degrees)
I learned my lesson and took a salt stick cap before the run, and my stomach was okay. Still, why does it have to be 70 degrees at 5:30 a.m.?! Blah!
Easy run: 4 miles (68-83 degrees)
I headed to Riverview Park for a trail run. It was 68 degrees when I started my run and 83 when I finished! There is one flat, wide trail in the park that I used as my warm-up and cool-down, but I mostly ran on the rolling, single-track mountain bike trails. Riverview Park is pretty much a big hill, so you’re either going up or down. Between the tough terrain and the heat, I took several walk breaks and went slower in general, and my average pace ended up being two minutes slower than my usual pace. It was really tough and I was sweating buckets, but I loved every minute of it because I love running in the woods. Trail running is very humbling because it’s so much harder and I go so much slower, but it’s also so much more gratifying. I passed a deer right by the side of the trail that had just taken a big bite of leaves and looked at me, startled, with leaves sticking out of its mouth as I ran past. I raced a squirrel on the trail. And, I sadly moved a dying bird off the main trail so that its last moments could be in peace.
I tried to get an action shot with my old phone that barely works, and this is what I got. You get the idea!
Easy run: 5.63 miles (70 degrees)
It was Open Streets in Pittsburgh, where they close a street from Downtown to the Lawrenceville neighborhood to cars for the morning. The streets are open for running, walking, biking, and skating, and there are lots of different activities on the route. I met Jamie to do the group run in the morning and had planned to come back to do Pure Barre, which I’ve been wanting to try, and then to bike the route with my husband. By the time Jamie and I got to Market Square Downtown for the group run, we were already sweating. It was cloudy, which was a relief from the sun, but so hot. This run was a struggle. We said we’d go slow, but our average pace was faster than my usual easy pace. It was so hot and I’d only brought my medium-sized water bottle and felt like I was dying. We stopped several times along the route, which was a nice break, but even still it was rough-going. Afterward I was so wiped out that I didn’t go back for Pure Barre or biking. I took a nap instead–I was just beat!