Happy Sunday! And happy first week of summer!
This past week I continued tapering down with running so that I start marathon training feeling fresh and super motivated. The hot weather also continued. I’m happy the first four weeks of training will be easy runs because I’m not sure how I’m going to do speedwork in this heat. The heat isn’t so much a shock to my body now, and I feel pretty used to slogging through hot, humid mornings and being drenched in sweat after 10 minutes, but doing speedwork when it’s so hot is a different story. I’ll have to cross that bridge when I come to it.
I’m also continuing enjoying doing all the fun summer things and got a lot done with cleaning and organizing the house. As excited as I am for training to start, I’ll definitely miss having enough energy after work to clean out closets and going back to sleep instead of running when I wake up to thunderstorms. But…it’s happening! It’s almost time to move into a new chapter of my running journey, and I feel very ready for it.
This upcoming week will be my last hurrah, ending with a weekend away. I’ll be spending 4th of July weekend hiking and relaxing in a cabin in the woods–my happy place–with my husband and dog then will start training when I get back.
Week at a Glance
- Training mode: In off-season between training cycles; marathon training starts July 4
- Days running: 3
- Miles this week: 12.5
- Miles this month: 66.07
- Miles this year: 886.14
- Strength training sessions: 3
I was short on time and did 10 minutes of lower body strength training plus push-ups.
Easy run: 4 miles (71 degrees)
Without thinking about it, I ended up wearing a running version of my Monday strength training outfit!
I’d planned to meet Joanna for a morning run, but when I woke up there was crazy lightning and thunder and the radar map didn’t look good. We texted and agreed to skip the run, then I lounged in bed listening to the rain since I couldn’t fall back asleep. There’s something comforting and relaxing about staying in bed when it’s raining out.
Later I did 22 minutes of strength training: 3 sets of squats with heavy weights, push-ups, single-leg deadlifts, chair dips with feet on swiss ball, and regular and side planks. I think this is a pretty good full-body workout that I can continue doing once training starts.
Easy run: 5 miles (67 degrees)
I had the day off and started it with a run in 100% humidity. It was like running through a swamp. I went at an easy pace so it wasn’t that bad.
I had a busy day and no time to run, so I didn’t run. I drove to Greensburg, an hour from Pittsburgh, to drop off my dog at my friends’ house who have greyhounds. These are the friends who watch Django when we go on vacation, so it’s like his second home, and he always has fun playing with his greyhound friends there. Then I went to meet another friend for brunch. After brunch I went back to pick up Django, then we all went for a hike in the woods. The hike ended with a creek the dogs could play in. Of course Django laid down in the water to cool off. He was pretty happy!
Easy run: 3.5 miles (70 degrees)
I met Anna early for a short, easy run on the river trail. I forgot my watch! I don’t think I’ve ever forgot to wear my watch! But Anna had hers and reported we did about 3.5 miles.
I went home and did the same 22-minute strength training routine as Friday then showered. Then Anna and her husband came back to meet Dave and me to walk over to Open Streets, where a street is closed to cars for the whole morning. It was supposed to get up to 90 so we weren’t sure how far we would walk, but we were able to keep to the shade so it was fun and not too hot. We also stopped to get adult snow cones made with berry vodka, so that helped the fun factor! We walked from 16th Street Bridge to the end of Open Streets in Lawrenceville, 47th Street, and back. We stopped back at our house for a hard cider to cool down and relax.
We hadn’t taken Django because it was too hot, so after we got back we took him for a walk in shady Riverview Park. We saw a deer lying peacefully in the woods, just watching us as we passed.
This week will be pretty similar–low-key with running and workouts. I do want to get better about blogging this week. I have reviews I want to post for Alo Yoga, Albion Fit, and Athleta, plus I’ll do my wrap-up post for my Lean & Strong plan that you haven’t heard much about lately. Until then, I’ll leave you with this capture of my pretty girl Elsie!