Isn’t it fun when summer weather hits with a vengeance? No more cool mornings this past week! While we’ve had almost daily rain all June, I continued to luck out with dry mornings for my runs, so there’s that. I have to say, though, that while I used to love cold weather running and despise hot weather running, that’s changing. Yes, I’m drenched after running in very warm, humid temps for even a few minutes. And yes, hard workouts are even harder in hot weather. But since I’m continuing to do 80% easy running, I’m really not minding the warm weather too much.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been increasing some of my morning runs slightly so that my standard weekday run is 4 miles, since that will be my minimum mileage when marathon training starts. Those 4-mile runs are now pretty routine, which is good. This past week I also slightly increased my long run and will continue doing that so that I get used to longer runs. I also wanted to increase my long run to get more time on trails. My trail 10K is this upcoming weekend, and that will be my longest distance on trails.
I’m really excited about this trail 10K. This will be my first trail race, and I have none of the anxiety or pressure that usually comes with other races. I’ll get to run in a park I’ve never been to and am looking forward to discovering a new trail. I have no race goals other than to enjoy the course.
Overall, running continues to be great right now as I’m still in my perfect little run-life-balance bubble that I know will burst once marathon training kicks in. Four more weeks until Philly Marathon training starts!
Week at a Glance
- Training mode: Pre-marathon training; training for a 10K trail run June 24
- Days running: 5
- Miles this week: 20.5
- Time running this week: 4:58
- Miles this month: 56.56
- Miles this year: 451.93
- Strength training: 60 minutes
Easy run: 3.6 miles
Tempo run: 4 miles
Mother Nature brought me the hottest morning of the year for my tempo run—76 degrees at 5 a.m. Thanks! During 5K training I did interval training but not tempo runs so wanted to get some experience with faster running for long periods. Because it was so warm, I didn’t have a target pace or even heart rate zone. I just wanted to run at an uncomfortable effort for two miles straight without stopping. After a 1-mile warm-up, I picked up the pace and almost immediately started dying. So finishing those 2 measly miles without stopping was really tough, but I’m proud that I kept pushing and did it. I was pushing so hard at the end and it was so hot that I actually felt dizzy when I was done and had to walk a bit before starting my cool-down mile. Two fast miles isn’t much, but it’s a start.
Strength training: 30 minutes
Easy run: 4 miles
Another very soupy morning!
Easy run: 3.5 miles
Aaaand another hot and humid morning.
Strength training: 30 minutes
I think we had a late-day storm every day this week because it was so hot and humid. I got caught in the storms a few times biking home–not fun! By Friday, there were flash floods everywhere, and I figured trail conditions wouldn’t be great. So I postponed my trail run until Sunday in hopes the trails would dry out.
Trail run: 5.4 miles
A bird in my house delayed my run. I was getting dressed in the bedroom when I noticed one of my cats meowing oddly. Then I saw what she saw–a bird perched on my wooden shutter. I have no idea how it got in. The cats were beside themselves, and the dog was a little scared, I guess because he didn’t know what was going on. I managed to get two of the cats and the dog out of the bedroom, but I could not get Orla out. She was determined to get that bird. I opened up all the windows and had a net that I’ve only used to catch bats that get in the house (again, no idea how they get in.) Turns out that bats are a lot easier to catch because they stay still long enough to net them. This poor bird just kept flying back and forth and would not fly down low enough to get out the window. I know it was stressed with Orla jumping at it and me standing there with a big net because it had its beak open and appeared to be panting. Finally, after about 15 minutes, it flew out. Thank goodness!
I’d gotten a late start to begin with, and by the time I did my grocery shopping, I didn’t get to the trail at North Park until 10–when it was already 80 degrees. As I walked to the trail–the same red-blue blazed trail I did last week–I saw so many people walking and running around the lake and looking like they were going to drop dead any second from the heat. I was very grateful I didn’t have to run in the sun! I headed into the shade, where it was still very warm but breezy and not too bad.
I was determined to run for 90 minutes, but it was a huge struggle. While the trail was fun and I enjoyed running on it, I got pretty wiped out halfway through the run. I was starving, my energy levels were very low, and I was nearly out of water because I’d been drinking so much. I hadn’t been able to keep my heart rate in the easy zone at all and would walk whenever it went into zone 4, which was often. The run hadn’t felt easy at all. I always bring one emergency gel with me and debated taking it, but I hate the idea of taking them for less than an 8-mile run. That’s silly, and I wish I had taken it. In my last mile I was really struggling and walked a lot. Next time when it’s that hot I’ll bring a bigger water bottle and will take a gel halfway through.
I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap, Steff, for the Pittsburgh Run Bloggers Weekly Recap, and Courtney for her Training Recap. Have a great week!