The theme of this week was doing what I could with what I had. Last week the weather was in my favor and the world was my oyster. This week, well, let's just say that Mother Nature got August temps back to average and then some. I called up my friend the treadmill and gave up my long run and got in 26 wonderful miles in return.
Monday: used the denial method to deal with the heat. 4.25 miles easy, with a speedy mile thrown in to show off and breaks taken as needed.
Tuesday: sometimes what looks bad on paper turns out well in the execution. The night before one of my running friends texted to see if anyone wanted to run at 6:30. Heck yes I did...and then someone else texted back "hey can we go at 6?". Ugh!
- That's earlier than I need to be up
- That's darker than I'm comfortable with
- The forecast for dark o'clock was "hot as balls"
Three strikes and this run was out! Another member of the group texted exactly what I was thinking but for some reason autocorrect changed my reply to "Sounds great! See u then!"
And of course it was fabulous. I did a mile on the treadmill beforehand, 3 with the group, and then came home and did another 2.25 to get to 6.25 miles total. It was very hot but I was able to keep up with the group without too much of a struggle.
Wednesday: off, apart from a marathon of forecast checking to make sure that the ungodly hot temps I was seeing for the rest of my running week were in fact going to happen.
Thursday: There was no way that I was going outside so I fired up the treadmill. I don't have a lot of treadmill endurance right now so I figured that I would do 2 or 3 miles inside and if I wanted more I'd catch a mile or two outside. And I ended up surprising myself by cranking out 6.3 miles, which is the longest treadmill run that I've done since March. I think that I was so horrified by the amount of sweat coming out of my body that I was distracted from the monotony of the treadmill. I briefly considered hanging in there for a few more miles to get my long run but decided to quit while I was ahead.
Friday: 5 treadmill miles! I debated just doing my normal Friday 4 or trying to get my long run of 8, which got me over the minimum but didn't quite give me the juice for the maximum.
Saturday: Procrastination pays off. You know I'm not one to hate on the treadmill, it's what makes running possible in extreme weather. But it does take a certain amount of mental grit and I just didn't have it that day. We'd had a huge storm the night before and the weather was very unstable. It was hot with blazing sun alternating with gusty winds and pitch black clouds, almost like a kid was playing with a light switch. What a great day...for a rest day. Except that the more I committed to a morning on the couch the more I wanted to get off my butt. I "always" work out in the morning and 11:59 AM is morning. Once I was out the door and running no surprise that things kind of worked out. The sun was intense in places but never for very long and there was quite a chilly headwind out there that was much appreciated (yes I just used the words "headwind" and "appreciated" in the same sentence). I knew that it was too hot for me to run without stopping, so that became my permission slip to push the pace and get myself a sub 11 minute paced run so boo-yah there. 4.25 miles and no regrets that I didn't get a long run in this week, there will be lots of weeks coming up where the forecast isn't trying to kill me.
Sunday: making up for the couch day that I didn't take yesterday and looking forward to next week's cooler temps.
That's all I've got for this week! Thanks for stopping by!