I lived my best runner's life this week with temperatures in the (very) low 50's. I've heard it said that training in heat and humidity is "poor man's altitude training" and I feel very much like I went from 10,000 feet to sea level. 30.5 miles of running and the bare minimum in the weight lifting department.
Monday: the first day of the cold spell and I eagerly lapped up 5.25 miles.
Tuesday: I went to the "track" a.k.a. the flat walking loop and increased my long repeats to 1.5 miles. 1.5 miles warm up, 1.5 mile repeats w/0.25 miles recover x 2 and then 2 miles cool down for 7 miles total (and since it's just you and me, the last mile of the cool down was purely for bragging rights).
Wednesday: I knew that I needed a rest day and I took it, but man it was the coolest day of the week and it was so hard to pass up a run. I mean, I still got my walking in but...
Thursday: oh NBD just another 7 miles. 2 miles warm up, 4x400 w/400 recover, 3 miles cool down. And since it's just you and me the last two miles of the cool down were somewhere between showing off and genuinely having fun and not wanting to stop.
Friday: was the day that I made another long time dream come true. I've always wanted to get my long run done on a Friday and the schedule worked out this week. Normally I like to take my sweet time on long run day and have coffee and treat myself to a nice breakfast beforehand, usually something sugary like waffles or French toast. As it was I had a quick slurp of coffee, a Cliff bar, and a glass of UCAN and was out the door for 8 miles.
My biggest goal for this run was to do it without stopping since I've gotten in the habit of taking breaks on my runs over the summer. That was easy enough (I never said that the goal was to get through the run without wanting to stop😁) so then I added the secondary goal of a fast finish and busted out my final mile in 10:45. Next week the goal will be to do a fast middle and a fast finish...oh wait according to the forecast the goal next week will just be to run at all since it's going to be hot again.
Saturday: rest due to a family party.
Sunday: I was torn between taking a rest day yet kind of wanting to run so a run it was. 3.3 treadmill miles. The temperature is back up...sigh, I guess the dream can't go on forever.
I'm not sure exactly what the plan is for next week, but with the forecast back to 🔥, I may try combo treadmill/outside runs just to help myself out a bit. Or I might suck it up and just do shorter runs in the heat. TBD.
Athlete Crush of the Week
Jeannie Rice. I'd heard of her before and I know I heard her on some podcast at some point, but the memory was refreshed when Darlene recommended this podcast episode. Jeannie is 72, started running at 35, has never had a running injury and "only" has 7 National Records and "only" got a 3:24 at the Berlin marathon last year. I could listen to her talk all day.
Also of Interest
As much as I am "over" summer running, I also got a lot out of this episode of Run Eat Repeat.
Happy Running Everyone!