You can’t make this shit up: both last week and this week, I ran exactly 57.89 miles. In the past week, summer has arrived in a big way bringing with it a resurgence of my watch tan and lots of hot, sticky runs where I swore I’d get my hydration back under control.
Monday: Easy 8.9 feeling really ploddy.
Tuesday: Easy 9.4 with Annie on trails.
Wednesday: Miserable track workout in 80 degrees and humidity at high noon. Excellent sunburn as a bonus. The goal was 12X400 at 90 seconds with 75 seconds of jogging recovery in between. I timed the first couple but gave up with the headwind/humidity and tractor parked across lanes 1 through 4 and just tried to keep the effort the same. By the end, the lane lines were starting to swirl on me but I survived. 8.5 miles with a heavy leg lift after.
Thursday: 6.5 mile recovery run. Legs really cooked which oppressive humidity didn’t help.
Friday: 7.5 miles, some of which was with Collette. Legs started to feel snappy towards the end of the hour. Still wicked humid. Lifted arms at home.
Saturday: 10 miles. I meant to do a long run but then I took a small fall at about 8 miles. And by small fall, I mean stepped in a huge hole and fell on my face. My knee bled for the rest of my run and was pretty sore when it was time to drop Joey off so I used all of my grown-up judgment and stopped. Total Abs routine.
Sunday: 7 mile tempo run. Drills (go me!!), 2 mile warmup, 25 minutes continuous tempo and cooldown. Hip core after. My Garmin was all sorts of pissed off by the trees but my pace for the tempo section was 6:45 pace, which was right on for a tempo effort over 20 minutes.
2 core sessions
Reflection: This week was rough weather-wise, but committing to Albany really helped my motivation and my focus on doing the “extras.” I’m not tapering for the half next weekend so am looking forward to a workout on Tuesday and lifting throughout the week.
Hip Core Routine: 45 to 60 seconds for each activity
Single Leg Bridge
How was your week in running? Anyone else fall-prone? What’s your approach to running in humidity?