Monday, June 29, 2015

Theme of Last Week ~ Bleary


I decided I would try an evening run since the humidity is usually a tick lower as the day progresses, but it was so hot, it made no difference. It felt beyond tough... in fact it stole my running mojo for a few days. Ran a 5K, then walked two miles. After the sun went down I was able to run two more miles, but I felt crazy drained. 

5K - 10:20 avg.   2 miles - 9:22 avg. 


Hubby and I went to the gym ~ cycled 10 miles and did some light strength training for 50 minutes. 


 I started adding these into my work out. If you haven't tried this, you should it feels tough, but great. 

                                     ....rest


I got up and ran 4 miles before work. It felt tough, my legs felt noodled (no idea from what?) ¯\_()_/¯



10K Friday ♡ with run buddy. We were both were drenched from the very thick, dormant feeling air, and struggled at different points, but we managed to keep moving. So, I call it a win...
We walked two miles after we ran and it felt much more manageable. 
10K 10:29 avg. 


Later hubby and I went to the gym - 3 miles on the treadmill, and it's the first time my leg didn't ache after a treadmill run!  

We spent about 50 minutes doing core work. 


My legs felt like toast...I am losing my stamina when it comes to distance running. 
15 minute warm up on the elliptical 
Hubby and I lifted for almost an hour and a half. We walked 20 minutes on the treadmill as a cool down, I could't have run if you stuck $100 bills under my nose. 



Look at that... a real breeze! I wasn't going to miss a chance to run even though my legs were feeling tired. 

5K 9:40 avg. ㋡ 


I had some moments where I pushed hard for sure, but I never had a day where I felt 100% on, ready to roll. It felt like my Monday run sucked up all my mojo, and my legs felt fatigued all week.

Do you find you need a much longer recovery time in heat? 

I saw my endocrinologist this week, more about that in another post, but she reminded to be extra careful in heat...

"I am losing my running endurance when it comes to distance stamina."  Ever been through this panic?

I was grateful to have one run where a breeze was actually blowing! 
Did you get to enjoy any breezy days last week?

Happy Trails to you, 
Karen


34 comments:

  1. Yup. My running pace is gone as well as my endurance. Oh well, it's better than not be able to run at all.

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    1. I hope your foot is feeling better! The few months before I realized I had a stress fracture, 10:45 become the norm for me and I had a bunch of runs that were in the 11's. Being hurt will totally mess your pace.
      I feel like i am still pushing too hard in the heat, I think I will see a more significant pace drop this month so I can survive summer.

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  2. I have been taking time to cool down more when running in the heat, too. I usually end my run and go right inside but now I walk for a bit and think it helps! I hope you aren't as fatigued this week. We gotta get used to this humidity soon, right?! :)

    LOL at that pic!

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    1. I was hoping to feel more adjusted by now, but I still feel like I need to let myself slow down a bit more. You know that hard part is I know I will be out there longer if I ease up more...ugh! LOL
      Don't you love my beefcakes Hubby LOL, that may be slightly photo shopped ;)

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  3. Oh gosh, the heat/humidity totally sap me for the rest of the day after a hot run. I share your pain! I've been kicking myself when I don't get up and out there by 5:30am. I also share your concern about not having much of any endurance under my belt. You look so fresh and cute in your pics! : )

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    1. That's sweet of you, I hardly ever feel fresh, sweaty and smelly seem to be the norm lately LOL
      Some days it's really hard to get up, but it is worth it :)
      I am so worried I will never be able to run a half again...

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  4. I ran 11 miles in it yesterday...ugh. I didn't get much accomplished after that! I'm impressed you can run sub 10 in the heat & humidity. You'll never hear me complain about running in the winter. Your weight pics make my elbow hurt just looking at them (I'm tired of being the old lady with elbow tendonitis!) The pic of your hubs is priceless. Did he like it?

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    1. 11 miles is awesome :) I am so afraid I will never run that far again...
      I can only run a little faster when I am going that shorter distance or when i know I am late for work lol
      Friday we had a few much slower miles, but picked it up at the end so we could just be done. I love walking! I never complain about winter either.
      I hope that elbow gets to feeling better. I know that frustration, it isn't fun.
      Hubs loved it LOL

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  5. Girl... you are amazing!!!! Look at all you accomplish in a week!
    Totally laughed at your hubs gym pic :) haha I bet he loved it.

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    1. yes, he loved it!
      Some weeks are better than others, but I sure wish I could feel better! isn't exercise suppose to make you feel better? I feel like I am just hanging on.

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  6. Great week, way to rock the workouts! I feel like my distance endurance goes in cycles and it definitely seems to be less when it is hot out. My longest run lately has been a ten... going for 11 on Thursday, but only if I roll outta bed really early!

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    1. Thanks!!
      You can do it! What's up with the heat spell in MT!? It seems early in summer to be so hot there :(

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  7. I am definitely knocked out for the day with the heat and humidity--Luckily, we are having a cool stretch here. I try and pick shady runs, and go as early as possible.
    Your pushup with weights is pretty incredible! I am always amazed how strength training zaps my energy for runs too, but I know it will help in the future.
    I am afraid of losing my endurance too. I just keep saying, "forward progress".
    I loved the photo-shop pic!

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    1. Thanks!
      I love doing upper and core work, my leg work is another issue..lol lame!
      I need to get back to trail running some, our trails seemed a bit too hazardous after being injured, but I do miss the shade.
      I know we all say when it cools off, we will get it back, but I worry it may not happen.

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  8. Here in Montana, it's really hot (near 100) so I've been sure to run in the cooler mornings. I've done the same experiment that you did and found that although the humidity is down later in the day (in Texas) the temp is up and it's still uncomfortable whichever time of day you choose. That weight exercise you did - hard, I know!

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    1. Montana is having quite a heat spell, it seems early in summer for that to happen! I hope it breaks and your marathon is in much better temps.
      I am trying to increase my core work - sometimes it isn't fun, but I need it :)
      Sounds like Texas and VA have similar issues in summer.

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  9. On Sunday's run I didn't get out until midday (1 pm or so), and though it was cooling down from the heat spell earlier in the week (I think the high was a mere 88 or so), it was still hot, but there was a great breeze most of the time. Loved it so much!

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    1. A breeze is so helpful! I hate that still air, it just feels suffocating. 88 would be tough for me though even with a breeze :)

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  10. The humidity is a real humbler, when it comes to running. Last summer I ran my slowest half marathon ever in the heat and humidity and that race really sapped my confidence for Chicago! Think about the positives here--the humidity is actually helping you build endurance and your fall runs will be amazing. True story. Hang in there.

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    1. It helps me to hear that from a seasoned runner, who has so many years of running in. It does zap the confidence. I try to hang on to this >"actually helping you build endurance and your fall runs will be amazing."

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  11. I live in Colorado and run before the sun comes up so I don't have to deal w/ heat (and we don't really have much humidity). That being said, my paces are slower than yours! I know you feel slow, but just remember there are always others out there that are slower. Keep up the great work!

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    1. Colorado is so pretty! I really do want to visit one day :) Pace is a funny thing, finding that comfortable sweet spot for you. I don't mind the actual pace, I just get discouraged that it feels harder to keep myself moving even going up to a minute slower, I think that laborious exertion is what drains me.

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  12. I love the balance of workouts you have going on right now! Getting in all that strength training makes losing a little running endurance seem not that bad. I bet your endurance is still there - it's just being zapped by the heat and humidity! The last couple of weeks I had felt like my endurance was zapped too but then I realized I was trying to run my long runs at the same pace I did in the winter. Once I let myself run at a comfortable summer pace I was back to feeling like myself!

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    1. That's awesome! That's what I miss, I can't find a place where it feels okay...it all feels so hard. I think I feel another post coming about this, I worry you all will get very sick of hearing me whine.
      I admire you, running in Florida would kill me.

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  13. Great job on your workouts. Running can be more challenging in this heat and humidity. We just have to accept that our pace will be slower. Though I would take this over the cold any day. I have done push up that way before and it is a great exercise.

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    1. Thanks! I feel like a different person lately. I kept hoping if I relaxed about it I would adjust, but so far I don't feel like I am over that hump.
      I am enjoying strength training so at least that keeps me feeling happy :)

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  14. Great week Karen! The heat was tough everywhere last week! It was hard to stay hydrated on runs. Those push-ups look tough! You are such a beast with strength training! :) I agree, the heat takes more out of you and I do need more recovery time and I have to be a little more serious about it.

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    1. Thanks :) It has been a tough June. I want water now a mile into a run, I can't even imagine how I was running 7 and 8 mile with nothing lol - how easy we forget lol

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  15. Love the recap! Cool idea. Great job getting out there. I did a night run last year and HATED it! 8:45 start for a 10K. Cool idea with Tiki lights and leis, but it was a huge struggle. Way to keep moving Karen! BTW - got my oil, can't WAIT to try it!!!! Thanks so much!!

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    1. I hope you enjoy the oil :)
      I am just not into the evening running much myself lol - my tummy never feels as good as it does in the morning!

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  16. I am loving your pictures!

    I do plank rows too! Save them until the end on back day. :)

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    1. Thanks Megan!
      I couldn't remember what to call plank rows when I wrote this! LOL I am not as wobbly as I used to be :)

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  17. The heat is SO tough and the humidity makes it exponentially harder! It definitely takes a lot out of me and I need more recovery time. I can't imagine running in temps that warm all the time.

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    1. It's been strange, I kind of feel permanently fatigued lol Thanks goodness the past few days have been in the 70's here, I think I was at a snapping point!

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