Teresa from@ Finding Fabulous at Fifty is guest hosting this week! Stop by and show her some love :)
The weatherman promised the morning temps would be much cooler Wednesday after the rain. I rested Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday morning. Seriously, I gotta get my act together, I could be cross training but I really did not feel like it!
|Mushrooms are everywhere right now|
I ran 17 miles in three runs this week.
Thursday 4 progressive begin 11:00 end 10:15
I woke up and it was 69 and very humid, I wasn't thrilled with Mr.Weatherman! LMAO, I should have known better than this trust his forecast. I had pre- programmed my Garmin because I am not good at hitting specific paces! I took off so many days I wondered if my legs would remember how to run.
I do love the cues for pace from my Garmin, but for this run it made me realize how hard it was to get close to my target pace LOL My watch was constantly beeping showing me how off pace I was!
1.00 mi - 11:00 min actual 10:58
1.00 mi - 10:45 min actual 10:47
1.00 mi - 10:30 min actual 10:57
1.00 mi - 10:15 min actual 10:14
I took a route so I could run some flatter roads, and misjudged how far from home I would finish, I think I was delirious! lol I had to run an extra mile to get home, which I did at an 11:20 pace and it felt much more manageable. My body still wants to run that easier pace.
Friday 4 2/2/4/4/4/2/2 ( 200's 1 min. 400's 2 min.) 200 recoveries
I started a little later (because I love sleep!) and because I was trying to hit that sweet spot where some of morning humidity has burnt off after sun up, but the sun isn't super strong yet. It was 66 but the humidity was still eating me up. I think heat acclimation is a unicorn! I just never felt really on top of this workout. I ran around the bus loop and tried, but I was draggging.
200 in minutes - 1:01, 1:01
400 - 2:03, 2:11, 2:13 I couldn't get to the 2 min. mark
200 - 1:03, 1:00
A little over a warm up/cool down mile 4.33 miles
45:13 avg pace 10:27
|My weight session|
I finally went to the gym!! I did the elliptical and weights. I try to keep it moving during my weight sessions, I am still not lifting super heavy, but I do enough to challenge myself.
Sunday 8 10:40 -11:00
Finally the morning I was promised! The dew point was down...why can't all summer mornings be like this?! It would make this running thing a whole lot easier.
I broke my run in half and put in my target (10:40-11:00) I did this on purpose so I could try to make the second half of the run a little faster.
I could put my target pace in mile by mile and get my splits, but honestly I don't miss them.
My read out looks like this:
I had a few moments where my body wanted to dip down to that 11:15 -11:20 pace to recover, like after a hill, but overall this run was pretty good and I stayed on track. I was able to pick up the pace just a little the last two miles :) I filled my pack with a bottle of powerade, water, and tablet of Nuun. I drained all 2 liters. I debated before I left the house if I should just carry my bottle, but I am glad I went with the pack, it still felt warm and I think the steady hydration flow really made this run.
I am not sure how to best grade my training. Pace? How I felt?
The struggle in the humidity even for short distances feels a little discouraging to me. After running in it since April, I don't seem to do any better no matter if it is 65 or 75 degrees, I feel very heavy, I battle nausea, and I walk a fine line so I don't over exert myself.
When I look solely at pace, I would say I did okay. I found a way to get close anyways.
I do realize I can't accomplish it all right away, and I am very thankful I ended the week on a high note with a happy long run. It was nice to get a break from the rain-forest. It was nice to be running and smiling. It was nice to hold my pace steady up a few small hills and not feel my heart pounding out of my chest. It was a nice way to close out the week.
Rolling onto week three with Coach HoHo I'm ready to see how it all unfolds!
Oh, and I cut about 5 inches off my hair and hardly anyone noticed because I always wear it up in a wet knot that is usually very messy LOL It was getting crazy bushy, I feel a little more human now.
Ever have those days where 4 miles kicks your butt so bad you want to be done?
How are things in your neck of the woods??
Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great week ❤