Welcome back to Workout Wednesday! Let’s just jump right into the summary of my runs for the last week!
First run: My first run of the week was on Wednesday. Due to the heat and humidity, I decided to say hello to my old friend, the treadmill. I am not a fan of running on them just because I feel that I can get bored or tire myself out by trying to match my pace with the people around me (anyone else do this??). Surprisingly, I pr’d on my 3 mile run. 10:13 is probably the fastest pace I have had in…forever. I was going to try for 3.2 miles but after running faster than normal, I was beat after those 3 miles. I was SOAKED with sweat once I left. Even though the gym has air conditioning, the humidity still lingers. I was also able to lift some iron. I haven’t done that in so long and boy can I tell. My strength isn’t what it used to be BUT I am loving the definition I am seeing in my legs. I lifted some biceps and back. Leaving the gym, I felt like a total ba. It was awesome.
Second run: This day was hot as well but I ran around a specific block by my house that equals this distance. It is really nice to know the distances around the blocks. There have been multiple times where I think I have the right distance layed out to realize that I have to run around a block again to get there. I don’t like doing that! I was planning on doing my long run this day but since it was already really hot out, I could feel myself getting really hot. I also couldn’t quite cool down like normal. I took this as a sign to STOP pushing myself and calm the hell down. Once I got home I drank some ice cold water and did some stretching. It took me quite a while to stop sweating but eventually I felt better.
Third run: Due to a late night and some drinking, I didn’t get up on Saturday until about 10am. I actually didn’t feel too bad though. I decided that I would see how the run felt before determining if I was going to do my long run or not. It was warm out but the sky was overcast and there was a breeze. Perfect day for a long run…right?! Mother nature seriously laughed in my face. As I turned around to go back home, I noticed a front of weather right behind me. It looked pretty gloomy so I picked up the pace a little bit just in case it started to sprinkle. Boy, did it sprinkle. HARD.
About 3 minutes after the front rolled past me, it started to pour. And as you can see from the photo above, it was heavy. I had to run about a half of a mile to get to this tunnel. I was soaked. My shoes squished and my pants were glued to my body. I was going to try and run back to the house but after some lightening and thunder, I decided to have Bill come and pick me up. It would have been almost another mile back to the house and with the sheets of rain coming down, I chose the high road of stopping. 11:22 is a little slower for me but that included multiple stops due to the rain. I also failed at finding the linking trails behind my house. I am determined to find those damn things!!
Fourth run: Now this one is not listed because I don’t really consider it a run. I left the house and started out walking and then it transitioned to a run for about 1.5 miles. This was late at night and after dinner. I really just didn’t have anything in my tank.
Moral of the story, I didn’t get my long run in last week. While I am really bummed about that, this week’s long run was supposed to be a legit 5k race. Since there are none around right now (and I didn’t really want to spend money on one), I will be doing my long run as well as some speed work.
Check in next week to see how Week 7 of training goes and if I found those trails!!