I probably shouldn’t have just jumped right back into my training plan, exactly as written, but I did. I’m a little more sore than normal but nothing feels more than achy. You know you haven’t run in awhile when a 3 mile track workout leaves your legs feeling like dead weights for a few days.
Friday I did a quick 2 miler before work, and before the serious heat started. I’m glad I woke up at 6 because by 3pm it was 102 degrees, felt like 121 degrees with 46% humidity. I’ve found a “new” route around my neighborhood that’s different from the one that I used to run all the time and I’m really digging it. It’s short but can easily be switched up for longer distances. Plus it starts with a little up hill and, weirdly, that’s kind of a nice way to get my legs moving right away.
I stretched out with some yoga on Saturday to get my legs ready for my first long run in two weeks. Sadly, my usually awesome yoga instructor was kind of out of her mind and class was tedious and not fun… but I guess it did the job because my legs felt pretty good after.
Sunday’s long run was moved to the ungodly time of 6:30 a.m. to try to beat out the worst of the day’s heat. The start time was definitely a little more tolerable because Victoria joined us! The miles definitely went by quickly as we chatted. By about 7:15 we were really happy that we started at 6:30 because it was already starting to get HOT. I know, I know… all the heat wave talk is getting old but it’s so hard for me to understand how it can be so hot while it’s so early! I went out thinking I had 7 miles on the schedule and decided to cut it to just over 6 because my legs were tired but it turned out that only 6 was scheduled so it was perfect! Coach Bridget brought watermelon for the finish area and it was such a nice end to a really hot, humid run. I think watermelon is going to have a permanent post long run fixture for me.
Now I’m starting week 8 of my training. I can’t believe it. Virginia Beach is getting so close! I am actually really excited for my upcoming 8 miler and I guess that’s a good sign. It will be my longest run without a walk break (so long as it goes well) by about 2 miles and I’m happy I’m at a point where that’s more exciting than scary.
How are you handling your training in the summer months?