We’ve had a nice stretch of weather around here and I’m just enjoying fall running while it lasts. As much as I love summer, the heat and humidity this year really did me in. I know things are going to get trickier for running with the stroller as it gets colder, so this seems to be the sweet spot for running this year.
I’ve continued to build my mileage and work on my #rundestober run streak. So far it’s going well, and honestly I think the weather is playing a huge part in that. I don’t think I will want to run this much when it’s colder and it’s also going to be harder to get out every day.
Oh and this week I hit 1,000 miles for the year so far! The last time I ran that much in a year was 2015.
Weekly Run Down: Enjoying Fall Running While it Lasts
Monday: 7.3 Miles with Cruise Intervals + Core Work
Tuesday: 4.2 Stroller Miles + Strength Training
Wednesday: 7 Miles (3.3 Treadmill and 3.7 Stroller) + Hip/Glute Exercises
Thursday: 4.2 Miles With Surges + Strength Training
Friday: 1.6 Miles + Walking + Core Work
Saturday: 11.6 Miles
Sunday: 4.2 Stroller Miles
Total: 40.2 Miles
I decided to push my 10k back a few weeks so I will probably do it around the last week in October. My workout on Monday was 4 x 5 minutes at 10k pace, and it didn’t feel too hard. Last week when I did 400s at 10k pace I think it was just harder to settle into the pace. I will probably try to get in one more workout before the race and then I’ll just see what happens. In case you missed it, last week I shared how to train for a 10k race!
I was planning to do 10-12 miles on Saturday. I had my root canal the day before, so I was a little nervous that I would wake up with pain or discomfort and not want to run long. Luckily it felt fine when I woke up and I had no problem getting in my miles.
However, running in the cooler weather and the dark requires so much gear. By the time I gathered up all my lights and layers I somehow forgot to bring my gels. I had finally ordered a new box about a week ago, and this would be my first time using them since last fall.
I realized my mistake within a mile of starting my run. Since I wasn’t far from home I decided to swing past my house at mile 4 and grab them. After I started running again I realized a new problem: I didn’t have anywhere to store them! I ate one and was able to shove the other one into the pocket of my vest.
I also used my RunBottle that I got a few weeks ago from SmartShake. When you drink it you don’t tilt it and it doesn’t spill or anything. It lasted my throughout my run, but I was rationing it. I would definitely need more during a hot summer run.
It’s already been tricky dressing Grayson for stroller runs. We got the Footmuff from Thule and used that on Tuesday. He didn’t mind having it on, but he kept pulling out his hands. At this point I figure once it gets really cold maybe he will be more open to keeping his hands under the footmuff or a blanket, or will let me put gloves on him.
A 40 Mile Week
Earlier this year I decided I wanted to very slowly work on building my mileage up to 40 miles a week. A few weeks ago I ran over 40 miles across a 7 day span, but not Monday-Sunday. I’m not sure why, but I wanted to make it happen across a planned week and not when I did 2 long runs within the same 7 days.
This week I an 40.2 miles! It’s been a very slow build to get here. I used to run 40 miles a week all the time before 2016. Then I got injured for a long time, was pregnant, had Grayson, etc. It took a while to build back from all that.
I don’t necessarily plan to keep my mileage at 40 miles a week. It’s nice to know I can do it. But without training for a real race there’s no reason to be pushing to get in a few extra miles all the time when I could be doing other things. I’ll probably stick around the 30-35 mile per week range, at least for this month, and then decide what I want to work on next.
Have you been enjoying some nice fall weather lately?
Are you focusing on any goals or upcoming races?