Last week I said that fall was almost in the air. Well now it’s officially in the air! We had temps drop into the 40s this weekend which is crazy this early in the season. On Monday my morning run was in the mid 70s with 90+% humidity. By Saturday it was 46 degrees. The cooler weather has me feeling the fall racing itch! I doubt I will be doing any in-person races this year, so I guess virtual ones will have to do.
Weekly Run Down: Feeling the Fall Racing Itch
Monday: 7 miles with speed ladder workout (1 mile, 1200m, 800m, 400m) + core/hip exercises
Tuesday: Strength Training + 4.2 Stroller Miles
Wednesday: 6 Miles + Core
Thursday: Strength Training + 4.1 Stroller Miles
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 11 Miles
Sunday: 3.6 Stroller Miles + Core/Glute Exercises
Total: 36 Miles
This week I tried something different with my workout schedule for a few reasons. I wanted to run early (solo) on the days my mom was coming to help with Grayson, this way I could be showered and ready to go work as soon as she got there. I also wanted to do my speed workout out Monday so my legs were not tired from lifting. This meant I lifted on Tuesday/Thursday and also did stroller runs those days.
Most weeks I’ve been taking a rest day on Thursday, but I opted to rest on Friday after my second strength session and before my long run. This meant I ran 7 days in a row and when I looked at my Garmin app I saw that I ran 40 miles over those 7 days!
I’m not sure if I will continue with this schedule or move it around again based on my workouts and work schedule. I kind of like having the option to run long on Friday. I guess I could always consider lifting over the weekend.
Monday’s Speed Ladder
This workout was to help me get ready for a 10k at the beginning of October. As I said, it was still warm on Monday so not ideal weather for a hard workout. I started with a 1.5 mile warm up and then ran 1 mile, 4 minutes of recovery, 1200m, 2:30 minutes of recovery, 800m, 2:00 minutes of recovery, 400m, cool down to 7 miles. I was happy with my paces considering the weather was warm and I haven’t done much speed work lately.
My splits at the and are a little weird because I programmed the workout into my watch with a 1.5 mile cool down but decided to do an extra 1/2 mile at the end.
Saturday Long Run
This was the first day the temps dropped into the 40s. While I’m not completely ready for cold weather, I was excited for this run. After the first mile I knew I had some faster miles in my legs so I decided to add in some alternating hard miles. My run looked like this:
2 miles easy
3 miles hard
1 mile easy
2 miles hard
1 mile easy
1 mile hard
1 mile easy
I wasn’t necessarily aiming for a certain pace, just something that felt a little faster than marathon pace that I could hold for a few miles. Changing up my pace like this definitely helped the miles pass by quickly.
It looks like it will warm up again this week but not be too hot. Hopefully we will be getting some nice fall weather! While I am feeling the fall racing itch, I don’t except to run any races any time soon. I haven’t seen any local ones that are in person, and even if there were I’m not sure I would be comfortable running them. Besides, it seems like there would need to be so many precautions in place that I can’t help but wonder if it would take away from the race atmosphere. I’ll probably just continue running and occasionally doing virtual races until the spring, and then maybe racing will be more of an option.
Are you feeling the fall racing itch?
Do you think you will run any live races this year?
Are you enjoying cooler weather yet?