This week brought the start of July and it certainly felt like it! A few weeks ago it seemed like every few days we would get a little break from the heat, but not anymore. Lately it has felt like each day is hotter than the one before. I’m trying to just enjoy it (if that’s possible) but the heat has definitely slowed me down. I really notice it on the stroller runs because we go out after the sun is already up (plus I’m pushing the stroller). All that being said, it was still a pretty good week! Let’s take a look at the Race Across Maryland Week 3.
Weekly Run Down
Monday: Strength Training + 4.6 Stroller Miles + 1.3 Mile Walk
Tuesday: 6.35 Miles (with 8 x 400s) + Hip/Glute Strength + 3.2 Mile Walk
Wednesday: Strength Training + 4 Stroller Miles + 1.6 Mile Walk
Thursday: Rest Day + 3.4 Mile Walk
Friday: 4.2 Stroller Miles + Core Work + .6 Mile Walk
Saturday: 10 Miles + 1 Mile Walk
Sunday: 3.6 Stroller Miles + .9 Mile Walk
Weekly Run Miles: 32.7
Weekly Walk Miles: 12
Total Race Across Maryland Miles: 128/250
Due to the heat even walking was a struggle this week. I found myself breaking them into shorter walks because we both couldn’t handle being outside in the middle of the day for too long. Last year I was able to use a fan on the stroller, but this year I can’t figure out anywhere to put it without Grayson being able to grab it. At least this year I can give him cold water to drink while we are out, assuming he doesn’t toss it out of the stroller.
On Tuesday I did a speed workout as I am prepping for a 1 mile race at the end of July. I ran 8 sets of 400s, aiming for around my 1 mile pace. I didn’t quite hit my paces, but the effort was certainly there. It’s been awhile since I did short, fast intervals like this and I felt them in the heat.
Saturday’s long run was such a struggle. Even before I got outside it was one of those mornings where nothing was going right. I realized my contact was torn and had to go change it shortly before getting out the door. The night before I froze a little water in my hydration pack but due to the way I had it in the freezer the water was frozen through the straw. I crossed my fingers that it would start working once it got warmer from being outside and started melting.
Even though I started my run at 5:00 it was already 77 degrees. Initially I had been thinking I would do 11 miles this weekend, but knowing it was so hot I ended up adjusting my goal to at least 8 miles, thinking more realistically I would do 9-10. By mile 5 my hydration pack started working, but it was also really hot by that time. I ended up making it 10 miles but it wasn’t pretty.
I’ve been keeping up with my strength and core work regularly, and trying to include more foam rolling and mobility in my weekly routine. Stretching after my runs is such a struggle. When I run alone early I do try to give myself a few minutes to get it done. But when Grayson is with me we get home and its on to the next thing- I’m lucky to be able to take a shower and eat something. (He gets a second breakfast, so he doesn’t really mind that part).
Sometimes when he is playing I can get in a few minutes of stretching, but for the most part he interferes with that. Like he thinks that when I lay on the floor that it means I want to be tackled. Not sure where he got that idea but I don’t like it! He also doesn’t want me to foam roll because he thinks they are his toys. I guess we need to work on sharing.
Race Across Maryland Week 3
Overall it was a decent week. I felt good about getting in my miles despite the heat. I’m thinking next week will be a cutback week since I’ve been slightly increasing my mileage for a few weeks now. I’m also supposed to do a virtual stroller race this week. Honestly I really won’t be “racing” it. It’s just a fun challenge with some other runners on Instagram. I’ll push myself a bit but I can’t imagine I will be able to go very fast pushing the stroller in the heat!
How were your workouts last week?
Have you been running earlier lately to beat the heat?
Do you ever freeze your water before bringing it on a run?