This was the 7th week of the race across Maryland, and I finally gave in to the heat and did some of my runs on the treadmill. I just wan’t feeling great running outside for more than a few miles, especially pushing the stroller. I wanted to get in my miles for the challenge (and for my sanity) so I split up some runs between the treadmill and outside with the stroller. Let’s take a look at the Race Across Maryland Week 7: Caving to the Heat.
Weekly Run Down (Race Across Maryland Week 7: Caving to the Heat)
Monday: Strength Training + 5.8 Miles (2 Treadmill + 3.8 Stroller)
Tuesday: 5.1 Miles (2 Treadmill + 3.1 Stroller) + Core Work
Wednesday: Strength Training + 6.4 Miles (3.2 Treadmill + 3.2 Stroller)
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: 11.2 Treadmill Miles
Saturday: 3.6 Stroller Miles + Hip/Glute Exercises
Sunday: 4.3 Miles
Weekly Run Miles: 34.6 miles
Total Race Across MD Miles: 226.2/250
I managed to go a few months without running on the treadmill but that changed this week. Splitting up my runs between the treadmill and outside with the stroller was nice because neither run was very long. (2 miles on the treadmill goes by pretty quickly!) My long run on Friday was a different story. It was raining pretty steadily with a chance of storms, so I knew a stroller run was out of the question and I didn’t really want to do my long run outside in case there were storms. So I figured I would just get this done on the treadmill. Luckily some podcasts helped to get me through it because running so far on there was a struggle!
Caving to the Heat
I am not really sure why I have been struggling so much with the heat over the last few weeks. I guess part of it is that in past years I wasn’t running at 7am (more like 5am) plus the stroller makes it harder. As I said in my post on Friday, I could have just forgotten how hard summer running can be because its been a few years since I was running as much as I am now. It looks like maybe this week will be slightly cooler but I am also ok with continuing to do some more treadmill runs. I’ll also be taking a cutback week, so that should make it a little easier too.
In July I ran my highest mileage (145.5) since training for the Route 66 Marathon in October 2015. I’ve been focusing on slowly building my mileage each week with a cutback week every 4th week or so. It was exciting to see numbers that high again! I’m not sure that I will continue to increase because I might back off a bit after finishing my challenge, especially if the heat continues. It’s especially weird to hit numbers that high without having a race to train for. At least now I know I can do it whenever the time comes to think about training again!
I stopped tracking my walking miles on here this week. In general there was less walking for a few reasons. Of course, the heat is one of them. There were also a few day that we had some rain during times we would go for a walk. Also, my mom came over a few days to help watch Grayson while I worked, so I locked myself in the office to be as productive as possible. Part of the reason for so many walks was to keep busy/get out of the house when it was just the 2 of us all day long. Now my mom is on vacation for a few weeks so we will probably be back to walking a little more again!
Now that my Race Across Maryland challenge is almost over I’m trying to figure out what’s next. It’s nice to have something to focus on, big or small. I decided in August I’m going to try to do 10 minutes of stretching or rolling every day, as well as at least 2 minutes of planking. There’s an Instagram challenge for the stretching that motivated me to do that. As for the planking, I realized I haven’t been doing them very often and they are so easy to do throughout the day.
Is anyone else caving to the heat and running indoor more lately?
Any goals for August?
How were your workouts last week?