This was the final stretch of the Race Across Maryland for me as I completed 250 running miles (since June 15th) this week. It was a cutback week which I needed after a few weeks of running higher mileage. This felt like it was such a long week. I’m struggling to even summarize what happened because Monday feels like it was a month ago!
Weekly Run Down- The Final Stretch of the Race Across Maryland
Monday: 6 Miles + Core Work
Tuesday: Strength Training + 2.3 Miles
Wednesday: 4.1 Stroller Miles + Hip/Glute Exercises
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: Strength Training + 3 Miles
Saturday: 8.4 Miles with 5 x 1 mile hard/.5 mile easy
Sunday: Yoga + 3.6 Stroller Miles
Weekly Run Miles: 27.4 miles
Total Race Across MD Miles: 253.6/250
There was less stroller running this week due to the weather. Almost every day there was a “chance of storms”. If I really wanted to run and didn’t want to risk having to skip it due to storms, I got it in early knowing I had the treadmill as an option as needed. Luckily I only used the treadmill once this week after my strength workout on Tuesday.
Even though we got quite a bit of rain it continued to feel humid. However, the temps were slightly cooler than previous weeks so that was a win!
Since it was a cutback week I planned to run around 8 miles for my long run on Saturday. I’ve said before how sometimes I like to add intervals to make the run go by faster. I started with a mile warm up and then alternated 1 mile hard with .5 mile easy. It definitely made the run go by faster!
It’s weird because lately almost all of my runs have been easy and my pace has been slower than usual for me. (Probably due to higher mileage, the heat, and often the stroller). But when I give a little push the faster paces don’t feel terribly hard. Not sure if that even makes sense. I think my body just takes advantage of really slowing down for easy runs these days.
This month I’m try to stretch, foam roll, and/or do yoga for at least 10 minutes a day. Mostly this comes in the form of stretching spread out throughout the day. I’ve also foam rolled a little more this week and even did about 20 minutes of yoga on Sunday morning! My other challenge this month is to plank for 2 minutes a day. I’ve been splitting this up as well. Sometimes I do the full 2 minutes at once but as soon as I start to lose my form I take a break. Other days I will just plank for 30-45 seconds whenever I have a chance throughout the day and just try to do it enough times to add up to 2 minutes. I think its good to work on my core engagement throughout the day and not just when I do my formal workout.
Fall Running Plans
Now that I made it through the final stretch of the Race Across Maryland I’m starting to think about what I want to focus on next. As I shared on Friday, I have the option to run my May half-marathon virtually or defer it to 2021 or 2022. I think I’m going go for the virtual option with so many unknowns in the future. However, if I don’t feel like running a virtual half, I just won’t run it. While they are focusing on September 5th as the virtual race date, it can be completed on any date so I can really wait until the weather cools off and I feel ready.
For now I am just going to run whatever I feel like for awhile until I get the itch to focus on something more specific again. I’d like to start working on some speed in the fall once it cools off, which many mean less mileage at that point. We’ll see!
How were your workouts last week?
Do you have have fall running plans?
Have your faces been slower this summer due to the heat?