This was another good week of running, despite the never-ending humidity. Also, this weekend marked the halfway point of my pregnancy! Although I have a feeling the second half will be harder than the first. December still feels SO far away, so at least this makes me feel like I’ve reached a big milestone!
As I have said before, I really hope I am still running this fall to enjoy the cooler weather. I don’t think we have had a break in the humidity in a good month or more. Every day the morning humidity has been at least 97%. At this point I sort of feel like I’m used to it, but it doesn’t make it any more enjoyable! While I love summer running, I also appreciate a break from the heat and humidity once in a while.
Here’s how week 19 looked:
Monday: 5 miles with hills + Mobility
I was excited to be able to cover 5 miles on this run. With limited time on the weekday mornings, 5 miles takes me much longer than it used to (especially if I stop to walk at all). I managed to run the whole time without stopping, and even did a hilly route!
Tuesday: 20 minutes spin bike + Strength training
It had been awhile since I rode on my spin bike. It’s a good way to shake out my legs and warm them up for a strength training session, but I’m just not feeling it for a “workout” these days.
Wednesday: 4.5 mile fartlek run
I’ve been bored of running the same pace day after day so I changed things up a bit.
1 mile warm up
1,2,3 minutes hard with same amount of time recovery
5 x 30 seconds hard with 30 seconds recovery
1 mile cool down
Thursday: Strength training + 3 treadmill miles
This was my last day of Phase 7 of my strength training plan! I was also in the mood to run so I got on the treadmill for 3 miles. It was my first time running on there in over a month and there was so much sweat!
Friday: 2.5 really easy miles + Yoga
Once again I was in the mood to run but I kept the pace REALLY easy and only did 2.5 miles. When I got back I did some yoga.
Saturday: 12 miles
I got out later than I would have liked for this run which meant I was not only dealing with the humidity but also the sun by the second half. Luckily I brought my Camelbak which has been a lifesaver this summer. It is hard running with it in the beginning because it adds weight but I am always glad to have lots of cold water with me!
As I said on Instagram I am pretty sure I splashed people with sweat as I ran by them. Lovely, right?
I felt like I did not recover as well from my long run this week. Last week I ran 11 miles and felt pretty much fine. This week I did 12 and really felt it the rest of the weekend. I am thinking there are a few factors that played into it:
-running 4 days in a row leading up to this run
-not sleeping well the night before
-last week I laid outside for a few hours after my run. This week we drove to Annapolis and walked around the mall looking at baby furniture and maternity clothes
-it was hotter and more humid than last week, plus I got out later
So moving forward I will try to learn from this. I felt good during the run, it was just afterwards that my legs were sore and I was more tired than I would have expected. (Then again, work has been busy and I haven’t been sleeping well so that could be why I am tired!)
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How were your workouts last week?
Who else feels like the humidity is just never-ending?
Ever splash people you ran past with your sweat?