This was the week of so much sweat. Maybe they’ve all been that way lately, but I noticed it more this week. Do you ever wonder if you put your sweaty clothes in the wash if you are basically washing your other clothes in sweat? That was one of my questions after Saturday’s run. I’ll try not to think about it and assume that the water and detergent washes everything out.
Other than the relentless humidity, it was another good week of workouts. I got my next phase of strength training mid-week, so I will start that next week. Instead, I repeated week 6 of my last round of workouts. It was a busy and stressful week which meant I actually did more running. Even though it may sound counterproductive, it really helps! (At least for me.) I had a 2 day mini-conference that I helped to facilitate at work, I’m preparing for a 2 day training next week, we had a consultant come to our house to help pick out paint colors, and we visited our first daycare. Those extra things really add up and wear me out! Especially when I don’t sleep well, which is about 4 nights a week lately.
Anyway, here’s what the workouts looked like last week:
Monday: 5 miles with hills and mobility
This was the start of another humid week of running. And it’s so dark out when I start my runs now. Boo.
Tuesday: 4 miles and Strength training
I did an out and back and was initially planing to run 3-3.5 miles total. When I got to the halfway point I was on a downhill and kept going. Only problem was when I turned around I had to run uphill!
Wednesday: 6 miles with 8 x 2 minutes hard
I wanted to get in another mini-fartlek workout because this really helps me from getting bored with running the same pace all the time. It actually evens out to be close to the same average pace as most of my other runs, because the recovery portions are so slow (and the hard parts are not at a very speedy pace!) This felt good but was tough at the end when the sun was out.
Thursday: 2.5 miles and Strength training
I completed my strength training and then ran on the treadmill. Good thing I didn’t have a set amount of miles in mind because my treadmill decided to do an update which took about 5 minutes. It was hard getting into the groove when I knew I didn’t have much time to run anyway.
Friday: 3.5 miles and Yoga
I probably should have taken a day off of running to rest before my longer run but I mentally needed a run. Some post-run yoga helped to stretch out my legs a bit.
Saturday: 9 miles
With possible rain in the forecast both days this weekend I wasn’t sure when I would run. When I woke up on Saturday the forecast said it would just be cloudy most of the morning. I got all ready to run outside and then it looked like it was about to storm. I really didn’t feel like running on the treadmill so I ran outside but stayed close to home. It rained for the first 5 miles, but there was no thunder or lightning. I was a little disappointed that I ran the same routes I run during the week (repeating some portions several times to get some miles in) but it was comforting to know I was close to home in case the weather changed.
The rain felt good but it was still so humid the whole time I was out there. I was drenched when I got home and took a shower within 2 minutes of walking in the door.
A rest day from working out but tried to get through a bunch of things on my to-do list!
While I really do love summer running, this time of year is always a struggle for me. The mornings are dark again, the humidity is never-ending, and I am torn between being ready for fall weather and wanting summer to last a little longer. I just try to remind myself how much I look forward to this all winter!
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How were your workouts last week?
Are you enjoying summer running or are you ready for fall?
If there is a chance of thunderstorms, do you run outside, skip your run, or opt for the treadmill?