Although it’s still only early June, it certainly feels like summer. Not that I expected anything different. It seems every year we jump quickly from winter weather to summer weather, and this year was quite extreme. While you might find me occasionally complaining about the heat and humidity, overall I really do love summer running. This weekend’s run reminded me of some of the reasons why.
I love being able to throw on shorts and a tank top and head out the door. I love that it’s light out at 5am. I love how sweaty you get even from just a few miles. And I love that while running in the heat is more challenging, you feel so accomplished when you’re done.
On Saturday I knew it would be a warm one so I was out the door by 5:30. It was completely light out and while there were some other runners and walkers, there were very few cars on the road that early. It felt sticky and humid, but the heat wasn’t all that bad yet. I was able to get going and by the time it got really hot I was pretty much done.
Even though I only ran 6 miles, it felt like such a good workout. I worked up a good sweat and felt like I did a long run even though I ran for less than an hour. And I was done with my run by 6:30 am- can’t beat that! By 10am I had run, stretched, showered, ate breakfast, went to Target, and got a manicure and pedicure. Mornings are so much more productive when they start out nice and early!
Trust me when I say I know that summer running has it’s challenges. I just like to keep all of these positives in mind, especially after spending 6 months complaining about the cold weather.
Here’s how last week’s workouts looked:
Monday: 4 miles + mobility
The weather was a little cooler this week which made for a nice morning run. As I said in my monthly recap, I’m hoping to start including mobility work 3 times a week. My strength training plan as 3 mobility sessions that are about 20 minutes of static mobility, dynamic mobility, soft tissue work, and motor control exercises. I found that they make a good pre-run warm up.
Tuesday: 20 minutes spinning, strength training
My legs were feeling sore and I’m not exactly sure why. It felt good to loosen them up on the bike. My strength training session was focused on upper body and core.
Wednesday: 3 miles + mobility
It was Global Running Day! I only had time for 3 miles but I was glad I could get out there.
Thursday: Strength training, 20 minutes yoga
My legs were feeling better so I was able to do a regular strength training session, followed by some yoga to stretch everything out.
Friday: 30 minute walk + mobility
I felt like I was either fighting off a cold or dealing with allergies again, and had no desire to run. I opted for a walk on the treadmill and also got in my mobility work.
Saturday: 6 miles
I was glad I didn’t run on Friday because I was ready to go on Saturday. Despite the stickiness and humidity, this was a great run.
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How were your workouts last week?
Are you enjoying summer running?
Do you include mobility work regularly?
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