This was another rough week of weather. Not only was the humidity out of control, but we had rain just about every day. The forecast showed a chance of rain every morning, so there was no way to know when would be the best days for running. Since it wasn’t actually raining most days, it was just ridiculously humid instead. We had some crazy thunderstorms at night too. But, I made it through week 10 of training, while trying to outrun the rain!
Trying to Outrun the Rain
Monday: Strength Training + 4 Easy Miles
I moved around my schedule this week for various reasons, and ended up starting out the week with strength and an easy run. It was hot and humid, no surprise there!
Tuesday: 6.2 Miles with 4 Tempo
I woke up with a stiff neck, which happens from time to time but doesn’t usually affect my running. It actually felt good to move. However, when I got done it felt a bit tighter. Not sure if running made it worse, but by the next day it was totally fine. Anyway, this run was intimidating but went well. I ran 4 miles at tempo pace which ranged from 7:19-7:48 (each mile was a little faster).
Wednesday: Strength Training + 3.8 Treadmill Miles
I decided to stick to the treadmill to save time and to avoid the oppressive humidity. I think it was like 76 degrees with 99% humidity. The dew point was 75, which is pushing into the zone of not really being safe to run in. I figured I haven’t run on the treadmill in awhile so I might as well give it a try. It wasn’t so bad!
Thursday: Rest Day
I chose this to be my rest day based on my work schedule, although it really didn’t matter. Turned out this seemed to be one of the nicer mornings of the week. Oh well!
Friday: 6 Miles with some hills
Once again there was a chance of rain, and when I woke up it was drizzling. I figured I would run outside since the rain would probably feel good. It did, until it started down pouring around mile 2. It poured for the rest of the run, and was so dark and slippery. I was supposed to do hill repeats but they weren’t very fast because of the conditions. Definitely didn’t outrun the rain today!
Saturday: 12 Miles
On Friday night Grayson didn’t sleep well again, which meant I didn’t sleep well. He kept pointing to his nose and asking for a tissue, so I don’t know if he is starting to get another cold. (He seems pretty much fine throughout the day though!) I woke up tired on Saturday and was glad it was a cutback week.
The run was a struggle from the start. My body didn’t want to cooperate. It was really humid again. At least it was sunny was the sun came up! It feels like I didn’t see the sun all week. I didn’t feel great for awhile after this run, which was weird since it was “only” 12 miles. I just wanted to lay on the couch which isn’t an option with a toddler. My stomach felt a bit off too. Hoping it was just one of those days.
Sunday: Planning for 4 Stroller Miles
We’ll see how I feel, but the plan is to do 4 easy stroller miles with the family.
I’m really over this humidity and I’ve been starting to worry about the weather on race day. My race is October 2nd which is really early in the fall and there is a good chance it could still be hot and humid. I was reading an article that we should expect warmer weather into November this year. I really don’t think I can run a marathon in this kind of weather!
I’m trying not to worry about it too much now but everyone keeps saying that these summer miles will pay off in the fall. I hope that’s true!
You can find my other weeks of training here:
Back to Reality (Training Week 9)
Staycation 2021 (Training Week 8)
Closing Out July (Training Week 7)
Lower Mileage and Lower Temps (Training Week 6)
Runstock 2021 (Training Week 5)
Focus on Effort (Training Week 4)
Making Adjustments for Heat (Training Week 3)
Training for a Fall Race: Start Where You Are (Training Weeks 1 and 2)
Have you had to outrun the rain lately?
Do you only run on the treadmill when you’re desperate, or do you not mind it that much?
Ever wake up with a stiff neck from sleeping funny?