It was another brutal week of weather, once again. I took a few of my runs indoors to keep them easier and give myself a break from the heat and humidity. This stretch of humid days has just been going on for too long. I don’t think we have had a morning under 70 with less than 90% humidity all month. But eventually summer will end and it will cool off. For now, I’m running outside when I can but also embracing the treadmill.
Training Week 11: Embracing the Treadmill
Monday: Strength Training + 4 Treadmill Miles
Now that I’ve been in the mindset of embracing the treadmill I’ve found it’s easier to do my runs on there after lifting when I’m short on time. I didn’t mind the break from the humidity either.
Tuesday: 5 Miles Easy + Core
Got outside for this one but it wasn’t pretty. I actually started feeling like I’m ready for fall. I love summer, but this isn’t the kind of summer I like. It’s no longer light in the mornings. The heat and humidity have been off the charts. I rarely get outside other than to run so I don’t enjoy the sunshine at this point. I’ve accepted that fall can arrive at any point now (and preferably before October 2nd.)
Wednesday: 7.5 Miles with 2 x 20 mins faster than MGP + Strength Training
This was a tough workout but it went well! I ran 2 sets of 20 minutes at slightly faster than marathon pace. This is the time in training when I really like to focus on marathon paced miles, but running slightly faster too can be great. Each set worked out to just over 2.5 miles and I ran both sets at the same pace! I was off from work so I lifted in the afternoon.
Thursday: 6 Treadmill Miles + Core
Nothing special here, just an easy run on the treadmill. Definitely embracing the treadmill for those easy miles so I can actually keep them easy. Although to be honest this didn’t feel that easy because my legs were so tired!
Friday: Rest Day
I got in hardly any steps and sat at my desk all day long. It wasn’t necessarily restful but I did give my legs a break!
Saturday: 16 Miles (8 Treadmill/8 Outside)
There was rain and storms in the forecast during the time I would be running so the night before I set out two sets of clothes in case I needed to do part of my run on the treadmill and wanted to change in between. I also planned to start my run really early (like before 4:30) and the humidity seems to be at it’s worst before 6. When I woke up it wasn’t raining but since it was 73 degree and 96% humidity I figured I would start on the treadmill.
I didn’t know exactly how much I would do on there but since it was going well I did 8. Then I told myself I needed to get outside. It was still dark and humid when I got out, and my pace slowed down while my effort felt harder. I ran the last 3 at marathon pace, which did me in. I was very happy when this run was over!
Sunday: Planning for 4.5 Miles
We will see what the weather brings and how these legs are feeling. Hopefully we will get to do our weekly family run!
I keep reminding myself that this is the last big push before the taper. I have 2 more higher mileage weeks and then start cutting back. 2 weeks is nothing! Although I have a feeling I will be embracing the treadmill more if this heat continues.
You can find my other weeks of training here:
Trying to Outrun the Rain (Training Week 10)
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 turned to indoor workouts lately due to the heat?