After a few weeks of cooler weather, this week I had to deal with the return of the heat. Just when my runs were feeling more comfortable and I was getting more confident I felt like this was a setback. I’ve learned during this training cycle how much the heat impacts me, but now my concern is that it will be warm on race day. I guess the good news is that I trained through the heat all summer, so I’ll be prepared for it. But I was really counting on some cooler weather to make running feel a bit easier at this point in the season!
Monday: Strength Training + 4 Treadmill Miles
Nothing special here. My strength workouts are much easier this week and next week, and I won’t lift at all the week before the race.
Tuesday: 5 Miles Easy w/Strides
Got outside for some easy miles and finished up with some strides. My legs didn’t feel great. I assume it was due to the return of the heat as well as still recovering from my peak week last week.
Wednesday: 8 Miles with 3 x 1 Mile MP/1 Mile Threshold
This was my harder workout for the week. I started with 1 mile easy, then alternated a mile at MP with a mile at threshold pace. I really noticed the return of the heat on this one! But I got it done. Then my phone locked itself because I was so sweaty, so I didn’t take a post-run pic.
Thursday: Strength Training + 3 Treadmill Miles
I did a nice easy recovery run on the treadmill. It was kind of nice to avoid the heat! It also saves me some time when I’m lifting and running on the same day.
Friday: Rest Day
Went into the office and barely got in any steps!
Saturday: 16 Miles with last 6 at MGP
Well, the last 6 were not really at MGP. (Honestly, I don’t have a specific pace in mind but it’s around the 8:05-8:15 range, and I’ve been running MP miles more by feel this training cycle). I really struggled through this run thanks to the return of the heat. It was 70 degrees with 98% humidity when I started, and about the same when I finished.
For my MP miles they ended up ranging from 8:11-8:25, which isn’t too terribly far off. But they felt alot harder than I would have liked!
Sunday: Planning 4.5 Stroller Miles
Crossing my fingers that it cools off a bit! I’d like to get in about 4-5 miles on Sunday but we’ll see what happens.
While this was sort of my first week of taper, I only slightly reduced my mileage and kept up a similar intensity to what I have been doing. Next week will see even less mileage but I’ll still try to get in one workout mid week.
The Return of the Heat: Training Reflections
This week really showed me how much I have been affected by the weather this training cycle. It’s like night and day with how I feel when its cool vs hot. And the humidity plays a huge part too. With my race only 2 weeks away, I hope it cools off but it may not. Also, the start time is 8 am and I am usually done running before 7:30. I am prepared to adjust my race goals depending on how things look. And I may already by eyeing a plan B just in case.
You can find my other weeks of training here:
Surviving the Peak Week (Training Week 13)
Welcoming September (Training Week 12)
Embracing the Treadmill (Training Week 11)
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)
Did you see a return of the heat this week?
Do you ever change your race goals based on the weather?