After being off last week, this week was all about getting back to reality. It was a busy and tiring week in general, plus a big week in terms of marathon training. Oh, and we also had another heat wave with excessive heat warnings all week! For most of my early morning runs the temps were already in the mid 70s with 95% humidity. I think by now I’m sort of used to it though. It’s been a hot summer! Anyway, let’s discuss training week 9.
Training Week 9: Back to Reality
Monday: Back to Reality Run- 6 miles with alternating MP/10k pace
This is a tough workout but great for endurance and really getting used to those marathon goal pace miles. After a mile warm up, I ran mile at marathon goal pace (a little slower on some hills), then a mile around 10k pace. I did that again with no recovery. My pacing wasn’t exactly where I had planned for it to be but I think I still accomplished the purpose of this workout.
Tuesday: Strength Training + 4 Stroller Miles
I lifted in the morning and then took Grayson for a stroller run when he woke up. It was so hot and we didn’t get out the door until after 7:30. But he wanted to run, plus I had new shoes to try out!
Wednesday: Rest Day
For some reason Grayson was up all night on Tuesday. I have no idea what was going on. (What a way to get back to reality.) He is usually a great sleeper. He went to bed a few minutes later than usual (around 8) and woke up at 10:30. Rob and I kept going in trying to figure out what was going on and it seemed like he just couldn’t sleep. He would just sit there kind of whining and then sometimes start crying and we would go back in. This continued until after 2 am. So when he finally fell asleep I turned off my 4 am alarm and figured I would sleep until he woke up (which was barely 6 am…) So no run on Wednesday!
Thursday: 7 Miles with 2 x 2 Miles at MGP + Strength Training
After a good night’s sleep on Wednesday night I was ready for my workout on Thursday. It was warm and humid but I think I’m just used to it now. I ran a warm up, 2 miles at MGP, an easy mile, 2 more at MGP and a 1 mile cool down. I felt good on the first 2 miles so decided to do the second set on hills. I still felt pretty good and my miles were faster than they should have been. I managed to fit in some strength training after work before picking up Grayson since I was working from home.
Friday: 3.5 Miles Easy
For an easy run, this sure was hard. I think it was the hottest day of the week, with temps at almost 80 degrees at 5:30 am and the humidity was around 95%. I tried to keep my run easy and my heart rate low, but with the heat and tired legs it was tough. I tried out my new Levitates again!
Saturday: 17 Miles
This was a super warm and humid run. I started really early, which may have actually made things worse. Around 4 miles I thought I might have seen lightning in the distance. I stayed closed to home for awhile to make sure I didn’t see it again. Since it wasn’t thundering or raining I figured the lightning had to be pretty far away, but I still wanted to play it safe. I debated going home and running on the treadmill but I can’t remember the last time I ran on there and I had no idea how it would feel.
The miles were slow but I got them done. Once the sun was up the humidity broke a little bit, but I still didn’t feel great. All I wanted when I got home was to lay on the floor and chug iced cold water with Liquid IV!
Sunday: 3.7-4 Stroller Miles (Planned)
The news keeps saying this is going to be a cooler weekend, but it just isn’t noticeable for running in the mornings! Fingers crossed we get a break soon.
It’s not easy getting back to reality after a week off. Especially when you throw in marathon training, a heat wave, a bad night’s sleep, plus the delta variant. Is it time for my next vacation yet?
You can find my other weeks of training here:
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)
How were your workouts last week?
Who else had a heat wave recently?
Do you adjust your schedule when you don’t get enough sleep?
How do you deal with getting back to reality after a vacation?