This has been a pretty good training week for , considering the fact how hot and humid it is right now, but I was able to maintain my weekly mileage goal. Running in this kind of weather is becoming more and more difficult. This is my first Summer of running in Florida. Phh! A few months ago I never thought I would be even able to adapt, when it was still in the mid 70s outside. Now I’m running through upper 80s and lower 90s. It’s amazing how our bodies are able to adapt to the given circumstances. The rain season is another hurdle right now here in this area. It rains every day right now, and almost during every afternoon run. Summer rains here are real downpours. The treadmill is then a better option. As long as it’s not super stormy, I run outside even though I don’t like running in the rain. I’m one of the few runners that doesn’t like it, I guess. But I do it anyway. During my last marathon , 5 years ago, it rained non-stop. It made running 26 miles really difficult for me, because I never went outside my comfort zone during training to train in different kind of weathers.
My Weekly NYC Marathon Training Log 7/27 – 8/2:
Monday. 6 miles. I was able to run mid morning. That always makes me happy:) It was beautiful outside, but very hot. I planned on 7 miles, but stopped after 6 miles, just so I don’t suffer heat exhaustion.
Tuesday: 5 miles around the Duck Pond in Jupiter. I just discovered this beautiful reservoir in Jupiter, Juno Beach. The loop is exactly 1 mile. It kind of reminds me of the reservoir in Central Park, it has that same serene feel. I circled it 5 times. I loved it. During my run I saw something shiny red sitting in the grass. As I approached it I saw that it was a little crab. He was such a feisty little guy. When my camera came closer to take a picture he was only complaining by trying to snap at me with his claws. Good for him! When you’re that small you better learn to defend yourself in this world. Such a little fighter. Pace: 8:48.
Wednesday: No running.
Thursday: 20 miles. I planned an 18 Miler for that day. When my alarm clock rang at 5 am, I really didn’t want to go for a run, especially not for 18 miles! I managed somehow to roll out of bed and drink a glass of water, but the thought of any food was such a turn-off. I had a very stressful week and I think mentally I didn’t prepare myself for this long run. Not even the day before. I was just too busy with all sorts of happenings and not really focusing on nutrition and hydration for such a long run. . I had a bit much too eat for dinner the night before, including a lot of arugula salad. Because of that I didn’t feel hungry in the morning. I knew not eating anything right before this run will backfire. So I basically I forced my self to eat one of my kids’ Energy bars by Clif. BTW they are so good and provide good energy. (Next time you’re shopping for energy bars, try one, even if you don’t have kids. I think they work great for pre and post run snacks and are very tasty, too.)
I took two Gu gels (Roctane) with me and some Clif Blocks. I have never tried the Blocks before, I thought it can’t hurt to try them out.
When I met my neighbor on the way out he was telling me that it’s 80 degrees already (it was only 6am!). The first two miles were miserably hard. It was hot and steamy. For the first time I took a fueling belt with me, a fanny pack style one. It drove me absolutely crazy. It kept on bouncing around my waist 360 degrees under 30 seconds for the first hour, until I took the bottle out.( On the other hand I didn’t mind the mind games I was playing with it, distracting me a little bit from this run) .The miles became easier between the 4th and 8th mile. Mile 8 through 13 were difficult, mentally and physically. I just didn’t think I could finish 18 miles. I even called my husband to let him know in case he needs to pick me up, I have never done this before, but I felt that out of it. The fact that I didn’t fuel right before I left the house was one of the reasons. The heat and humidity were the biggest factor. I think by mile 14 I finished both gels and I just remembered the blocks in my belt. I felt a bit more energized after I took those and decided to continue my run. I was so tired and felt so bad about this run that I never even bothered pausing my GPS when I had to wait at traffic lights or draw bridges. It’s hard to run when you’re heart is not in it. Luckily these runs don’t happen too often to me. Right after I crossed the Donald Ross Bridge in Loggerhead I felt that my energy was coming back. That must have been mile 16. My pace was slow and steady, but my legs didn’t feel like lead anymore. Usually during long runs it’s the opposite to me. By mile 16 my legs start to feel heavy. Anyway, I that made me happy. When I was into the 18th mile I still felt enough energy to round this run up to a 20 Miler. It’s so strange how running works sometimes. I’m pretty sure I was close to hitting the classic Wall in the first few miles and somehow I had a runner’s High towards the end. This long run was filled with every negative emotion a runner could feel and I was so happy when I managed to finish it at 20 miles. My pace was 9:38. But again, I never paused it during any stops. So it’s not an accurate reading.
Friday: no running.
Saturday: 6 miles on treadmill. It was very stormy outside with heavy rains, so I opted for the treadmill.
Sunday: 6 miles. 6 miles in the rain around my neighborhood. Pace: 9:07
Total Mileage for this week: 43 miles