My Training Log Week August 29th – September Running

  • My Running Log Week August 29th

My Training Log Week August 29th – September Running

I really feel like my running log has become the weather channel for the Palm Beaches. Throughout the entire Summer the thing I mention first in my running logs is the climate. I keep mentioning how hot and humid my runs have been, but that’s the way it is – running has so much to do with weather … and then again not. As all avid runners, you really learn to roll with the punches and try to adjust to whatever the weather is throwing at you – even if some of our runs are not always perfect and every mile feels like a long drag. That’s the beauty about the online running community. You read weekly training logs from other runners and you get inspired how they make their training runs work even if the climate isn’t ideal. Rain or shine.

This is how I felt this morning during my run. The humidity has been so unbearable and yet I still go out and try to push through some decent mileage anyway.

August and September is making my paces almost vanish. It feels like I’m only moving along in slow motion. Breathing and sweating hard.  Yet, I need to be out there because a bad run is better than no run. Even a bad run is still rewarding – have you ever thought about that? How amazing is that?

My week has been crazy busy. Barely anything went the way it was planned and it was running that gave me time to problem solving and rejuvenated energy to tackle the madness.

Remember that saying “if you don’t have the answer after a 4 hour run you will never have the answer”. Love that one. So true, right?


Training Log


For my upcoming Half-Marathon I desperately needed to add some hill training to my routine. There really isn’t many hills (if any) in my immediate area, so I opted to run with some incline on the treadmill. The only hill training I get in my area is really running up and down overpasses or bridges. If a bridge is going up in front of me because a ship is passing through the canal I keep running up and down the bridge until the gate opens up and let’s you cross. You have to see the look on the face of the drivers looking at me while I keep running up and down the bridge, while they are patiently waiting those 12 – 15 minutes for the bridge to re-open up. I know, Florida running is fun. As long as you take it with some humor it’s actually great.

Here is how my running went this week:

Monday: no running. I ran 10 miles the day before and needed a break badly. Not running Mondays is a damper though.

Tuesday: 6 miles on the treadmill at the gym. I tried to incorporate as much incline as possible during the last 3 miles, ranging from 4% – 8%. I still remember how much I was starving afterwards! Hill training really burns your fuel. A runner on Instagram really inspired me to take hill training up a notch by adding speed to your incline, even if it’s just for a short distance.

Wednesday: no running.

Thursday: 6 miles again on the treadmill but no real incline only 1%. 1000 m rowing afterwards.

Friday: no running. 3 days off this week but I was just so busy I couldn’t get a workout in.

Saturday: 6 miles to Juno Beach. Jim met with the boys and we had dinner at the playground by the Ocean. Perfect way to end a run.

Sunday: 4 miles around my community, swimming in the afternoon


Mileage for this week: 22 miles 

For the busy circumstances I was having I’m actually happy I got 22 miles accomplished.

How was your training?




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  1. I’ve been running in the humidity for months here in Houston and you’re right – I feel like I’m running in slow motion sometimes, but fall weather is coming!
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  2. You’re right, it really is inspiring to see so many people getting those runs done in such brutal weather conditions. You really have it rough living in Florida, but this has just been such a hot and humid summer for all of us! You did a great job with your runs this past week! I can’t imagine running up a bridge that’s being lifted!!

  3. Mad, mad props to you, Ilka for training in the conditions you do. I struggle in FL heat when we visit over the winter holidays and I know that’s your “cool” time. Ha! We definitely have to be creative to find ways to work around weather. Love that “sweaty face” pic. Thanks for linking up!
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  4. With all those miles you got in, I think you’re body probably needed those three days off! You’re doing amazing!
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  5. Good for you for keeping at it when you have a very busy week. My pace vanishes during those hot Summer months too!

  6. I am so pumped it is fall – and so pumped it’s fall for YOU because the weather will COOL DOWN (hopefully) so your runs won’t be soooooooooo friggin’ hot!

  7. I laughed at the beginning of your post! I feel like I do the same thing. I’m always talking about the weather and how miserable it is. But I agree, we just learn to deal with it and know that our runs probably aren’t going to be our best when it’s 100 degrees outside. And I also love what you said about the running community. It helps me so much to see that I’m not the only struggling with something. I have had no pace in august. I was lucky to just get miles in. I’ve been so frustrated because I’m running so slow or having to take more walk breaks. It sounds like you had a great week of training!

    • Weather has such an effect on running – granted we do it anyway – but it really effects the quality of a run. Stay Cool Tara! I know you guys are running in hot conditions as well!

  8. Wow looks like a good week- it’s awesome
    You share your progress!
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  9. Wow! I’m impressed with people who can handle treadmill runs on the incline. I cannot handle treadmills runs AT ALL. My maximum “distance” on a treadmill is 5 miles (but it felt more like 10). I’m in Iowa, and I will brave the weather outside (in summer and winter) before considering firing up the ‘mill. Have you ever considered doing stair-running as a form of hill training? It’s a much steeper incline, so you don’t have to go as far or as long to get the glutes working 😉
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  10. Wow! 22 miles is impressive for a busy week! Hopefully the rest of September will bring cooler weather for you!
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  11. I walked 21 miles in NYC this weekend in two days as I explored with a friend! Does that count? 😉
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  12. looks like another great week of training for you. training this week has been good, but i have pulled something in my lower back. going to take today’s workout a bit easier.
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  13. I’m always so impressed at how you fit it all in! Great Job, especially in the heat!!
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    • I didn’t think i ran 22 miles this week until I added it all up Angela – it seemed less because I was so busy with all other things.

  14. Yes, the humidity here in FL has been crazy. The storm seemed to pull some out, but it’s still be yucky. Love that saying about not having an answer after a 4 hour run.!
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  15. I was just mentioning this on my blog today. That humidity can really mess with you. I feel like we all keep blogging about the ups and downs of this weather. Fall is just around the corner. Cooler and crisper air is surely on the horizon.

  16. What a beautiful view. And your sweat looks like how I’ve looked for the last several weeks. We FINALLY had a break in the humidity for a few days and now it’s back with a vengeance!
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  17. Hey! One of my best friends is from Juno! I’ll have to get some good running routes for you in the area, because I’m going to visit her this fall/winter so that we can run together and eventually run a race together!
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  18. Great job in this mess Ilka! I feel like Monday sets the stage for the rest of the week. If I wake up late it seems like it happens most of the week. Same with my workouts, if I get them in on a Monday I’m much better at the rest of the week!
    22 miles for the week and so busy, yes ma’am that is an accomplishment!
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    • Thanks Tricia – it really feels like a hot mess sometimes. So true! Hooray for Monday workouts – it really does set the stage for the rest of the week!

  19. Wow always so impressed by your logs. Thanks for letting us run with you every day!!
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  20. Running hills is actually so fun to me! Looks like you had some good runs this week! Im doing a half marathon soon too- next month 🙂
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  21. Whenever I visit my family’s condo in FL, I love going for a run because there’s a great bridge about a mile and a half down the road so it’s perfect for some incline. I agree with you on the humidity though – it makes running feel soooo tough.
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  22. Way to go lady! 22 miles during a busy week is fab! And I feel ya with the hot/humid weather! Texas is brutal in the summer!
    You are inspiring me to get back out there despite the heat!

  23. I love how you make it work! Need a hill? Create hill! LOL. I too feel like all I talk about is the heat, which is still brutal here. I’m close enough to your location to understand exactly what you are feeling. I’m proud of every drop of sweat after one of those nasty runs too. 22 miles is a very strong week. Thanks for linking, Ilka.
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  24. Wow, great job on pacing and on winning your step bet challenge. You are on fire!

  25. You did a great job! So adorable! I enjoy reading your post, my dear. Thanks for sharing!
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  26. Totally agree with you, a bad run is better than no run. Once because of the weather, I decided to stay at home. I felt like laziness followed me all day. It was terrible!
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  27. Sounds like a great week of training. Fall weather is already here and I think it would be better for training. Btw, that pic is great, I really love it. Thanks for sharing.

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