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?
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?