Let’s taper, shall we?: 7/2 – 8 Weekly Wrap

The theme for this week — until the weekend — was unbearable heat and humidity. I am not at all ashamed that two of my runs ended up on the treadmill. Recently a relatively young runner died in a race due to heat stroke. And I saw someone go down right in front of me in Wednesday’s race, too.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share how I handled heat, racing, and training this week.


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, Speedwork 8 x 400 with 200 recovery on TM (total of 6 miles), PB Total Body (30)
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, Swimming
  • Wednesday: Firecracker 4 (and yes, that was it for the day!)
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 4 easy treadmill miles, PB Kettlebell Legs (20 min)
  • Friday:  Dogwalk
  • Saturday: 12 blessedly cool miles, Iron Strength Glutes
  • Sunday: Dogwalk disguised as a Short Hike

Mileage: 26 (+1)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates

I definitely do have my limits (unless with friends, apparently)

With a real temperature of 93F (feels like 106) I am #sorrynotsorryatall that I did my speed work on the treadmill. I just couldn’t get out early enough to beat the heat — well, I did to walk the dogs, which is part of why I couldn’t run early.

Was it tough? It wasn’t as bad as I had made it up to be in my mind. Will it help in Wednesday’s hot & humid race? Nope. Not sure anything really will . . .

Before the race. We were all a hot mess afterwards.

This was my fifth year running Firecracker 4 — and the hottest year yet! I went in prepared for a slow race. Rachel @ Runningonhappy had a race plan for me but due to the extreme heat, I ignored it and ran by feel (a wise decision).

A group of my friends goes most years. I was waiting for people to bail, but no one did.

I’ll recap it Tuesday, because yes, I like to tease that way.

Today we actually did get thunderstorms — good news being the heatwave is finally going to break — yup, another treadmill run. Four miles I have to admit I wasn’t feeling and they felt oh-so-much harder than yesterday’s four mile race — but got it done!

Early morning miles and smiles

I couldn’t have asked for better weather for my longest run of this training cycle. The heatwave broke, it was cool and dry, and the sun was shining brightly. It was a confidence building 12 mile run — and no taping. I felt a little tightness towards the end, but it quickly dissipated after the run.

I happened to “run” into a Skirt Sister right before the run, who was kind enough to take some photos of me even though she was a little late.

Favorites of the week
The heatwave breaking! It’s going to heat back up, but nowhere near as bad as last week. And the weather this weekend was so beautiful.

We finally booked a room for my 1812 race next month! In fact, we booked two rooms. The first place looks a bit sketchy, but we wanted to make sure we had something. Both have a relatively liberal cancellation policy.

We did split it. Sort of. I may or may not have eaten most of the brownie.

I decided that since I felt I liked the brownie sundae better than the cupcake sundae — don’t get me wrong, they’re both good — that I had to go out and get the brownie sundae to celebrate 12 miles.

I’ve run at the bikepath for many years, but it was only in the last few that I realized there are all sorts of trails around it too. Mr Judy, the dogs, and I got out this morning to explore just a little.

Blog posts that caught my eye this week:


This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Do you feel you deserve a reward for a double digit run?

Would you rather swelter than ever run on the treadmill?

Do you have a cut off point for running outside when it comes to the heat?

31 thoughts on “Let’s taper, shall we?: 7/2 – 8 Weekly Wrap

    1. I assume he was ok but I have no idea. I didn’t hear anything dire about the race, though. It was definitely a hot one, which is why I didn’t push myself too hard. And hydrated really well!


  1. Loved seeing the picture of you and your running friends. It’s fun running a race with a bunch of friends, even if it is hot and humid. And that brownie sundae….!!!!

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  2. Ice is really the only thing that sends me to the treadmill. I run in the heat just slower and with lots of walking.

    You really got lucky with the weather for your longest run. Hope you have the same on race day.

    I reward myself for all my weekend runs.

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    1. I go extraordinarily lucky saturday! Unfortunately Boise looks to be hot. Much hotter than I anticipated. Of course it’s way to early to tell, which makes packing nearly impossible, and I’m counting on the dryness and the elevation to make it ok.


  3. What a great group of running friends you have for support! Firecracker 4 sounds like a fun way to celebrate the holiday. Great job toughing out that heat!

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    1. Thanks! I kind of felt like I didn’t train that hard (although I did) this cycle — there were 4 double digit runs, after all.

      Remember, this is all folding into my 18 miler training, too!


  4. If I was running I probably would have done a few runs on the treadmill last week as well – it was just way too humid outside. I think that sometimes we underestimate what working out in the heat and humidity can do to our bodies. I heard about the running that died in a race last week – so so sad.

    Congrats on your 12 miler – that’s awesome! And I love that you celebrated with a brownie sundae.

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  5. The heat is always tricky. I’m trying to do as many runs as I can outside, but the weekends have been tough. I don’t normally take cold showers, but I did after my Saturday run, and it felt great.

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  6. I saw someone go down from heat in a race too, it’s always really scary when that happens and definitely puts things in perspective. I’m glad the heat broke and it was a bit cooler this weekend 🙂

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  7. I’m sure the cooler weather for your long run was a relief! When I lived in TX, during the summer I ran either early morning or after dark. Even so, I’m sure I’ve run in at least near-100 degree weather before. I also feel like I swelter just as much on the treadmill – I’m not sure my gym has A/C, and at least outside there’s a breeze. Some days the only solution is a cold shower afterwards!

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    1. When I lived in TX, I wasn’t a runner. 🙂 But I was a walker — and that is actually when we got the treadmill — so I could walk inside on those really hot days (aka all summer).

      I am so happy that I have a treadmill at home. And it’s on our first floor, which stays very cool.


  8. Well done for getting those runs done. The gym I go to is even hotter than outside so no treadmills for me (however the weather is a bit milder). How unnerving to see someone go down in front of you – and you never do find out what happened, do you. I hope it didn’t knock you too much to see that. Hope the weather stays cooler for you.

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    1. I definitely wouldn’t be on a treadmill if it wasn’t cool inside!

      There was another (much cooler) race where someone collapsed, but we did hear what happened ultimately.

      I’ve not idea what happened to this gentleman. I’d guess him to be my age or older.

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  9. Wow, must have been scary seeing someone go down in a race! Hope the person is alright! Great that the heatwave broke for your 12 miler! I’m not sure what my cut off point is for running in the heat. I’m not a TM fan and I usually run in the morning when it’s cooler. But heat and humidity kills me since I’m not used to it.

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  10. I’ve seen a few people go down in hot races (Mobile, Nashville, PCB) and it always unsettling. Really, it could be any of us. Thank goodness you had great weather day for your long run and could end your training on such a high note. You’ll do great at the race. Thanks for linking!

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  11. Oops, somehow missed this one. The heat has been ridiculous and I’m with you on indoor speed training. While I prefer the outdoors, sometimes climate control is just way better

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