Slogging through Summer: 8/6 – 12 Weekly Wrap

It was a miserable week when it came to running. Although the heat wave broke mid week, the humidity didn’t — not until my 10k on Saturday. Then we were blessed with temps we haven’t seen in weeks and cloudy skies.

It was also a week filled with friendly getogethers, family, and maybe a bit too much sugar.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share how I started to taper but still raced.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: 6 miles easy, dogwalks at parents
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, Iron Strength Glutes, PB Abs (10 min), Swimming
  • Wednesday: 12 mile LSD
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 5 miles easy
  • Friday:  Dogwalk, PB Total Body KB (30 minutes)
  • Saturday: Camp Chingacook Challenge 10k
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, PB KB Total Body (15 minutes)

Mileage: 29.15 (-5)

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

Ran a route I haven’t tackled in a while due to the hills (a theme this week)

 

Monday
We’d decided on the spur of the moment to go to my parents today, so I got up early and ran 6 miles easy. Which was definitely not easy in this heatwave.

Don’t let the sunbeams fool you — this was a tough run!

Wednesday
There’s a race Saturday, with 10k and half marathon options. With 12 miles on the schedule, Rachel @ Runningonhappy wanted me to do the half. Between the heat wave this week, the cumulative fatigue of hard training, and visiting my parents, a light bulb finally went off: I could do my longish run during the week, freeing me up to race with my friends on Saturday.

What a miserable run. I keep thinking it can’t get worse, especially considering all the rain we’ve had — and it does! And the chafing . . . every week in a different place. Actually today the chafing wasn’t horrible, but I got a big blister on my big toe. Thankfully I was blissfully unaware of it until I took my shoes off. I shudder to think how that would have felt if it had been race day! I’m praying the humidity at the very least drops before my race.

I swear, only I would choose to do my longest race ever, in summer, in one of our hottest and most humid summers on record.

But I looked cute! I like the combination of the Skirt Sports Holiday + Flyaway prints

Thursday
The humidity had dropped, but I couldn’t run until later in the afternoon when it was mid 80s. I don’t know why it felt so hard — maybe those 12 miserable miles yesterday? — but I stopped after 2 miles. Paused the Garmin. Walked. Repeated after the next 2 miles. I felt that was way better than getting heatstroke . . .

Smiling because we hadn’t tackled the hills yet . . .

Saturday
I’ll recap Camp Chingacook on Tuesday, but even though I ran this race 4 years ago and supposedly knew about the hills . . . oh my hills! Damn, this was a tough race that was thankfully blessed with perfect weather.

Favorites of the week
We took my parents out to lunch and for ice cream, and we just happened to run into my 9th grade social studies teacher — she was casual friends with my parents; I certainly hadn’t seen in her maybe 40 years, and they hadn’t seen her in a long time, either. Just serendipity.

She didn’t remember me, and I would never have recognized her, but it was still kind of cool.

This cupcake was mostly frosting — so yummy after 12 miles!

A few too many treats this week; hey, I may be tapering, but I still ran almost 30 miles this week — that is usually my peak week mileage for a half! I also met up with a friend for afternoon tea on Friday, which involved peanut butter chocolate crepes.

Running a race with good friends. A hard race, but we were all pretty happy with the outcome and I certainly wouldn’t have done this had I been on my own — and I must say I was really glad I didn’t do the half.

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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 like to treat yourself with sweets after long runs/races? Seriously, I need to get off the sugar train!

Any favorite desserts that are lower in sugar (yogurt mixed with some protein powder and some sort of topping is one of mine)?

Tried something new lately that you loved?

29 thoughts on “Slogging through Summer: 8/6 – 12 Weekly Wrap

  1. Same theme here. Each run was worse than the next but thankfully there were only 3 Miles. Glad I didn’t have to do more.

    No break in the humidity on Sat. in NYC. But then no race due to storms.

    FOMO about the LG temps and the race times. Looking forward to that race next year. I often have amnesia about those hills.

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    1. It was weird that the mosquitoes attacked us after the race — I don’t remember having any problem with them at all the first time I did it.

      You can’t be two places at once. You were doing something fun so really no reason for FOMO.

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      1. I got attacked the last time I ran it but it was so humid.

        I had fun. But I am in NYC all this week. It was the last place I wanted to be.

        FOMO only that i love racing and winning Ag awards. I was going to do the half with Alyssa. Hopefully next year.

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    1. I enjoy ice cream but I’d take frosting over it any day. Of course, I had ice cream, the cupcake, AND crepes all in one week. Which was definitely excessive even if I was running a lot of miles!

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  2. Smart move to switch out the days for your long run… even though it was miserably humid. Seems to be the norm for everyone these days. Whew. This too shall pass, right?

    Post long runs, I tend to crave carbs more than sweets ….like pasta, pizza and PB&J’s!!

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    1. Normally I’d just cry uncle and I’d run on the treadmill more, but with the race I’m trying to stay acclimated to the heat. It’s been tough!

      I had pizza after that 12 mile mid week run. And then the cupcake. 🙂 There is ALWAYS room for dessert!

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  3. Good job getting all your miles done in this nasty weather. Hopefully the weather during your 18 miler will be more like it was for your 10K this week!

    Sweets actually usually don’t sound good to me at all right after a long run – I crave anything salty!

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    1. I’m really hoping to have nicer weather for my race, but at least I know I’ve done my best to train as much as possible in some pretty miserable weather.

      I do often crave salty after a long run — at least in the summer — but sweets always sound good to me! A little too good, in fact.

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  4. That was smart to get the long run done during the week so you could race with your friends on the weekend 🙂 Ugh, I agree about the chafing. I had some not so fun chafing this weekend too and I didn’t realize it until I got into the shower. Ouch.

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  5. Glad you were able to get your long run done and the race! It’s never easy to run this time of year. The heat really makes it tough.

    FYI, you didn’t link your post with us…

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    1. Thanks for the heads up on not linking! I could’ve sworn I did. Very odd!

      This summer has been particularly brutal, but you’re right, August is usually tough. I’m not sure what I was thinking . . . wouldn’t you know last year they had great weather for the 1812 race?

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  6. Oops, somehow missed this on Sunday.
    Crepes are such a Vermont thing. When I landed at BTV Tuesday morning all I wanted was Vitamin C(offee). What did the airport have on offer? Crepes and creemees. Way too early. I never did give into a crepe, but if I’d seen one with peanut butter…

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    1. Apparently I forgot to link it up.

      When I lived in VT, the airport didn’t even have jet ways. I’m pretty sure whatever food selections there were were slim pickins.

      There used to be lots of great restaurants in Burlington, though, but I haven’t been back about 20 years. I did do a have in VT a few years back, and we’d planned to go downtown, but then we got stuck in a huge traffic snarl (very unusual for VT).

      We do go back & visit our condo, and took a look around the Winooski Woolen Mills (which used to be a really nice shopping center).

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      1. Yeah I just saw Wendy’s comment to that end and it relieved me, although I thought I used to get your posts via email.
        There are some good ones on Church St. BTV is still tiny. Just the crepes and a Hudson News with the food kiosk inside. NIce to not have the chaos of a larger airport though

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  7. Way to go on that long run! I can’t remember the last time I’ve done a long run during the week, except a few years ago when I did a 15-miler (?) on a Friday morning and then went to work later. WE had a family reunion on the Saturday, and I hate doing my long runs on Sundays…so, Friday it was! Our temps are hot (and humid) this week, but last week the temps were decent (with high humidity that felt a bit more manageable).

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    1. I don’t do it often, either, and of course I don’t have to go to work afterwards.

      Although one memorable time I ran 10 miles in the morning, we drove to NJ for a wedding — which didn’t start til like 9 pm & we didn’t eat until almost midnight!

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  8. I think by running in the not so favorable conditions of late, you’ll be more than ready for your race! It’s crazy how things will chafe from the humidity. I guess it compares to running in the rain though. I bet if felt weird to see your teacher after so many years. I could use that cupcake right about now. 😉 Thanks for linking!

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