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.
- 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)
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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.
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.
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 . . .
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.
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.
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?