Hey, all! Sorry for the delayed post! I always feel so guilty when I’ve been a bad blogger.
As I’ve posted about previously here, I lost my grandfather to the disease back in 2004, and so I participate in any awareness events and make donations for the cause whenever possible.
I’m really upset that this year’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon conflicts with the organization’s annual PurpleStride 5K, especially since last year’s race was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy — so I won’t be able to run again this year, unfortunately.
I’ll go ahead and get to posting my workouts for this week:
Tue., July 16 : Cycling (10 miles) and Taekwondo class
Wed., July 17: Rest
Thur., July 18: 3 miles
Fri., July 19: 5 miles
Sat., July 20: Thai kickboxing
Sun., July 21: Thai kickboxing
Mon., July 22: 10 miles
Total weekly mileage: 18 miles
Needless to say, my weekly mileage for this week is pretty pathetic. After last week’s death-defying long run in the near-100 degree temperatures, I have to admit, I was a little freaked out. I’ve never felt that way before, and even though I learned a very important lesson and am being much smarter when it comes to hydration and timing my runs, I was terrified of a repeat performance. Last week’s heat wave in New Jersey was absolutely brutal, and no matter what I did, I just could NOT force myself to lace up those sneakers. Instead, I opted to keep my runs short and stay indoors for martial arts classes.
I felt guilty all week for keeping my mileage so low and for skipping my planned runs all together over the weekend, but I just could not muster the motivation to go outside. The temperatures approached the upper-90s all week, and the humidity was horrendous, even early in the morning and after the sun went down. Of course, I definitely didn’t want to spend upwards of an hour on a dreadmill, so while that’s always an option, it’s definitely not the lesser of the two evils! I know working out 6 times a week probably doesn’t qualify as giving myself a “break,” but in a way, I do feel like I gave myself a little mini-vacation from running last week — especially when now is the time to be ramping things up for Dumbo! — and I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a little bit enjoyable.
However, last night, I experienced a personal triumph — I did get out there for my long run, and I did make it up to 10 miles, which is my longest distance since the Superhero Half Marathon in May! And let me just say that, for the first time this summer, it was a FANTASTIC run. I decided to try running a little bit later in the evening, even though there was a chance of thunderstorms in the forecast. I lucked out: it was drizzling on and off the entire time, there was absolutely no sun, and there’s was a nice breeze to keep me cool. I won’t say it was effortless — because there’s nothing about running 10 miles that’s effortless — but it did almost feel that way! The miles flew by, I felt strong, and I really did enjoy it.
I know I’ve whined and complained endlessly here about how much I loathe summer temperatures, so last night was a reminder of just how much I can actually enjoy running. It also served as evidence that even though I have been struggling to push my pace this summer, that logging those miles — even when I don’t want to! — is absolutely paying off. I am SO looking forward to cooler temperatures, and I’m definitely getting excited about collecting some more half marathon bling this fall!
So…if someone could just tell me how I can control the weather to be overcast and rainy every time I plan for a run that’s longer than, say, 5 miles, that’d be great.
Have you ever given yourself a “break” from running?
Jersey runners: Anyone have any recommendations for half marathons this fall?!