What a solid week of running. Well 90% solid! My midweek runs were the best part of the week. I hit all of the runs that I had planned for the week, with the only deviation of moving my long run on Saturday from 12 miles to 10 miles. Overall, it was a great week and I got to celebrate some small running victories along the way. The biggest victory to celebrate is that this was my first 20 mile week in almost 2 months! That’s incredible to think as I type that out, but it’s true. I’ve been averaging maybe 12-14 miles a week lately, so 25 miles last week was certainly a nice jump!
Other small victories last week was that I actually got 2 of my midweek runs completed in the morning. I am really not a morning runner, but I am slowly trying to change that, especially with the summer here. It’s cooler typically and it’s honestly just a great way to start the day. When I did do my Thursday run in the evening, I was almost regretting sleeping in a bit and being forced to do it later in the night. It had gotten pretty hot out there, so I actually waited until after 7pm to get to the streets. While it was still hot, there was a nice breeze that had kicked in by then. On tired legs, it was nice to see some faster splits that night.
Monday: Beachbody Workout
Tuesday: 3 miles, 33:10, 11:03/mile
Wednesday: 5 miles, 56:32 11:19/mile
Thursday: 4 miles, 43:50, 10:58/mile
Saturday: 10 miles, 2:08:50, 12:52/mile
Sunday: 3 miles, 46:57, 15:40/mile (Trails!!)
Total Miles: 25 miles
I had pretty high hopes for my Saturday run, but that really didn’t work out. I think part of it had to do that I was out Friday night for a concert, to see Jared & the Mill. While I was in bed by 11pm, it took awhile to get to sleep and it wasn’t great sleep. It was a great concert, so it was worth it to a degree, but the run paid for it a bit.
My alarm went off for my Saturday run and I didn’t get out of bed. I finally got up when Amanda called me as I was going to try and meet up with her for some miles. I immediately just said NOPE but somehow was awake enough to give her directions to where she needed to go. I was able to get out of bed and got moving for my own miles. I still got out early, but it was hot by then and over 80% humidity. The miles were really slow to start, but I kept moving. I decided to stay on the river trail to make sure I got some shade. At mile 6, I actually ran into Amanda and chatted for a bit. I got back on the trail and at mile 7, the skies just opened. At first it wasn’t bad but then it was a downpour and it hurt. I really slowed down, but I refused to stop. Somehow I got those 10 miles in, even if they were not the best miles. I just hope for Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half in 2 weeks, I have a slightly better performance.