Hi friends! Checking in after a hot, hot weekend in DC. We stayed inside most of the time, but ventured out on Saturday for a 98 Degrees concert at Wolf Trap! We brought a little picnic for the lawn prior to the show, and then moved to the covered seats to better see the stage. The throwback to the 90’s concert included Dream, Ryan Cabrera, O-town, and 98 Degrees – so fun to see them all live. It seemed like the performers really enjoyed getting back on tour after a decade or so off ;)Richmond Marathon Training: Week 5
Whew, last week was a tough one thanks to some of the highest heat/humidity conditions this summer. My #1 goal was to get in the mileage wherever possible, and that meant the treadmill for 3 runs. I had to quit both of my workouts (speedwork and race pace runs) early because I just wasn’t hitting the paces in the heat – but I know (hope?) conditions will improve over the next couple of weeks and I’ll get a better sense of where I am then.
Mon: Rest day – legs were suuper tired. I did some light yoga at home.
Tue: Attempted 5 X 1000 meter workout outside (5.3 miles total) – My legs were still so tired – I got through the warmup and 3 and a half repeats before giving up and jogging home. It was actually the coolest morning in a while, below 70 degrees, but my intervals got slower and slower. I think I need to focus on recovery after workouts – rolling, stretching and all that :)
Wed: 2 miles on treadmill (10:29 pace) and weights – I wasn’t planning to run today, but I ran a little just to get my legs moving and make up for the shortened mileage on Tuesday.
Thurs: 7 easy miles outside (10:12 pace) – this was supposed to be a 6 mile race pace (RP) run, but after my short warmup, I managed about 2 miles around race pace but felt my legs really slow down in the third mile. Despite multiple breaks, I couldn’t get anywhere near the pace again, so I decided to get in the miles at whatever pace felt doable since I have another opportunity to hit 6 RP miles next week.
Fri: 5 easy miles outside (10:35 pace) – nice, easy run. Nothing special, but it felt good to hit a steady pace in the heat.
Sat: 5 easy miles on T/M (10:49 pace) – DC was under a heat advisory this weekend, and it was 90 degrees by the time I woke up – treadmill it was! I was hoping to get my long run done outside on Sunday, so I switched the two runs and did the shorter one on Saturday.
Sun: 12 miles on T/M (10:44 pace) – I ended up doing this run on the treadmill too, and it actually wasn’t too bad. I downloaded a movie and just zoned out, stopping for a min or two every 4 miles or so. I forgot a gel, so I ate a couple of sour gummy bears that I found in my gym bag every 2-4 miles.
What’s your favorite running fuel? Probably margarita shot bloks!