So this past week concluded my month of “slowing-it-down”. It took a lot of adjusting to, but now that we’ve gotten to know each other, I have a feeling I’m going to miss it.
Last week was also a drop-back week for me–way less miles than I’ve been used to running lately and a long run that didn’t really seem long.
All fine and good til I realized I’m staring down a 20-miler exactly four weeks from now.
Yep. OK, then. Wow.
Perhaps I’m beginning to see the reasoning behind my slow-it-down month. And it’s making itself very clear to me….in the form of the aforementioned 20-miler four weeks from now.
Last week’s runs went like this (I’m finally up-to-date!):
Monday: Hill repeat day. A 1-mile warm-up followed by 8 hill repeats and a cool-down for the remainder, for a total of 8 miles. Goal pace 9:00-9:15. And so, the hills and I meet again. This time, Kelly found me a nice hill in her neighborhood. The HRs went well I thought. As fine as they could go for 85ish degrees and full sun. I was definitely working for them, which was fine, as that was the whole point of this workout.
A breakdown of the numbers:
Average pace: 9:30ish, if I was lucky. But good considering the conditions.
Water stops: 3
Periods during which I thought it quite probable that I was going to throw up: one, prolonged.
Times I wanted to quit: not quantifiable.
Times I thought of calling Kelly to see if there was a key to her house stashed somewhere so that I could go inside and lay down on her kitchen floor: 37
8 miles in 1:16:20
Wednesday: 5 treadmill miles in 45:10 (9:00-9:15 GP)
Thursday: 5 treadmill miles in 45:13 (9:00-9:15 GP)
Saturday: Met Kelly on the trail. 8 miles in 1:14:21 (9:30 GP–ended up under). It’s a good day when 8 miles feels like nothing.
Sunday: 5 recovery miles in 50:04 (10:00 GP)
In keeping with the theme of the last couple of posts (i.e. running in insane heat and humidity), Kelly and I had read about the benefits of drinking a slushie-type beverage prior to running in these types of conditions in order to preemptively bring down body temperature. And then I just saw this in last month’s Runner’s World:
I thought they were pretty good. Definitely not super-sweet by any means, which probably explains why my children did not particularly care for them:) I’d make them again though, next time maybe with strawberries or raspberries.
And….there’s nothing like seeing THIS on your Facebook news feed for a little motivation:
31 miles total for the week.