After all the excitement of the week, is it any wonder that my training suffered? Every run was tough this week because my legs were heavy, and I didn't get in any cross-training (unless you count speed-walking through airports, climbing stairs, and touring Minneapolis on foot...or building a bookshelf, which I did Friday).
But I got them done...mostly.
|That's right, I built it myself! Loading the books on was no small task, either.|
On Monday, I had my nice 4-miler through the parks of Minneapolis. I finished that run just as people were walking to work, so my last half mile consisted mostly of dodging between briefcase-toting business-people. There were also a lot of stops at cross-walks, which kind of took the wind out of my sails.
|I wish we had parks with cool fountains, statues, and lots of trees here in my part of Florida!|
I pushed my speedwork from Wednesday (when we flew home) to Thursday. I made the mistake of doing this at night. I think if I had gone in the morning, I would have been more successful. This was my first time ever doing repeats, and the plan called for 1600s at 9:12 with 800 recovery jogs. Before I even began, I went to the bathroom and was sick. (Maybe my intestines were all jumbled from airport fare?) After my mile warmup, I went to the bathroom again...with the same results. My 4-mile repeats became a 2-miler.
I shook it off and was looking forward to my long run this weekend. Saturday morning I ran my scheduled 9 miles. It was already ridiculously humid when I got started, and by the time I finished it was in the 80s.
|At 6:10 when I started the run, it was 77 with a humidity of 94%. WTH Florida.|
|Seriously my new favorite fuel for these shorter long runs. Thanks, Heather, for the tip!|
My legs were still exhausted, but luckily I had no tummy troubles.
|Post-run chocolate milk and a shot of my #RUNootd.|
My biggest setback on this run was that I was chugging too much water. It was so hot and I found myself gulping down about 32 ounces over the course of the run. By the halfway point, I was cramping up and felt like I might vomit from all the sloshing. So I adjusted my plan and finished the run doing run/walk intervals.
|You can see where I walked in orange on the map. (Not to be confused with the awesome orange splotches meant to protect my location haha.)|
|I saw a huge bunny on the run, which marks the first time I've seen one close to home (as opposed to at my parents' house or out of state)!|
So yeah, this week was rough. But rough weeks make us stronger, and I'm not concerned in any way. The fact that I powered through the full 9 when I could have cut it short speaks volumes...even if the run was one of my slowest to date.
In other fun news, I made the banner of the Sub-30 Club group (which, by the way, has expanded to over 1,900 members after Runner's World Magazine published a little blurb on it!), along with a few other awesome people...
|Can you spot me? (Yes, I wore the shirt on my run Monday to represent the club in Minnesota!)|
|The entry is here...see if you can figure out which is me!|
...and Janae at Hungry Runner Girl featured me as part of her Finish Line Photos post this week!
I'm looking forward to a much more consistent week next week!
How do you deal with a tough running week?
How do you adjust a run that's not going your way?
How does travel affect your workout/run schedule?