Getting in three outdoor runs in a week is pretty good for this time of year. Last week, it was so nice in the morning that I went in late just to run in the nice cool weather. It went alright, but not as easy as I had hoped.
Saturday, I was actually able to do a mid-day outdoor run. I did the long run to Centennial Lake, around the lake and back. It looked like a triathlon had been through there, because there was a big set up for bikes. I think it was called Iron Girl, or something, so it was probably a women’s only race. I guessed that the race must have been over because there were a lot of bikes there and there was a sign that said “run out”. Nothing seemed to actually be going on, though, so it must have been over for quite some time. Overall, I was quite happy with how this run went. It wasn’t super cool, but it was nice enough and the course was challenging. I made it through without too much of a struggle, so I felt good about that.
I got in another outdoor run on Monday. The weather was starting to get back to normal D.C. area humidity, though. It wasn’t real hot, but it was muggy, so I made it a short run.
I decided to try some speed work on the treadmill tonight. It went okay. I did half-mile intervals. I started at 7.5, then went to 7.8 and 8.2 for the next two. I tried for 8.5 on the last one, but felt like I was slipping a bit on the treadmill. With my legs already pretty well fatigued, I didn’t want to injure myself and gave up. I think next time I try intervals, I’ll go back to my old strategy. I’ll increase speed for the first 3, then drop back for the last one. My first two were a piece of cake. My third one was good, but hard.
I’ve been a bit lazy about updating my blog this week. I didn’t get quite as much running in as I wanted, but it was an okay week. I was able to get outside on Monday and Wednesday. Monday was really nice, but Wednesday was kind of unbearable. I almost reconsidered running outdoor as soon as I stepped outside. It wasn’t terribly hot, but the humidity was really bad.
Yesterday, I hopped on the treadmill for my run. I was hoping to do 8 or 9 miles, but I was feeling really gassed by the end, so I cut it short. I’m pretty much counting the days until September, now. I miss the cooler weather.
I got a late start on my run and was only planning to do 4 miles. I don’t like running too close to bedtime, because it takes my body a while to slow down after a run. I did my thing where I upped my pace by 0.1 mph every half mile, but I felt so good, I just wanted to take advantage of it. I figured I’d go to 5 and eventually decided to go all the way to 6 miles. It felt great and is one of the most enjoyable runs I’ve had in some time. Hopefully, this is a sign that my body has turned a corner and that I’m starting to get back on track.
Had another good run on the treadmill today. I wanted to try for a long run, but I didn’t want to overdo it. I decided to go 5.6/5.7/5.6/5.7 for the first four miles, but then had the idea to go 5.6, then speed up and slow back down again, increasing the speed that I run during my “fast” miles which came every other mile. I really liked this idea for my long treadmill runs. I realized near the end, though, that it might have been even better to switch between slow and fast every half mile, rather than every mile. So I did implement this for the last two miles of my run. I felt good, and probably could have kept going, but I felt like I had a pretty good workout and didn’t want to wear out my body. If my body is getting back into better shape, then I don’t want to ruin it by exhausting my muscles. I’m debating about whether or not to try a short run tomorrow. Now that one of my softball seasons is over, I’ve got a bit more flexibility for running. I might just do my lifting tomorrow and nothing else, then try for 5 miles or so on Monday.
I really wish I had gotten out earlier to do this one. By computer said it was upper 70s, but it felt a lot hotter than that when I got outside. It also didn’t help that I could tell I was dehydrated before I even started. I didn’t go very far before I decided to make it a real short one and try to pick it up the next day.
My runs have been pretty rough lately. After I was finished, I decided to adopt the new motto “Every run is a success”. It’s a lot easier to get out there and run when you’re having success all the time. When you’re out there struggling, though, it can be tough to summon the will to go out again. So I feel like I should be happy about just getting out there and hope that things will turn around for me again soon.
I didn’t go out yesterday because I just didn’t feel great. I felt better today and decided to get on the treadmill. It was probably nice enough to go outdoors, but I wanted something easier.
I used the new treadmill in the workout room for the first time. It wasn’t bad. It had a little fan, which didn’t do a lot for me, but it probably helped a little. I started at 5.6 with the intention of going up 0.1 mph every half mile, but decided not to keep that aggressive pace. After the first half mile, I went up every 3/4 miles for the next 1.5 miles, then back on the 0.1mph/half mile pace. Once I got to 3.5, I started going up every 1/4 mile to try and make it under 50 minutes. I made it by 3 seconds, which felt pretty good.
It was nice enough to try and get a run in outdoors. My goal was 3 or 4 miles. It was still hot, but the humidity was way down. I felt pretty good for most of it, but started to struggle around mile 3.5, but it wasn’t enough to keep me from going. I had already decided to try for 5 miles and did it.
I really wish I could have gotten out to run this morning. It was beautiful outdoors. I think the temp was actually in the mid-60s when I left for work, which was pretty amazing for how bad it’s been. It was still pretty nice out when I got home, I think the temp was in the high 70s. I’ve got to get my outdoor runs in when I can, this time of year, so there was no way I was skipping today. I wanted to only do 3 miles, so I went a little faster than normal. I was going really fast for the last mile, until I got to the uphill part. Still, I had it pretty easy out there and did a relatively quick run.
It’s been a rough couple weeks for my running. Softball has taken up a lot of my time, and the heat and humidity are blistering. There’s no doubt that we’re into the worst part of the summer, and I think I’ll be hard pressed to get in too many outdoor runs. I’ll try to make an effort to get outside once a week, but it’ll likely be about 3 miles–tops.
I won’t bother to recap all of my runs in this time period, other than to say they’ve been rough. Even the indoor workout room at my apartment has been really warm, which has slowed me down. Yesterday was actually a pretty good run for me, at 5 miles. It was pretty hot in there, and there were about 6 or 7 people in the small room with me at all times, which doesn’t help. But I felt much better than I did on Saturday and was able to run and finish pretty strong.