It was a pretty nice and light week of running. I was actually able to get outdoors twice. The first time was on Tuesday. The weather was nice so I decided to come home and run rather than hitting up the treadmill. My legs felt a little tired, so I took it somewhat easy. It wasn’t like Sunday where they felt sore, they just felt a little weak.
Thursday, I got on the treadmill for a nice long interval session. I was pretty happy with how things went. I was able to get up to 8.4 for my last 1/2 mile interval, which is just slower than 7:00/mile. Next time, I’d like to get under that.
Saturday, I had dreams of doing a nice 6 mile or so run, but I quickly abandoned the idea of doing anything too difficult when I stepped out the door. The weather was relatively cool, but the humidity was awful. I was able to predict exactly how my run would go:
I’d start off pretty strong because of the cool weather. I wouldn’t be too hot, so that would enable me to start strong. However, it wouldn’t take long before my body started to heat up, and when it did, my performance would drop quickly. The high humidity means that my sweat is unable to evaporate and keep me cool. Instead, it just rolls off me and I lose water without really being cooled at all.
And that was basically how I went. Even up to about 2.5 miles my heart rate was pretty good, but it got up really quickly after that. I guess I’m glad I lasted that long before my body started to fall apart. So that’s a minor win.
I’ve basically decided that running outdoors in weather like this is really a waste of my energy. When I hop on the treadmill, I can still go 7 miles without much of a problem and doing longer runs on the treadmill in a room that’s really cool has to be better for me in almost every way. I feel like it’s worth trying to get outdoors a little, just to keep those muscle groups strong, but the majority of my training should probably be done on a treadmill until things start to improve. Right now, we’re basically at the peak of awfulness. It’ll be about a month before I can start hoping for some cooler days.
Anyway, I’m set up nicely for a M/W/F/Su running schedule this weekend. One of my softball teams is done for a few weeks, which opens up Friday as a running day for me. It’s been nice to be so active the last few weeks, so I’ll miss having all those games, but it’ll also be nice to fit my running into my schedule a little more easily.