Halfway through marathon training! This first week in September was extremely hot and humid. It’s hard to remember ever running with tights and long-sleeves, but I know that weather is not too far away. Next week we drop back our long run mileage and then pick it up to 17 the following week!
Monday – P90X YogaX
Tuesday – 3 mile jog (plan called for 10:28 pace)
I was glad just to have just 3 slow miles to run on this hot and humid day in DC! I planned it so I’d end my run at Kinko’s to pick up an order I had placed the night before. Then it’s just about a mile walk home from there. I drank almost my entire 22 oz water bottle during my 3 mile run.
Wednesday – 8.5 mile run fast (plan called for 8:27-8:12 pace)
What a HOT and HUMID day! I thought about getting out at 6 am but since it was in the high 70s that early, I figured I’d be hot and sweaty no matter what. I was surprised that I kept my pace on track despite the extreme temps and heavy air. I did take a pretty long break at Arlington National Cemetery entrance, my turnaround spot at exactly 4.25 miles.
Thursday – REST
Friday – P90X YogaX
Saturday – 14 mile run: 5.5 mi/8.5 mi fast and comfortable (8:12-7:47 and 9:33-8:40)
When Matt, Mike and I stepped outside at 7:30 am, we were hit with a wave of heavy, hot air. Uhoh. This run was not easy. We mixed up the route from last week and ran through Georgetown and along the C&O Canal Trail, which was shaded. There were a lot more runners out this weekend getting their long runs in, making the bike trail pretty congested. We took our gels at the turnaround point at Fletcher’s Boathouse. I’ve noticed that GU gives me a pretty big and sustained energy boost. Despite our hydration vests, we stopped at many water fountains on the way back. Mike would soak his hat and I’d soak my Bondi band. Very refreshing!
Surprisingly, I had zero stomach issues during or after this run. I’m not really sure why. The day before I had a green smoothie, kale salad for lunch and pizza for dinner. I did have a nuun, a chocolate milk, a piece of pizza and some tortilla chips right when I got home. I’ve found that getting food into me ASAP helps a lot with recovery.
Sunday – REST