Hi! Week 3 is done!
And so I skipped more workouts this week. I still blame the new job and the scorching hot temps. I wasn’t entirely useless though… I just didn’t run as much as I should have run.
Monday: Worked late
Tuesday: “Muscle Tech” class at the gym (and the deadlifts w the 5lbs dumbbells left me sore for days).
Wednesday: More working late
Thursday: 5 miles in the ridiculous temps (1 mile walk, 4 mile slooooow run)
Saturday: “Definitions” class at the gym
Sunday: 7 miles
Just like the rest of America, it was ungodly hot here ALL WEEK. It was so hot on Tuesday, which is why I went to a class in lieu of a run and by the time Thursday rolled around I knew I had to run. I told myself if I don’t run, I will at least walk my miles. So I walked to the lake front, sat along the water’s edge for like 15 minutes and gathering motivation to run. After watching other crazy runners, I decided to make my move. I didn’t have my watch, but I can only imagine how slow I was moving. It felt like I was running with bricks tied to my feet. NEVER AGAIN will I run when it is that hot. I was thirsty for like 24 hours after that run.
And I forgot to set my alarm for my long run on Saturday. Well that is a half truth. I had an alarm on my phone, but I forgot to set my clock radio alarm (I wake up to news talk radio, like an old man). I vaguely remember turning off my phone alarm when it went off at 5:2o, which this is why I need the clock radio. I need to hear noise for a solid 10 minutes before I actually wake up. I woke up around 6:45 and realized I’d forgotten to set my real alarm and ultimately missed the 6:30 meet time for my running group. I decided to cut my losses and just go to the gym for a class and pushed my run to Sunday. I am lazy.
Post gym on Saturday, one of my friends and I went to meet up with some friends who were playing volleyball on North Avenue Beach. I decided walking to and from the beach is just like going for a long run, right? (FYI: it is not like running and my feet still hurt from walking in strappy sandals. Stupid idea.)
WORST IDEA EVER. So many humans. So much techno music.
We retreated to a beer garden in Old Town and had a couple few Summer Shandies.
And I regretted those 4 beer garden shandies this morning at about mile 3 of my 7 mile run. It was hotter and more humid than I was expecting and I probably should have just been drinking water yesterday… but you know what they say, #YOLO. (Feel free to judge me for using that term, I judge myself.) I had a Clif Shot at mile 3 and I felt like a new human being after that. It’s amazing what those lil guys can do for you!
And I also stopped at every fountain along the path. It was really hot out there this morning… with the exception of my Thursday night run, this was the hottest run of the summer. So glad I was out there at 6:30am! And this week I packed a lil blanket in my car so I could sit on the beach for a bit after my run. People are always saying how awesome it is to put your feet in the water after a run. And those people are not lying. It is amazing and I’m not sure how it’s taken me this long to figure this out.
And I was pleasantly surprised to see how “fast” I ran.
The past few years, I’ve done my long runs at a 10:30 pace, so anything under 10 feels so fast. :) I celebrated my run with brunch and a flight of craft beer with some girlfriends this afternoon. Nice lil Sunday in Chitown.
And then later (after a nap): Nutella froyo. It was glorious.
So basically to recap this week of training: I skipped a bunch of runs, drank a bunch of beers and ate froyo. Pretty solid. Let’s see how week 4 goes.
Elite athlete, signing off.