This week was good practice for when I'll be back at school...starting next week. I may never be a natural morning runner, but I've gotten into the habit over the last few weeks.
I've decided to move all my Wednesday runs to Thursday. I like the idea of doing my cross-training earlier in the week and taking a full rest day Friday before running long Saturday. Maybe I'll actually do some cross-training if it's after an easy run instead of after speed work.
Monday I had two easy scheduled, but because I missed my five on Saturday I decided to do a bit more. I pushed the pace and did four over the bridge. It was a nice little speed workout. I think I'm going to use the bridge and do repeats when my plan calls for speed; I prefer working on the incline and it makes me faster without as much work, it seems.
|It was sunny and hot when I finished, perfect for a dip in the pool!
That's probably all mental, but what can I say? When you figure out what works, you work it!
So I planned to do my five mile bridge repeats Thursday; I had a leadership retreat to be at and needed to be ready to go at 8:30. Of course, I had forgotten to change my alarm from Wednesday to Thursday, so I overslept. I barely got in three miles.
I was glad I fit something in, but annoyed at my poor planning. Still, maybe it was for the best, because I was having some foot pain.
Saturday I had 12 scheduled. There was a time when running long alone was a deal-breaker for me. I had to take a minute to pat myself on the back when my alarm went off at 4:30am and I dutifully climbed out of bed.
I haven't gotten a hydration pack yet, so I used my belt for the first time in months. The water was appreciated, but the belt was annoying. I need to get used to it again...or get the pack I'm coveting.
|16oz of water and 8oz of caffeinated Nuun. This was my first time using the Honey Stinger chews and I really liked them; they're less sticky and easier to eat than Gu Chomps.
When I first began my run, it was pitch dark and I was the only one out.
|Morning runs are the best. I feel like I'm the only one in the whole world.
Actually, I didn't see many runners Saturday, which made me wonder if I had my days screwed up again. The first six miles were wonderful; I stopped at the park to refill my water bottles and use the bathroom. The second half of the run was pretty rough. The minute the sun came up I was guzzling water and paying the price for it.
|All done! This was my longest run since February.
I was glad I remembered a beach towel...post-run I was absolutely dripping.
|I guess "sweat-wicking" is all relative in Florida.
I made sure to stretch better this week than last, but I'm feeling some normal aches. The run was slow toward the end (nothing slows me down like a full stomach), but I got it done.
So, not a bad week over all. Starting Monday, I'll be back at work full-time for teacher in-service days, so all my runs will have to be earlier. I guess it's time to get reacquainted with 4:30am!
How was your week of running?
Are you a morning or evening runner?