Happy Monday peeps! How did it come so fast! *sigh* Another weekend in the books and I'm pleased to say that I think summer is finally here! I didn't do anything terribly exciting this weekend. I stuck close to home, ran and cleaned out a room. Yeah, I'm hardcore like that :)
Nothing too exciting going on for me on the running front either. The temps in the Bay Area last week started rising and they didn't stop! When I left work on Friday around noon, it was already 80 degrees! Ugh! And even though I couldn't stand having to run in that, I just couldn't bring myself to go to the gym. I go through phases like that. Sometimes the thought of running on the road makes me cringe and all I want to do is hit the dreadmill. While other times, the thought of running on the dreadmill makes me want to vomit and only the road will satisfy me. Does that happen to any of you who also use the dreamil? Do you go through phases where only one will satisfy your running craving?
I headed out the door for a nice run around 1pm - mistake #1. I knew it was going to be hot but I figured I would just plow through. Mistake #2 came when I forgot my handheld and I had only realized it at the one mile mark! So I decided to keep it short and headed home at four miles. Four is better than none!
4 miles 33:07 8:17/mi pace
My knees have been really causing me trouble lately. They're tight and stiff for the first couple of miles and when I finish they ache like crazy. I can't seem to pin point the cause. All of my shoes have relatively low miles on them and my mileage hasn't been crazy, peaking right now right around 40 a week. I guess I'll just keep icing and stretching. Any ideas?
Saturday the temps were expected to hit the mid 90's! Wowza! So my cousin Sarah and I decided to hit the road early to get our run on. I've said it before, I'm not a morning runner. But the last few times I have hit the pavement early I have surprised myself in how well I do. By no means is my pace fast, in fact, I find in the morning as compared to my afternoon/evening runs that my pace in general is always slower. But I do love that feeling of having my run done! Right around 4 pm though I always feel like I should be doing something again - like that first run didn't count! LOL!
Right at 6:30 Sarah and I got our run on. It was already warm out! We had planned on 8 for the day as she is getting ready for her 2nd half with me in San Francisco next month! But my stomach was not happy with me. Between the heat and my tummy, it was a hard run and I was soooo glad to have Sarah there with me! We called it quits at 7 since it was already in the low 70's! Although we didn't hit the 8 we wanted, I think it was a quality run since for her, the time we were out running would have almost equaled the time 8 would have taken her had the weather cooperated.
7 miles 1:08:36 9:47/mi pace
Thanks Sarah for getting up with me! I think we will be tackling that ungodly hour many times this summer!
After I got home and refueled, I wanted to finish out the day with a few more miles. Even though my tummy was still not happy and the temps were in the 80's, I hit the road for four more miles. They weren't too terribly bad. Something about only having to run four miles sure puts a spring in your step!
4 miles 32:44 8:11/mi pace
The rest of Saturday was nursing my poor stomach. I don't think it likes this heat!
Sunday I got up early again to tackle another medium long run. But it just wasn't happening. It felt like it never cooled off from the day before! So when I was running again at 6:30, the miles felt so heavy! I wanted to do 12 but I was done at 8. Again, 8 is better than nothing!
8 miles 1:06:42 8:20/mi pace
It was a really nice weekend, although HOT! That seems to be the general theme for all of this weekend! And although I love the heat when it comes to laying by the pool, it is just painful when you have a run to get on. I finished the week strong and although I didn't hit all my planned runs (Tuesday's track workout didn't happen) I ended up with 44 miles for the week. Not too bad.
I know we complain in winter about the rain and cold, and some of you the snow! I know we complain in the summer about the oppressive heat. But what else can be do as runners! I need to find a place to live where it is 65 degrees and sunny every.single.day. LOL!
Looks like you were all busy bee's this weekend! I'm off to catch up!
Happy Monday and Happy Running peeps!