I can tolerate running in the rain or cold, but high humidity combined with warmer temperatures always poses a mental and physical challenge for me. Even though summers in Seattle are relatively mild, most of my running routes go along rivers or through wetlands, with higher humidity in the early mornings of summer.
All of this week’s runs were done through high humidity. I’d still always run early through humidity than later in warmer temperatures, especially with the beautiful early mornings out here. Most of my runs this week averaged in the 8:30-8:50s, but let me tell you – it either felt like I should have been going faster than than, or I finished the runs so sweaty that it looked like I had gone swimming.
Monday: Rest day
After a full week with no rest, the holiday brought the perfect opportunity to sleep in and rest. Ryan and I went to downtown Seattle for some Memorial Day shopping at Patagonia and REI, followed by a long walk with the dogs.
Tuesday: 7 mile run and core work
Ollie joined me for the entire 7 miles and seemed like his normal self, but after the run he started to cough up mucus. I panicked and called our vet. We were able to get him in for an appointment that afternoon, and the vet diagnosed a respiratory infection and prescribed some antibiotics and rest.
You try to tell a not-quite 2 year-old cattle dog mix to rest, especially one who has been accustomed to running 20-25 miles per week. Ollie did get to run at all for the remainder of the week, which by week resulted in him having far too much energy yet still fatiguing easily.
Wednesday: 7 mile run and 30 minutes Pilates
I ran 3 quick miles before Ryan and Charlie joined me for another 4. I’m really enjoying both the company on these run and getting my runs done before the work day begins- especially with the summer weather. Ollie didn’t even want to run, which was just pitiful – the poor pup clearly did not feel well.
Thursday: 4 mile run and 20 minutes strength training
Another humid morning! The first mile of this run felt like a slog, but in the second half Ryan and I were able to pick up the pace a bit.
By the end of the work day, I didn’t want to strength train, so I compromised with a shorter, harder workout:
2 x 10 kettlebell orbits
2 x 10 kettlebell halos
2 x 10 kettlebell figure-8s
2 x 10 reverse lunges with overhead press
2 x 15 kettlebell swings
2 x 10 kettlebell goblet squats
2 x 10 stability ball pikes
2 x 12 hamstring ball curls
Friday: 4 mile easy run
Even though Ollie’s energy had returned in full, he was still coughing a bit – which meant no running still. Ryan and I took Charlie out for a run, and we could actually hear Ollie crying desperately from his crate, clearly upset about missing out on a run. We actually had to place a Febreeze bottle (every dog has a random household object that terrifies them for no reason) outside of his crate for a panopticon effect so that he wouldn’t wake up the entire building with his crying at an early hour.
Meanwhile, Charlie got a case of the runs on our run. We probably spent at least 5 minutes stopped for puggle potty breaks – including one where he threw on the breaks on the boardwalk and nearly tripped both Ryan and me into the bog.
Saturday: 8 mile run
The route we’ve been using for a weekend runs naturally lends to a negative split: lots of climbing over the first 5 miles, followed by 3 miles of a gradual downhill. Our splits during the first half were in the 9:00-9:30/mile range, but we finished strong at a 7:45/mile. Runs like these make me really excited for fall marathon training.
We had dinner that night at one of our favorite local spots, Beardslee Public House, and the meal did not disappoint. I had a gin from their distillery, which just may be better than even my beloved Hendrick’s gin, and a guacamole turkey burger. I think all of the humid runs this week left me craving salt. We also split a jalapeno hummus and enjoyed an after dinner beer. I left feeling full but so satisfied – I love a good hearty burger.
Sunday: 7 mile hike
Our goal for this week’s hike was to find a trail that was relatively flat, not very crowded, and scenic. Ollie still needs training on how to hike, which eliminated anything with ledges, boulder fields, or difficult water crossings. We picked a random hike near Mountain Loop Highway and ended up really enjoying it. Except the moment when Ollie almost ate a snake.
We hiked for 7 miles with minimal elevation gain – around 700 feet total – on a soft, wide trail. The scenery is truly PNW-esque, with mossy towering trees and large ferns. The hike brought us down to the shore of a river, where we enjoyed a quick lunch.
Do you prefer summer running or winter running?
How was your week in running?