Early June in the Seattle area feels like February: chilly, damp, and gray. Sometimes the sun peeks out in the afternoon but as a morning runner, most miles of my miles were full Juneary weather. Arm warmers become an essential piece of gear again in June. We have glorious patches of sunshine that remind us it actually is summer, but the temperatures feel more like early spring.
Although honestly, minus the drizzle, it’s not that bad for running.
Monday: 3 miles at tempo (7 miles total) & 30 minutes Pilates
Another bread-and-butter tempo run, just like last week, with 240 feet of total elevation gain (most in the first half). For the tempo miles, I ran 7:14, 7:09, and 7:04 – my legs felt better the longer I held the faster pace. June weather set in, which mean chilly temperatures (49 at the start), dull gray skies, and a barely perceptible drizzle of rain.
My mat and magic circle Pilates workout was aptly called “Ring of Fire” and left my core quaking for a few minutes after the completion of the workout.
Tuesday: 7 mile easy run
When Charlie and I started our run, gray skies and high humidity loomed. By the time I ran Charlie for three miles and started Ollie on his run, the clouds gave way to beautiful sunshine.
Wednesday: 6 mile fartek run & 45 minutes strength training
I accidentally hit the lap button on my Garmin right at the one-mile mark, triggering my programmed workout to start. I probably could have stopped my watch and restarted the workout, but I was already aware that I probably didn’t hydrate enough before this run (too much coffee, too little water). I ran 1-2-3-2-1-2-3-2-1 minutes hard with equal recovery time.
Lately, I have been enjoying focusing one strength day on kettlebell exercises and the second on barbell exercises. For Wednesday’s strength workout, I used the kettlebell for swings, single leg deadlifts, windmills, deadbugs, and reverse lunges with a single arm overhead press.
I also did some TRX rows, eccentric pull-ups, bicep curls and reverse flyes; while I normally don’t like isolation exercises, I have a few weak links in my chain that need to be strengthened for pull-up progress. I wrapped up the workout with box jumps and was excited for a rest day.
Friday: 8 mile run & strength train
Ollie’s mileage was low during the weeks surrounding my half marathon, so he needed a bit of a boost to get him back to his normal range of 7-10 mile runs. I took him to a paved trail so we could run without any cars, street crossings, or things that scare him. Most of our run was smooth, steady, and enjoyable, even in true Juneary weather. Ollie even threw in a few surges during the final miles when he spotted some rabbits hiding in the grass.
After work, Ryan and I strength trained together at the gym. We did barbell deadlifts, barbell squats, bench presses, TRX rows, and hanging leg raises, plus some random core, plyometrics, and upper body exercises.
Saturday: 4 mile run
When Ryan and I embarked on our run with heavy, tired legs and an overeager Labraheeler. Our first mile was slow, but by the final two miles, we were holding a comfortable 8:20-ish pace. Of course, the sun peeked out after our run, so we immediately retreated to our porch to soak up any bit of vitamin D that we could.
Sunday: 3.5 mile hike
We took both dogs on a short hike at Lord Hill Regional Park, which is a popular park for trail running, light hikes, and mountain biking. Ollie and Charlie had a such a fun time on the hike, which was utterly adorable.
How was your week in running?
Would you prefer a gray and chilly June or a hot and humid one?