Summers in Seattle mean early sunrises and fall-like temperatures in those early hours of the morning – perfect for running. Fall is usually my favorite time of year for running, but right now I don’t want the early sunrise runs of summer to come to an end. In winter, I’ll run later in the morning to take advantage of daylight, but during summer months, I like the routine of rising and running to get in my miles early. The sunrises are slowly getting later, so I’m enjoying these early morning runs while I can.
Monday: 6 mile run
Ryan and I took the dogs out for a run and decided mid-run to go further than planned. Charlie did so well at 6 miles, which still is the farthest our little puggle has ever run.
The weather was chilly. A thick fog had descended over the bog and the temperature was easily in the 40s. I wore arm warmers – in the middle of July!
Tuesday: 5 mile run & 40 minutes Pilates
Another chilly, foggy morning run! The sunrise is later and later each week, as late as 5:30 AM now (dawn is at 4:50), which makes me a bit sad for when fall comes and the mornings will be dark. But for now, I’m savoring these morning runs.
Wednesday: 7 mile run & 30 minutes strength training
Ollie and I got out with the sunrise for our run. We ran 7 miles on a hilly route, with the last 2 miles at a steady state effort (7:49, 7:39).
My strength training workout kicked my butt. I have been increasing my weights and went up to 40 pounds for single leg deadlifts. That, combined with the pull-ups, rendered me sore the next day! I think the heavier weights have been paying off: I feel leaner and stronger.
2 x 10 lateral lunges (30 lbs)
2 x 8 single leg deadlifts (40 lbs)
2 x 35 ft bear crawls
2 x 8 stability ball pikes
2 x 10 hamstring ball curls
2 sets of assisted pull-ups to failure: 6 on the first set, 3 on the second set
Thursday: 4 mile run
I felt the fatigue from Wednesday’s strength training as soon as I woke up. The combination of the fatigue and humidity meant that this morning’s run was kept to a very easy effort – when I checked my watch after the workout, it reported a 9:30/mile average pace.
Ryan and I took both dogs with us on the run, which meant a few stops. Charlie had to stop for the bathroom several times, and then poor Ollie lost it when a large truck drove past us on a narrow stretch of road then circled back, drove by us again, and then drove by us a third time as it went back in the original direction. We had to stop and calm Ollie down, as he was shaking in fear. Some days, he does okay with trucks, other days, the sound of a truck will cause him to cower.
Friday: 5 mile run
Ryan and I left the dogs at home for an easy 5 mile run. The sunrise was stunning this morning, even with a layer of fog over the bog. You forget about the months of rainy runs with runs like these!
We saw Dunkirk after work, which truly is a masterpiece especially the soundtrack and the story arc. I think I held my breath for the entire film.
Saturday: 4 mile hike
We started hiking at Pratt Lake Trail around 1 PM, during the heat of the day. I was sweating within the first third of a mile! The heat, heavier packs, and 20% incline made the climb up to Ollalie Lake a harder effort, especially during the first half. The cool mountain air made the second half of the hike easier. It took us 2 hours to reach the lake, where we then set up camp with our tent and hammock and spent the day relaxing by the lake, trying not to get bitten by the summer swarms of bugs.
Sunday: 4 mile hike
The bugs were terrible when we woke up, so we quickly ate our breakfast and drank coffee while packing up the gear. The hike back down was easy and relaxing, especially once we got away from the bugs at the lake. As soon as we got back to the car, both Ollie and Charlie fell asleep immediately – it was so cute how they snuggled!
What’s your favorite time of year for running?
How was your week in running?