Last week was the final week of not-training before starting my fall half marathon segment. I’m not training for a marathon this year. Initially, I had opted not to run CIM due to training for Boston in the spring (I can’t do two back-to-back marathons), but then I decided to forgo Boston for multiple reasons. The idea of focusing on shorter distances appealed to me, so I signed up for a fall half marathon instead. I’ve got my eyes on the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon as my next marathon in 2019 or later.
I’ll be honest, I’m quite glad I’m not training for a marathon currently. The weather this week started out with hotter than normal temperatures and then flipped to rainy and dreary – all resulting in humidity during the mornings when I run. Thankfully, by the weekend we were able to enjoy summer sunshine again.
Monday: 7 mile easy run & strength training
This run was a slow and sluggish run through the thick humidity. Realistically, it wasn’t that much of a slog, but that sensation of sweating buckets without the exhilaration of a hard workout is not very fun.
For strength training, I mostly relied on kettlebells and TRX for my workout. I finally moved up the height of my box for box jumps, after a couple months of using the lowest level plyo box.
Tuesday: 6 mile fast finish run
Despite lingering heat, this run went well and I was able to finish the final mile at a 7:05 pace. A fast finish run is always a fun transition into a training season and the pace boosted my confidence about the potential for this training cycle.
Wednesday: Rest day
I didn’t sleep well the past two nights, so I opted for a rest day on Wednesday.
Thursday: 7 mile run & Pilates
Since it was finally cool enough to run Ollie, so the Labraheeler and I ran six easy miles. After that, I took Charlie out for a mile run.
Friday: 10 mile progression run
Despite the non-stop drizzle of rain on this run, my legs felt fast and snappy. After a warm-up mile, I maintained right around an 8 minute pace and picked up the effort in the last two miles.
Saturday: Rest day
We skipped our planned run to embark early for our weekend camping trip. We had plans to camp along the coast again, at the same place we stayed back in June. Our plans were foiled, however. We left the Seattle area early, drove 3.5 hours to the coast, arrived at the campground shortly after check-out time, and could not find a single open spot. We then drove around the remainder of the Olympic Peninsula – eventually circumnavigating it – and searched nearly 10 campgrounds, all to no avail. By 3 PM, we gave up and headed home on the ferry. Ollie loves ferry rides, and at least we got to enjoy the scenery of the Peninsula!
With a beautiful, sunny day, we decided to kayak again. Ryan and I spent an hour kayaking up and down the Sammamish River. We also finally watched A Quiet Place, which probably kept my heart rate elevated for the better part of 90 minutes.
How was your week in running?
Are you training for any fall races?