I have now finished Week Two in my 18 week training plan. 🙂 That means I’m over 10% done! You can read about Week One here.
Monday is always cross-training, and I typically whenever cross training comes up I bike, but on Monday I waited too long and it got dark outside. I decided instead to do a combination of yoga and some simple body weight exercises like push-ups, squats, lunges, and planks.
Tuesday I had 3 miles on the schedule, so I did one of my common 3 mile loop routes. It was pretty warm…around 80 degrees with 70% humidity (I know that may not be super warm for those of you in Florida!), and it was sucking the energy right out of me. At about 2.5 miles, I started to feel light headed and I realized that I hadn’t eaten much since lunch time–it was now around 6 pm. A good reminder to make sure to fuel your body properly for all runs, even short ones! I ended up finishing 3.1 miles at a 9:49 pace. When I got home I searched for a snack to bring my blood sugar back up, and I found some delicious blueberries which I ate while I stretched outside.
Wednesday I had to run 5 miles, and I made the strange decision to do it at lunchtime. It looked like it might thunderstorm later in the day, so I wanted to get it out of the way, but it sure was hot! It was again about 80 degrees, now with 75% humidity and the sun beating down on me. I think it’s good to do some runs in these conditions to get acclimated properly to the heat, but they definitely aren’t easy! I ran around campus and ended up with 5.5 miles with the first 5 miles at a 9:42 pace, and the last 0.5 miles at a 10:03 pace as a ‘cool’ down.
Thursday was another 3 mile run on the schedule and I decided to do the same route as Tuesday. The run felt much easier than the past two days, maybe because humidity dropped down to about 50%. I ran around 5:30, and then immediately afterwards had a concert with the community band I play in. My parents are watching my nieces for a few weeks, so they came to watch the concert and these are the pictures I got during the concert from Dustin and the girls.
|I guess it’s a little before the actual sunset, but the sun was setting behind a giant cloud and it was pretty. 🙂|