So. It’s Monday, and the weekend was busy and fun…..and HOT. We had a great Saturday morning supporting Rob at a local sprint triathlon.
He’s training for the Austin half iron man in November so doing a few shorter races along the way is a fun thing to add to training. And we love the environment, the kids have a blast and it gives them a chance to think of someone other than themselves. Win win.
We had a great date night Saturday night with dinner followed by a fun birthday celebration for my brother-in-law. And we threw down some taco’s ya’ll. Rob had raced, I had run 7 miles, 4 of which were in the torching heat at 4 in the afternoon. Lord have mercy, I am so stupid. But Torchy’s did not disappoint….
So….onto running. My schedule for the week was as follows…
Monday: easy 4
Tuesday: speed work 12×400 with 400 recovery
Thursday: 5 tempo
Friday: easy 3
Saturday: easy 8
Sunday: easy 8
Here’s how it really went down…
Monday: easy 2 and bootcamp workout
Tuesday: 12×800 with 400 recovery(because I ran out of time..and did this workout at 3 in the afternoon outside)
Thursday: 5 tempo
Friday: 1 mile at a hard effort and bootcamp workout
Saturday: 7…4 outside and 3 on the treadmill
Sunday: 6 easy paced but hard
So, my strategy is this….
Go easy on myself when I don’t hit my exact mileage and slow down and or walk when it’s 103 degrees. Hanson’s is intense. I used it last winter for the Dallas marathon and followed it to a T. I hit all my paces and most of the time I was faster than I was supposed to be. For those of you not familiar with this training method it’s very strategic. You place easy efforts around harder ones while running 6 days a week. It builds high weekly volume while keeping your long runs at 16 miles or less. You’re training your body to run on tired legs, much like the final 10 miles of a marathon.
The only downside to this method is time. It takes a ton of time. I also ran off a lot of muscle because I was running so much I didn’t have time to strength train. So, this time around I’m taking miles off my easy days to add strength training in. We’ll see if it works.
What I’ve found this time around is a lot of inconsistency in my pace and how I feel. I’ve never trained for a marathon during the summer. Texas is hot, like a lot of places, and my body has never handled intense heat well. I dehydrate quickly and have asthma and some upper respiratory issues that make the humidity my ultimate nemesis. I’m a winter distance runner, not a summer one. So, I’m having to adapt. Tuesday I hit an 8 min pace for all my intervals and felt awesome. Yesterday, I ran an easy 3 on my treadmill then met up with a couple of friends for another 3 and was sucking air and had to stop twice, then didn’t make it up the monster hill that I end a lot of my runs on and always run up to finish. And I’m the one who is training for a marathon. Lovely.
But here’s the thing. Running can be inconsistent. At some point you will have a run where your body just says no. That was yesterday for me. It didn’t matter how much I’ve been running or how acclimated to the heat and humidity I am(I’m never really acclimated, I always struggle in it), it was a hard run and every step took effort. My body said no.
So, my advice to you is this. When you have a hard run or you find yourself running 3 min slower per mile or you’re the one in the group that has to stop and walk, don’t go home and toss your water bottle on the counter in frustration(because I have no idea who would do that….wink wink). Give yourself GRACE.
It’s hot. Running in the heat is a totally different monster and not all bodies are built the same. My husband can go knock out a 7 min mile in the heat and humidity(then I lovingly want to punch him in the face), where I struggle to maintain my recovery pace some days. Then, in the winter, I can knock off 2-3 minutes from my pace. It’s ridiculous but at the same time it’s just the way I am. I’ve always been this way, since I was a kid. I was the one passing out from dehydration in my driveway. Fun times.
So, keep going. Each run is not going to be the same. If and when you have a run where your body says no, just finish, stop and heed your body’s advice to rest and try again tomorrow or after a day off. It’s ok. Every runner has bad days and no one is invincible. Don’t let it hurt your pride and don’t be afraid to suck sometimes. Remember your goal. Each run, regardless of how terrible it might be, is one step closer to your goal. It builds strength of character, perseverence, humility, endurance and the ability to press on when it gets hard, much like what happens in a race. So keep going. Don’t be afraid to post it on Instagram and don’t delete the run from your Garmin because you are so frustrated at how slow it was. Because you have a goal, so go chase it….even if you’re walking.
Did you have any bad run’s this weekend?
Do you struggle with this dang heat and humidity? What’s your bad run story?