We went from arctic tundra winter to hot and humid heat box in the matter of one day.  Here in New Jersey we have had rain all week.  I don’t mind rain but it means flooding as well as the humidity levels being high.  It’s taken some serious adjusting too.

Monday: 11 untimed
Tuesday: 12.5 untimed
Wednesday: OFF
Thursday: 12.5 untimed
Friday: 12.5 untimed
Saturday: 12.5 untimed
Sunday: 5k Total miles: 15
Total: 76

 

Thoughts:

Monday I ran completely in the state forest.  Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday were the exact same route all untimed.  I didn’t get bored as each run presented difficult challenges.  Some days it was pouring rain, some days I was running late and realized I was dumb to run that direction, one I listened to the song fancy on repeat the entire run and Saturday it was sunny.  I don’t get bored running the same route though and could do that for a while.  That being said I’m going to map out some new routes next week and explore new places.

This week was spent acclimating to the heat.  I know my paces will slow down for a while and I’m fine with that.  First I’m adding an extra day of running in. (Last month I was running 5 days a week, not 6).  Adding that day back is going to take some getting used too.  I often think about the (stupid) runner I was that ran 7 days a week, every week.  For me that resulted in injury (as it probably would now).  So I’ll probably stay to 6 days a week (maybe a few 7 day run weeks but not for a while).

My goal for the 5k today is to get some speed work in and go from there.  I don’t know what speed I’m currently at.  My last 5k was 19:04 so I would like to be around that if possible.  I saw a $20 5k and signed up on a whim.

Other thoughts:

The heat is terrible.  It takes time to get adjusted too.  Between the heat, humidty and adding an extra day of running I chose not to time my runs.  (Which is good because I kept forgetting to charge my watch).  I actually am debating adding in some cross training (when my schedule allows).

Next week:

I hope to do roughly the same thing.  These next few weeks I’m going to get comfortable with running 6 days a week in the heat.  I’m also going to get comfortable with 15 milers.  Although I’m running 10-13 miles daily, the extra 2 miles feels a world of a difference right now.

I hope to do a 5k next weekend (I know there are some…I just have to pick one out).

Questions for you:

What is your best “acclimating to the heat” advice?

What was your favorite workout of the week?