I ran 40 miles last week! I also ran 40 miles the week prior as well (and skipped posting due to the holiday). This week felt a little harder due to a sharp spike in the heat and humidity. Summer arrived in full force in the Midwest, although the weekend was milder and pleasant.
Monday: Rest day
Ryan and I took a couple long walks. Indiana is now in Stage 3 of reopening, so we walked Isla and the dogs one mile each way to the new dog park. In the afternoon, we took a long walk with just Isla, for a total of almost five miles of walking in the day.
Tuesday: 8 mile easy run
This run was warm and humid! Since I did not have the stroller, I opted for a hillier route (at least by Indiana definition of hilly, which was roughly 230 feet over 8 miles). I deliberately restrained my pace knowing that the heat would inevitably slow me down. I averaged an 8:54/mile and was still drenched in sweat by the end!
Wednesday: 4 mile run & strength training
It was already hot when the sun rose on Wednesday morning. Since it was Ryan’s last day before starting his new job, we ran a short run together with the stroller. We kept our pace super easy, because running in 72-degree temperatures is no easy feat when it was in the 40s just a couple weeks ago!
I finally got to strength train in our finished home gym! We spent the previous week cutting and laying down rubber gym flooring. The original floor was ceramic, which was not a functional surface for a home gym. I completed a modified single-leg focus workout from Running Rewired. Even with modifications, it was the hardest strength workout I did since before pregnancy! It feels good to lift heavy (for me) again, even if I am nowhere near my previous levels.
Thursday: 7 mile stroller run
The humidity adds another element of challenge to stroller running. It was 68 degrees with 88% humidity – not super hot, but certainly warmer and muggy. I ran 7 miles with Isla and focused on controlling my effort. I averaged a 9:04/mile pace and never felt like I was overreaching for an easy run.
Friday: 5 mile easy run
The heat broke, so I took Ollie on an early morning run. He had a thrill trying to chase all of the fauna out at 6 AM. I was sore starting (from the strength session and stroller run), but the soreness subsided by the end of the run.
Saturday: 12 mile long run
Long runs have become my favorite run of the week. I took some fuel (Honey Stinger Plus+ Performance chews) and electrolytes (Nuun Performance) and set out for my longest postpartum run yet. 12 miles felt good! I averaged 8:39/mile, which is funny to me because all of my recent long runs have averaged 8:34-8:39/mile. I do not aim for a certain pace, I simply run by effort.
We took a 3 mile walk in the afternoon to enjoy the beautiful weather. We walked downtown, where we saw and gave a shout of support to the #BlackLivesMatter protest at the courthouse.
Sunday: 4 mile stroller run + strides & strength training
This was a really great run! With stay at home orders lifted, we feel more comfortable driving to a different location for a run. We drove to our alma mater campus, which is in town but felt like a huge deal after months of not venturing beyond our neighborhood area. It was a great option for stroller running and for running Ollie: no cars and no people to dodge. (If anything, this was the better option for social distancing!)
I ran a set of strides after the run, which felt super snappy. My pace has been improving on these; all but the first one were in the 5:xx range.
After getting Isla down for her nap, I completed the hip circuit from Running Rewired. It was short and simple, yet some of the exercises were challenging enough to make me aware of imbalances I need to correct.
We wrapped up the weekend with another long walk!
How was your week of running?
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