Week 15 Recap- Extremes

Week 15?!  My race is almost here?  How did that happen?  I haven’t even registered for it yet!   Well, crap, I better get on that.  Right after this damn heat wave leaves.

Monday- Rest

Lugging one less bag to work on Mondays is kind of nice.  Think I’ll stick with this Monday rest thing.  I was going to come home and ride the back but I decided to dye my hair instead.  #byebyeblonde


Tuesday- 4.51 Miles

Holy speed, Batman, I ran a 7:49 mile?!?!?  Awesome!    I’m still kind of stoked about that.   If you missed me shouting it from the rooftops, you can read about it here.  😃😄


Day from hell.  For reasons I can’t say, the day went south real fast in the afternoon.  If there was ever a day to drink, it was this day.   But the only alcohol in my house is Patron and I wasn’t feeling shots.  😏 So I ate pizza instead.


Thursday- 4 Miles

It was in the low 80’s when I started my run and it was so nice.   There was a nice breeze too.  It later turned into a pretty strong headwind but that’s not the point.   The cooler temps were amazing, this run actually felt comfortable.  I wanted to keep running for a few more miles.   But the downside to the cooler temps is the quicker setting sun.  And the river bed is not really the place for a post twilight run.  But it was a 4 solid miles.  ✅

 Friday- Rest

Day 10 of 11 in a row working.  Stick a fork in me, I’m done.    I really did think about getting on the bike when I got home but just couldn’t make myself do it.   Plus the heat had come back and my house wasn’t much cooler than outside.

Saturday- 7.5 miles bike

Day 11!  With a projected high of 100 I knew I wasn’t running after work.  Unfortunately I am just not fast enough to pull off a long run before work on Saturday’s.  Even with it being a later start, I still have to be on the road before 8.   So errands, laundry and biking was it for the day.

Sunday- 6 Miles AM, 3.2 Miles PM

Shot myself in the foot on this one.   I needed to a run a 12 miler.  Needed it for this training cycle and mentally because I have as serious mental block with a 12 mile training run.   It was also predicted to be 101.  My alarm was set for an early morning run, I even managed to go to bed around the 11:30 on Saturday.  I was going to do this.  Then my alarm went off.

So, the average hours I sleep every night run around 6.  And those aren’t a good 6.    I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in so long I can’t even remember.   Until Saturday night.   When that alarm went off, I didn’t even think about it, I turned it off. I was in such a good spot sleeping, I wasn’t wasting it.   I had a back up alarm an hour later anyways.   Except it was turned off in the same way.   The sleep was seriously awesome.  I did eventually make myself get up and got ready to run.   I was out the door by 9:15.  It was already warm so I knew I wasn’t finishing 12.   So I planned to get in as many as I could before I felt too hot and then do the remainder at the gym a little later.   Not ideal but better than nothing.

I pulled off a slow, hot 6 miles before calling it.  After a few more errands I was on my way to the gym.   I was taking my mom to the movies later so I wasn’t sure I had the time for 6 anymore.  Thanks to some stupid shorts and some horrible stomach cramps I only pulled off 3 miles.   I started to feel better around 2.5 miles but the first part took so long I wasn’t getting much farther.  So I called it and went home to shower for the movies.   9 miles for the day- not what I wanted but not too bad either.  I don’t regret the extra sleep at all.  I needed that.  😏

The movie- The Scorch Trials– was awesome and the popcorn was a yummy consolation prize.  Oh and that temp?  We broke records and hit 105*.

Paleo- C

Honestly, this might be a B.  I was pretty behaved last week even with all the stress.  I didn’t binge on chips or cookies and after Wednesday, I could have rationalized it.  But I didn’t.    However, I did eat pizza twice and had the popcorn and some candy at the movies.  So I am sticking with the C.

Considering the chaos of last week, I am actually content with the training I got in.   They were all solid miles that will only help me grow as a runner.  I am thinking more long term than short term here and that’s what counts- running for a long time to come.   Not just for my upcoming races.   😊     And there was that fast mile!   Yeah, I’m going to hang on to that for a while.

Now this week-  My boss is on vacation still so one more week with little breaks is on tap.  That’s ok, I can do it.  Then this weekend is my favorite race of the year!  Woo hoo!  I will be racing a 10K on Sunday and running a 5K right after.  😜  Oh and volunteering the day before.   Love it.

How was your weekend?

Tell me all about your fall weather- I need to live vicariously right now.

Ever run double races?

24 thoughts on “Week 15 Recap- Extremes

  1. I don’t think I have run a sub 8 min mile anytime in recent memory, that’s fantastic! 🙂 We are having record hot weather in SF lately, it’s reaching the 90s! I love it for the beach…running not so much. Hopefully, fall shows up for you soon!


  2. AWESOME weekend…more cross country stuff – which is hard to beat. But we’re still hot too. Played tennis Sunday as the temps reached into 90s! Tennis court is not the best place to be in those temps, but we won due to our better fitness. So can’t complain to much!


  3. Holy speedy!! Way to go!
    And don’t beat yourself up over cutting your run short in favor of sleep! You need it, especially with your crazy work schedule right now. Combined with those temps, you deserve the rest.
    We got hit with the fall weather over the past week, not gonna lie, it’s made for glorious running. However, I’ve also spent pretty much all the rest of my spare time chattering my teeth because that coldness came in quicker than I expected. Trust me, when I have snow up to my butt, I will be living vicariously though you 🙂


    1. Oh, the sleep was so awesome. Why can’t every night be like that? Ok, at least 2 a week.
      Oh, I am so jealous of your fall weather. Well that and your trails. 🙂 Not the snow though, that stuff is crazy. It looks pretty in pictures though!

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  4. Fabulous mile split! Speedy lady!! I don’t blame you for breaking apart the long run, sometimes the heat is just too much to stand. Hope you have a fabulous week!


  5. oh man, hopefully you get out of the 100s soon. Yuck. Although, we are not really feeling fall temperatures either in the Upper Midwest. But tomorrow is the first official day of fall, so it has to start changing soon!


  6. Haha – wanna know a secret? I just registered for Hartford last week and it’s on 10/10 (or something, I forget!). HELLO, 7:49 mile?!?! DUDE! YAS! Hope those temps cool off for you soon – we are starting to see some relief (finally)!


  7. Congrats on your great mile pace. It is always so fun to reach a new goal. Great week too.. It has been cooler here in Memphis as welll.


  8. Very solid week, and that mile time is still so awesome! I wish I could share my weather with you right now because it’s been absolutely glorious. Warm, sunny, and low humidity. High of 73 today 🙂

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