So I did something rather rare and did the remaining two training runs for the week practically back to back. Last night I did an ill-fated 3 miler that was supposed to be a 4 miler, then very early this morning did a redo and was able to complete the 4 miler.
Thursday Night 3 Miler (Time 39:56/Average Pace 13:19)
Last night's run was incredibly frustrating and disappointing. I had been excited all week because it was supposed to be in the 70's after having been almost 100 degrees for two days in a row. I'd anticipated the cool down and was like, "oh man, it's going to be amazing, my run is going to be so good." Um no. First of all as usual, the weather people are liars and the highs were more like 86 degrees. Honestly guys, I'm so over it. I'm tired of feeling like I can never walk outside. I'm tired of having to drag the air conditioner around the house and do a bunch of crap to cool the house down. I'm tired of feeling like I'm constantly sweaty and stinky. Most of all, I'm tired of being incredibly limited on when I can run. Early morning and late evening are my worst times when it comes to running, yet that's basically what I'm having to choose between. Late evening is the worst because eating dinner impacts my run even though I eat at 4 pm on those days, and I basically have acid reflux and burp the entire time. It's terrible and painful.
Anyway, I got out around 7 and it was so hot, and the sidewalk was practically steaming. I had decided to forego the Galloway method last night and just run/walk whenever the spirit moved me, and surprisingly this was a huge mistake. I don't know what it was, but my performance was terrible. I could NEVER get into a running groove, mostly because I couldn't breathe, but I also found that I fell back into the old pattern of not pushing myself. So weird, because when I set the intervals on my watch I follow them pretty religiously and totally push myself. I don't know why. It's not like the Galloway police are going to jump out of the bushes and arrest me if I take an extra walk break, I'm not accountable to anyone, but somehow the set intervals keep me on track!
I was just not feeling it last night. My legs hurt and felt like lead, I was tired, couldn't breathe and I was having major chafing issues. After struggling and being near tears the whole time, I decided to cut my run at 3 miles. When it's like that, there is no point in pushing it, it just makes it worse emotionally.
Friday Morning 4 Miler (Time 49:24/Average Pace 12:22)
So one of the great things about my new job (in a very long list of great things) is the fact we have a shower at work, so I decided to get to the office at 6 am today and do my 4 miler, then shower and start my 7 am shift. Again it was incredibly humid, but not quite as much as last night. My legs still felt really exhausted and had absolutely no spring, so I don't really know what's going on with that. Hopefully that goes away for my long run on Sunday! I probably should roll them out tonight with The Stick, I've been super lazy about that lately!
Anyway, nothing exciting really to report. It wasn't a great run, I was really tired and not feeling it, but apparently I was much faster than I thought, in fact my average pace was the fastest today out of all the training runs this month. Go figure! I did use the intervals on my watch and magically I pushed myself and ran more than I wanted. Apparently I am afraid of my Garmin and will obey its command! I will say I didn't hate the morning run as much as I thought I would. I think I hate the prep that goes along with it more than anything, you know, just having to pack toiletries/work clothes/towel/breakfast, etc. I did have the good sense to pack everything the night before so that all I had to do was grab my bag and go this morning. If the weather is going to continue to be a jerk ass, then doing a morning run at least once a week may be my best option. The work shower worked out well, so I definitely may deploy this a bit more.
Next up will be my long run on Sunday, an 8 miler. I'm not looking forward to it, especially since the high on Sunday is supposed to be 93, which means I'll have to get out there at the ass crack of dawn so that I don't roast!
I guess I should end on a positive note and say that I'm proud that I've managed to push and consistently do 3 training runs a week this month. (Grand tally is 37 miles!) I know technically I'm supposed to do 4 runs a week, but that is simply going to have to wait until the weather dies down. I honestly feel like my stamina is improving with even just 3 runs a week, but definitely want to add that 4th run in once things are cooler. At least I'm behaving differently this training go round and taking things more seriously, and I definitely feel positive about the marathon, I just need the weather to change!