I didn’t plan to take Monday off, but we had tickets to see Paul McCartney in concert in Tampa, so guess what? No running for me! To my own surprise I wasn’t dead tired on Tuesday, and due to much lower humidity and a few degrees less my five mile run on Tuesday went exceptionally well! I really can’t recall a solid five and a half mile run without any walking breaks in July, and certainly not one with negative splits. I thank the universe for these kinds of runs – they prove that my training is progressing well and that not everything has to be a struggle.

Wednesday’s run ended up on the treadmill. I would have preferred to do that on Thursday, but you can’t choose the weather, unfortunately. As luck would have it, it had been a sunny day until 5 p.m. – that’s when the heavens opened up and lightning forced me to change plans. I completed four miles and finished my workout with push-ups, planks, and lots of stretching.

Thursday’s five miles turned into four, but just barely. It was just absolutely miserable outside. But I wasn’t the only one who felt that way. I heard the same story from two other runners who decided to go for an early evening run. We all felt like dying, halfway through. On the upside – I had my very first rattlesnake encounter since moving to the U.S. almost 20 years ago. As soon as I spotted her from the distance I stopped and fumbled to get my phone out for a picture. She slowly made her way across my path, then disappeared in the brush. It was only then that I continued ahead.

After Friday’s rest day I was ready to tackle 18 miles on Saturday morning. At least I thought I was. We set out at 5 a.m., and the first 10 miles felt pretty good, despite the heat and humidity. But then, I had to tackle 8 miles by myself, since the rest of the group didn’t need that kind of distance. By now the sun was up and started to make things rather uncomfortable. I was still “ok” until the turnaround at mile 14, then things fell apart. And it wasn’t really about the distance – my legs were fine – it was just too warm and I was exposed to the sun, since the route I had chosen in downtown St. Pete hardly had any shade to speak of. It’s one thing to run on a very warm day, it’s another to run in direct sun. I took a couple of shortcuts and ended up finishing 17 miles, just a mile short of my goal. I knew that the last mile would not have made a difference (other than possibly getting me overheated, dehydrated, etc..)

Total mileage for the week? 30.6.  I’ll take it!

 

Monday: no running (concert)

Tuesday – 5.6 miles

Wednesday – 4 miles treadmill + core/pushups

Thursday – 4 miles slow

Friday – Rest

Saturday – 17 miles

Sunday – Rest

 

About Alex

Wife, runner, German native, beach bum, foodie, and wine lover. If you’re looking for info on how to run your next PR you’ve come to the wrong place. I’m not an expert on running or nutrition, and I won’t tell you what else you should or shouldn’t do. I'm fairly creative but notorious for starting fifty different projects and finishing (n)one. My blog is simply a collection of my personal experience in the crazy world of - running! Along the way I’ll also share what other random projects I’m currently into.

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