Marathon Training + Night Owl + Week in Review

Hi all!! I am back with my end of the week review and my marathon training workouts. I know I didn’t do a weekly review last Saturday, but we were out-of-town. After my first 3 weeks of training I had to re-evaluate my runs because I was not doing all my scheduled runs. I was missing too many runs during the middle of the week and I knew I couldn’t just rely on my one long run on Sundays. I was doing my runs in the early mornings because of my hubby’s work schedule, but now he is back to normal hours so I am able to have a choice of what time of day I run. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try a run in the evening after dinner and before it gets dark.  I have been doing my weekday runs in the evening for 2 weeks now and haven’t missed a run. I am glad I made the switch. I still have my long runs on Sundays in the early morning because that is the only way to beat the heat for my double-digit runs I have.

Yesterday, I had to run 5 miles and decided to go out for my run a little earlier than normal at around 3:30 (when it is the hottest time of day) in the afternoon, when it was about 90 degrees out. I figured it is only 5 miles, how bad could it be? Well, it was the most miserable 5 miles of my life. The first 3 miles were, actually, not that bad since it was a gradual downhill and the wind was in my face. The last 2 miles when I changed direction, with no wind and the sun shining directly on me, I instantly felt my head pounding and the intense heat from the sun, which really slowed me down. Fortunately, when I got back powericefrom my run I still had a Power Ice popsicle from my StrideBox left, it really hit the spot after a very hot run.  Needless to say, I learned my lesson, and will never be running in the afternoon again (or at least during the summer). I thought I was doing myself a favor by getting my run done early for the day, I guess not.

full marathon training workouts:

Week 4

Sun June 2:    10 mile run (total: 1:35.32 / 9:33 mil   /  158 bpm)

Mon. June 3:     1 hour circuit class

Tues. June 4:   5.10 mile run (total: 47:15.74  /  9:15 mil  / 160 bpm) + 1 hr interval training

Wed. June 5:    3 mile run (total: 27:24.29  /  9:08 mil  /  156 bpm)  +  1 hr interval training

Thurs. June 6:  1 hr Stroller Barre

Fri. June 7: Rest/travel day

Sat. June 8: Rest

Week 5

Sun. June 95 mile run (total: 47:42.36  /  9:32 mil  / 151 bpm) (Sacramento, CA)

Mon. June 10: Rest/travel day

Tues. June 11: 2 mile run (total: 17:40.59  /  8:49 mil  /  150 bpm)   +  1 hr interval training

Wed. June 12:  Rest day

Thurs. June 13: 1 hr interval training

Fri. June 14:   5 mile run (total: 48:02.36  /  9:36 mil  /  157 bpm)  +  1 hr interval training

zootrip

This week has been a long week. It started with visiting relatives up in Sacramento.

While in Sacramento, we went to the Sacramento Zoo, where Z had a blast. It was the perfect size for Z to be able to walk, pretty much, the whole Zoo. He was very aware of the animals and was trying to talk to them.

Z was a busy guy last weekend.

We took him to a local park, so he could get out some energy out. I do want to add last Saturday in Sacramento when we went to the park at 9 in the morning it was already 88 degrees. I think it was about 108 that day. HOT! HOT! HOT!

parktime

Z even mowed my Aunt’s front lawn for her. 🙂

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We also stopped at Anderson’s Pea Soup Restaurant (Santa Nuella, CA) along the way and it was pretty windy, but I think Z really enjoyed the wind blowing in his hair. This is one of my favorite pictures of the trip!

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I am off to go make some homemade pretzels and pizza dough for Father’s Day tomorrow!! I will post recipes soon!

 What is the hottest temperature you have run in? I can’t remember the exact temperature, but recently yesterday’s run was the hottest (at 90).

What time of day do you like to run or have to run? I actually enjoy running in the early morning just as the sun is peaking up, but my body enjoys the evening runs.

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2 Responses to Marathon Training + Night Owl + Week in Review

  1. Marlene says:

    I also like the wind-blown hair!

  2. megbek says:

    Yay for switching your running times up and finding something that’s working. I prefer running immediately after work, around 6, but this heat is killing me. I also ran in 90 degree weather yesterday and thought I was going to faint. I really don’t know how I’m going to train for things with the weather being so evil. Aw, that is definitely an awesome picture of Z! How wonderful! 🙂

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