After a couple of weeks of super hot and super humid weather, we finally got some relief here in Northern Virginia. By mid-week this past week, the humidity finally broke and the temperature was no longer in the 90s-100s. It was definitely a welcome change!
With the nicer summer weather, I was able to spend more time outside exercising than at the gym, which was also a welcome change. Since I’m not sure how long the cooler and less humid weather will be around for, I put more of my focus into cardio and less into weight training this past week. I know that at some point the heat and humidity will be back on the rise, and I’ll be headed to the gym in order to exercise in the air conditioning.
Because it stormed all day on Saturday, I completed my long run yesterday. The last thing I wanted to do was run eight miles on the treadmill, and as yesterday’s weather wound up being perfect for summer running. When I finished my run it was 75 degrees, partly sunny, and the humidity was less than 50%. Because of the perfect summer weather conditions, I decided to challenge myself by running on a very hilly route. Although I questioned my decision mid run, I was very pleased with myself when I finished my eight miles.
The only thing that I wish I would have had more of this past week is time. Although the school year finally ended on Monday, I spent Tuesday-Friday doing professional development. My days were consumed with lots of discussion about AP World History, the AP course that I teach. And with a couple of horrible traffic days, by the time I got home some evenings I was far too tired to do anything beyond making dinner and relaxing on the couch. Now that I have a work free week, I’m looking forward to finding a better balance between relaxation and putting more time and effort into cross training.
Mon 6/22 – 3.10 mile run on the treadmill, 0.32 mile cool down walk, kettlebell squat swings, abs, arms, shoulders
Tues 6/23 – Rest day
Wed 6/24 – 3.26 mile run, 0.34 mile cool down walk
Thurs 6/25 – 1.60 mile walk with Riley
Fri 6/26 – Rest day
Sat 6/27 – Rest day
Sun 6/28 – 8.02 mile run, 0.41 mile cool down walk
Total Weekly Mileage – 17.05 miles (4.16 miles more than week 7)
Total RnRVB Mileage – 111.94 miles
QOTD: What struggles do you face in balancing training and relaxation?