Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon Training Log – Week 8

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.

8.02 mile run

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.

A glimpse at the traffic that I dealt with last Wednesday.  I went less than 2 miles in 30 minutes! :(

A glimpse at the traffic that I dealt with last Wednesday during my drive home.  I went less than 2 miles in 30 minutes! 😦

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?

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33 Responses to Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon Training Log – Week 8

  1. AP World History was my first AP course in high school (sophomore year) and I have to commend you for teaching it – I STILL find myself remembering crazy random facts about the Mughals or the Qin Dynasty that I never would have known otherwise, even as a history major at Oxford! I think running helps me balance out all the endless history and now law facts tumbling around my brain 🙂

  2. Your commute looks like mine! Add to that misery road construction. I could run home faster than drive sometimes…

  3. I’m jealous of your cooler and low humidity days!!! And that drive looks horrible! I would tear my hair out lol! Here’s to a great first official week of summer vacation for you!!!

  4. Lesley says:

    This week was pretty busy for me, and it ended up being a low mileage/workout week as well. I have some new things going on so I need to figure out how best to shift my schedule around.

  5. Karen :0) says:

    Great job this week, girl! Send some of that awesome weather my way! lol

  6. Gah! That traffic looks awful. Yikes.
    I constantly struggle with balance. I do the best I can, but sometimes I have to choose between running and resting. My choice depends on how I’m feeling that day.

  7. Elle says:

    I have a bit of trouble fitting it all in during the Summer because I add tennis and golf to the mix now!

  8. Time is something I think we all wish we had more of, I seriously have been wishing I had an hour or two more each day lately, LOL
    Glad your getting some cooler temps, hope you enjoy your runs in them more! We are not that lucky here, triple digit temps each day, although it did cool down to 80 by morning, so it was nice out around 7am:)

  9. Love the shirt! I was wondering whether you would still be able to do the half. Now you will have to come run with MRTT for sure 🙂

  10. Wow. Less than 50% humidity. That sounds divine!

    Love your shirt!

    That traffic makes me want to cry! Fortunately, we don’t see much like that around here. It’s one of the reasons we moved here, after years of miserable commuting for me.

  11. awesome job tackling that 8-miler! I have 14-hour work days the next few days, so unfortunately, I think working out will fall to the wayside. I need my sleep to be energized for the busy days.

  12. Great job! I’ve been loving this warm weather but then again I haven’t been running in it.

  13. jillconyers says:

    Nice 8 miler Kathryn! I’m so happy to be able to say I don’t struggle with balancing relaxation with training. I’m in a rhythm right now that is working and I’m doing all that is important to me, including relaxing.

  14. Jennifer says:

    Sometimes I have the urge to run outside and take advantage of this nice weather even though its my rest or strength day (like Monday). I know in the long run its probably good for my body to get the rest in. Impressive 8 miler!

  15. Great job on your training. That traffic looks terrible, I hate traffic.

  16. Of course, the one week we go away the weather is amazing! I hope it sticks around a little bit longer!!

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