The theme of most of this past week: rainy, cloudy, and dreary. Much like last week, it was difficult to get outside much to exercise because the weather just wasn’t cooperative. There were several days where I intended to come home from work and take little man for a walk while Preston eitherwent to the gym or was stuck in traffic coming home from work. A couple of evenings involved thunderstorm warnings, and while I might be crazy enough to brave the weather, I don’t want to risk little man’s health and safety by taking him out in the rain. Although I didn’t get in as much cross training as I would have liked (I’m trying to up my cross training and strength training this month), all I can ask of myself is that I’m doing the best I can. Nobody can control the weather.
By Saturday, we finally had gorgeous weather. It was still overcast Saturday morning, and since I was longing to see the sun I delayed my 12 mile run til the afternoon. I was so happy that I delayed it, because although it was warmer by the afternoon, being outside running for over two hours was definitely more enjoyable by being able to enjoy sunny skies while I ran. As for how my run went, I felt very strong during the first 8 miles, and was able to maintain a sub 11:00 min/mile pace. But then I approached the steepest hill of Saturday’s route, the hill got the best of me. I had to do a little bit of extra walking after getting up the hill, which slowed me down, and I never quite recovered from it. I also had to make a pit stop inside of one of our local grocery stores around mile 10, and although my Garmin initially auto paused while I was inside, it auto resumed and I didn’t realize it until a couple of minutes had passed by. Once I got back outside my pace remained slow, and I was never able to fully recover from stopping. But I finished all 12 miles at an average pace of 11:06, so I can’t be too disappointed in how my run went.
On Sunday, we took full advantage of the gorgeous weather. After church and Mother’s Day lunch, we took both our dog Riley and little man for an almost hour long walk around the neighborhood. The walk resulted in a very tired doggie and a nice long nap during our walk for little man. And Preston and I got to enjoy the beautiful weather after being cooped up inside for most of the week. It was a win-win situation for all four of us.
There is more rain in the forecast for this coming week, so all I can hope for is the best when it comes to the weather. We’ll see how the weather pans out and what I’m able to accomplish. Its also going to be another busy week (little man and I each have a doctor’s appointment, plus my AP World students take the AP exam Thursday morning), so all I can do is have high goals and do my best in terms of achieving them.
Mon 5/2 – 20 minutes of strength training (lower body and abs)
Tues 5/3 – 3.55 mile run, 0.36 mile cool down walk
Wed 5/4 – Rest day
Thurs 5/5 – 3.10 mile run on the treadmill, 0.40 mile cool down walk, 30 minutes of weight training (lower body and abs)
Fri 5/6 – Rest day
Sat 5/7 – 12.00 mile run, 0.45 mile cool down walk
Sun 5/8 – 3.43 mile walk
Total Weekly Mileage – 23.29 miles (12.89 miles more than week 13)
Total ZOOMA Mileage – 228.05 miles
With four weeks of training left, will I be able to hit my first 300 mile half marathon training cycle ever?!? I only have one more double digit long run planned between now and ZOOMA Annapolis in four weeks, so only time will tell!
QOTD: How do you work around unfavorable weather?