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Week 2 of marathon training was just as, if not more, productive than week 1 was, even though my mileage total for the week was slightly less than my week 1 total. Despite being slowed way down and having to make adjustments due to the heat and humidity, I only took one rest day this past week.
Monday, June 12th
After work I headed out the door for my planned 45 minute long run. However, I faced the huge challenge of running on an afternoon when the heat and humidity were incredibly high, and we were under an air quality alert warning. I struggled during the entire run, and my body was never able to acclimate to the conditions, so at the 5k mark I decided to listen to my body and cut the run short. Since I had run on an out and back route, I had a lengthy 1.57 mile walk back home, but when I got home and was feeling the effects of running in high heat and humidity, I knew that I had made the right decision.
Tuesday, June 13th
Since it was another air quality alert day, I headed to the gym to workout in the comfort of the air conditioning. I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and followed my cross training workout up with 30 minutes of full body weight training.
Wednesday, June 14th
It was still incredibly hot and humid on Wednesday, and I didn’t want to make the same mistake that I did on Monday. So I instead opted to not do any cardio and did a 25 minute strength training workout in the basement while little man played with his toys.
Thursday, June 15th
Thursday was the first day of the week when there was finally a break in the heat and humidity. Heading out the door for a run with the temperature in the low 80s actually felt good compared to the temperatures earlier in the week. I even successfully completed an almost negative split run! (10:19, 10:16, 9:50, 10:08, 4:51 last 0.50 miles)
Friday, June 16th
Friday was graduation day for the high school that I work at, and this year graduation was held downtown at Constitution Hall. I opted to take the Metro to get there, which allowed me to also get a lot of extra walking in that day, though I have no idea how far I actually walked. After I got home, I took little man out for an over 2 mile walk.
Saturday, June 17th
Even though the temperature was in the low 70s during my long run, the humidity was brutal at 93%. Because Preston was out running errands, I had no choice but to complete my run with the stroller, which made running in the high humidity an extra challenge. I ended my 8 mile run completely soaked in sweat, so wet that I was able to wring water out of my tank top! Despite the fact that my average pace was much slower than it has been in over a year (11:04 minutes/mile), I was proud of myself for completing my planned run and not giving up.
Sunday, June 18th
Yesterday was my one and only rest day for the week. We were up in New Jersey with my in-law’s celebrating Father’s Day, and it was nice to be able to spend time with them without having to worry about getting a workout in.
Total Weekly Mileage – 22.86 miles (0.44 miles less than week 1)
Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 46.16 miles
QOTD: Have you ever had to cut a run short due to the weather?
I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up. I’m also linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap link up. Be sure to check out their posts as well.