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Boy am I glad that this past week was a cut back week. We were under Heat Advisories here in the D.C. area multiple days in a row, including during the weekend, which made for an incredibly challenging week of working out.
Monday, July 17th
My body was still tired, and my feet and calves were still incredibly sore, from last Saturday’s 14 miler and my friend’s wedding. So instead of doing my first run of the week, I decided to take another rest day from running, and opted for an easier workout at the gym instead, where I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes doing weight training.
Tuesday, July 18th
My body was finally feeling a bit better Tuesday morning when I headed out for my run with little man. The heat and humidity were already in full force at 8:00 in the morning when we headed out, and the difficult stroller run unfortunately set the tone for the rest of my running last week. After completing my 5 mile run I walked another 1.76 miles, which was a welcome workout after completing a mentally and physically challenging run.
Wednesday, July 19th
Sore muscles + lots of playtime with little man = an unplanned rest day. I took him to an indoor play place on Wednesday, and his smiles while we played together were well worth taking a rest day.
Thursday, July 20th
Little man and I kicked off the day with a walk to the grocery store. Our round trip mileage was 2.63 miles. Because of the high heat and humidity, and the heat advisory, I opted to complete my run on the treadmill Thursday evening as opposed to running outside. I attempted to do a 5 mile progression run, but around the end of the 4th mile I started to feel dizzy, so I decided to cut my run short. Better safe than sorry, especially with the heat outside.
Friday, July 21st
Preston was off from work on Friday, so we decided to kick off the day with a family walk. We walked just under 3 miles, and afterwards I did a 35 minute full body strength training workout.
Saturday, July 22nd
I had been looking forward to a slightly shorter long run, and had 10 miles on tap for the day. Unfortunately from the moment that I started my run, my legs felt heavy and I struggled with the effects of the heat and humidity. Although I chose to run on a fairly shaded route, it was also quite hilly, which made dealing with the heat and humidity extra challenging. There were several times when I wanted to give up, but I wouldn’t let myself stop. I did wind up taking some extra walk breaks during the last four miles, but the important thing is that I didn’t cut my run short, and still ran all 10 miles that were on my training plan.
Sunday, July 23rd
Between being exhausted from my long run and battling a migraine for most of the day, my body had been screaming for complete rest, which is exactly what I gave it.
Total Weekly Mileage – 29.80 miles (1.39 miles less than week 6)
Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 192.16 miles
QOTD: How do you adjust your workouts to accommodate for high heat and/or humidity?
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.