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If I had to choose a theme song for this past week, it would be Buster Poindexter’s “Hot Hot Hot”. I’ve lost count of how many days in a row we’ve been under a heat advisory, and the high heat and humidity is forecasted to continue this week.
Although the extremely hot weather made it more challenging to get all of my workouts in, I somehow managed to workout every single day last week. I’m not sure that I’ve ever worked out seven days in a row before, but boy did it feel good to sweat everyday.
Monday, June 25th
After driving to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware that morning with little man and my sister, I decided that after sitting in the car for several hours to go for a powerwalk on the beach. Exercising in the sand is anything but easy, but it felt good to walk just over two miles barefoot in the sand.
Tuesday, June 26th
Since my sister was willing to hang out at the hotel with little man and help him eat breakfast, I was able to escape for a run. Despite having heavy legs as well as a huge blister on the bottom of one of my toes, there was no way that I could pass up the opportunity to run at the beach. After my run I completed a 1.63 mile walk.
After my run we checked out of the hotel, spent the rest of the morning at the beach, and then started the drive home at lunchtime. It was a short and sweet overnight trip to the beach, but any time with my toes in the sand is better than none at all. Sadly, during the drive home we had to drop my sister off at the airport. It was great to have her visit with us for a week and a half.
Wednesday, June 27th
Wednesday evening I met my husband in the parking lot at the gym after he was done with work for the day, where we passed off little man from one parent to the other so that I could get a gym workout in. I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and followed my cardio workout up with 30 minutes of full body weight training.
Thursday, June 28th
Little man joined me for a very hot Thursday evening run. Nothing about running with the stroller in 91 degree heat was easy, but I felt quite accomplished after running five miles.
Friday, June 29th
Little man and I kicked off our Friday with an early morning walk to the grocery store. Two and a half miles later we arrived back home with the bottom of the stroller filled with fresh food.
Saturday, June 30th
With a heat advisory in place, I knew that it would be essential to get out the door for my run as early as possible in order to avoid completing my long run on the treadmill. Despite getting out earlier than usual on a Saturday morning, it was already 81 degrees when I finished my 10 miles. I felt strong during the majority of my run, but the heat and hills definitely started taking their toll on me during the last three miles. I’m quite proud of the fact that my average pace for my run was 11:03, especially given how hot and humid it was that morning and the fact that this was my first double digit run since April. After my run I walked another mile to get back home.
Sunday, July 1st
I wanted to kick off the new month on a strong note, and did so off with a gym workout, which consisted of 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by 30 minutes of weight training.
Total Weekly Mileage – 32.56 miles (6.12 miles more than week 3)
Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 101.08 miles
QOTD: How hot is it in your area?