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The summer heat and humidity was most certainly present last week. Like always, summer running was a challenge, and last week certainly tested both my physical and mental strength to push forward despite high heat and humidity.
Monday, July 9th
I kicked off the week with a walk to and from two different playgrounds with little man. Altogether I walked just over two miles. That evening I headed to the gym for cross and strength training. I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and then did 40 minutes of full body weight training.
Tuesday, July 10th
Tuesday morning little man and I headed out the door for a stroller run. The morning humidity made it extra challenging, and while running up a hill at the 4.15 mile mark I told myself that I was done. After calling it quits with my run I walked another 1.52 miles.
Wednesday, July 11th
Little man and I started our day off with a walk to the grocery store. He loves being able to push the little shopping cart around the store and by us going early in the day it helps with preventing having him run into anybody with his cart. We returned home with the stroller loaded up with our purchases. Our round trip mileage was just over two and a half miles.
Thursday, July 12th
Thursday morning was the first time all week when I finally felt a break in the morning heat and humidity. Even after running 5.25 miles with the stroller I felt like I could have pushed myself to keep running, except that little man and I had to get to the library for toddler story time.
Friday, July 13th
Knowing that I had a double digit run the next day I opted to take a full rest day in order to allow my body to rest up for the challenge that I knew that the long run would prove to be.
Saturday, July 14th
Hills plus wind made for an incredibly challenging long run. I opted to run on one of my go to out and back long run routes that has several grocery stores, fast food restaurants, and convenience stores along it so that should I have needed more water than I left home with that I’d have options available. The one downside to this route is that it is incredibly hilly. My average pace was much slower than I would have liked, and got slower the further that I ran, but I didn’t give up and that’s what is most important. After running 12 miles I completed a 0.76 mile cool down walk.
Sunday, July 15th
A busy day filled with lots of errands and family time resulted in an unplanned rest day. It happens.
Total Weekly Mileage – 31.09 miles (7.75 miles more than week 5)
Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 155.51 miles
QOTD: Do you ever walk to complete your errands?