Monday: 50 minute Easy Run - 3.71 miles
Tuesday: 35 minute Cross Training - Yoga Meltdown L1
Wednesday: 40 minute Tempo Run w/ Four Stride Drills - 3.87 miles
Thursday: 45 minute Run - 3.36 miles
Friday: 30 minute Cross Training - Yoga Meltdown L2
Sunday: 12 Mile Long Run
Wednesday I happened to be free to head to Fleet Feet for their Chick's Night Run. I am more of a morning runner, but knew I would have a good time if I ran with the group so waited until 6:30pm to head out. This weeks run was also sponsored by one of my favorite companies, Moving Comfort which was another reason to go. I had a tempo run planned and have found the group running environment makes me run with a little more pep in my step. I ran the designated out and back route and then ended with four stride drills. It was warm out, but I felt good throughout most of the run. I did notice some tightness in my upper back during mile three, but I think it was just stress related and went away after some arms shakes and a back stretch. I also ran without my iPod which was a nice change. Since the evening was sponsored by Moving Comfort we got to see the new Fall line, which is really cute. Everyone also walked away with a goodie bag.
I went out to run again Thursday morning before work around the neighborhood and went without headphones again. I decided to run without my usual knee straps, which was OK. I felt a little soreness when I stopped, but otherwise the run was good.
My back was still a little sore Friday so I did the Yoga Meltdown DVD, which helped stretched some of my muscles and it felt better afterwards.
At work this week while looking at next week's schedule I noticed that I was going to have four days off in a row and decided to check out flights to visit home in Florida. The prices were a bit more expensive than I have paid in the past, but I had it set in my mind that wanted to go home and bought the tickets. I had to get up at 3:30am on Saturday to get the early flight out of Chicago and back to Orlando. I slept a little on the plane, but was still pretty tired when I arrived. My long run is usually on Saturday, but it was already 90 degrees when I landed and I was tired so decided to push it to Sunday morning.
I got up around 5:20am Sunday to try and beat the heat since I had such a long run planned. I ate a small PBJ sandwich with crunchy peanut butter, which was pretty good, and cherry jam, which was just alright, and a glass of water.
As soon as I walked out of the door the humidity surrounded me. I started off slow and pretty much stayed slow the entire run. The combination of the heat, humidity, and my lack of sleep made for a very long and slow run. Since it was early I did get to see some creatures on my way out of the neighborhood including a large raccoon, a beagle, an opossum, a large owl, a hawk, a black cat, a fawn, two deer, cows, and two armadillos. The owl in particular was pretty cool to see up close.
The trail I took was pretty quiet and only saw about five other runners and some bikers while I was out. I brought along a bottle of G2 with some water mixed in, Honey Stinger chews, and a mini water bottle. I wish I would have brought more plain water because that is what I really wanted about halfway through as the temperature rose. It was just a really long run; it almost took me three hours. I was ready to be finished so when I had two miles left I picked up the pace a bit so I could just be finished. It wasn't my best run, but I was so happy to be done.
I also finished listening to We Bought a Zoo on my run. It was interesting to learn about how the Mee family ended up with the zoo and how they got it up and running. I think I liked the movie more, although the stories are a bit different.
Instead of having to run an out and back route I just ran out 12 miles and called my mom to pick me up after. I chugged a huge bottle of water as soon as she picked me up. I was so thirsty! After some stretching I sat in an ice bath to help my sore leg muscles. For breakfast I enjoyed a ton of raspberries and grapes, a toasted english muffin with butter, and spinach, cheese, tomato, scrambled eggs.
|Tired, but glad to have finished 12 miles.|