Today's 9 mile run followed a few minutes of a HIIT workout, a good warm-up, and came before a 30 minute bike ride - a good cool-down!
Running in the Heat
Before my workout, I ate cold oatmeal mixed with coffee. I made it last night and put it in the refrigerator so that I could have a cold breakfast on this warm and humid morning. Last week, I forgot to do that and my hot oatmeal and hot coffee had me sweating even before I went outside. That's just part of life when you live in a humid location like I do, north of Houston. Hot summer runs may make us slower, but they make us stronger, too!
I woke up without an alarm at 4:30 today. That's good! When I start my run in the dark, I'm thankful later when the hot sun comes out. I got to see the pink clouds when the sun came up. Not only that, but I saw 16 deer. I was happy just to see the first two deer, but once I got to 16 I was hoping for an even 20.
40 Miles of Running this Week!
Speaking of even, I got in an even 40 miles this week. I'm on my way to running 2,016 miles this year with 1,220 miles so far. Running 2,016 miles in 2016 is a fun challenge. What challenges are you going for this year?
My Workouts This Week
Sunday: 5 mile easy run at 6am, Active Recovery Routine Video
Monday: 16 mile run at 4:30am; 30 minutes before run: oatmeal and coffee, During run: Limeade w/salt added, 2 Fig Newtons and salted diced potatoes; exhausted from heat at mile 14; probably should have had more, but it was so hot that I didn't feel like it
Wednesday: Stabilization and Strength for Master’s Runners, 5 mile run at 4am: 5 x (6 min hard effort/3 min easy)
Thursday: 1 hr. bike ride
Friday: 5 miles at 4am
Saturday: Some of a HIIT Video, 9 mile run at 5:30am, 30 min. bike ride
Running miles: 40
Bike: 1 hour
Other Exercises: 3 times
5 Favorite Links of the Week
Does Better Fat-Burning Give Women a Marathon Edge? The ability of women to not slow down as much as men may have more to do with our optimism.
How Kaci Lickteig Won Western States - Smile, smile, smile some more!
Winner of Western States 100 Mile Race: Kaci's Race Recap - Third time's a charm!
Joelle Vaught Sets a New Zion Traverse Fastest Known Time - I'd love to do this Utah run!
Run 2,016 miles in 2016 - There's even a group you could join for support.