Week 22/52 of Training – 2015

I can’t believe it’s already June! Yet it will be in the 60s through Wednesday…but hey I’m not complaining. I’d rather 60 degree weather than 90 degree weather!

Here’s what I did last week + the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K quick reacp:

Monday: Off

Tuesday: 3 miles – hill intervals. It’s crazy how just doing a workout like 2-3 times results in improvements. This workout felt so much easier to me than the first time we did it. We did 6 repeats, about 1:30 minutes long, with easy jogs back down the hills. Plus a half mile warm up and cool down. Oh and we also practiced accelerating at the top of the hill instead of slowing down, which actually helped me throughout the hilly 10K in Central Park this past weekend.


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Wednesday: 4 mile recovery run. I hate recovery runs! I always feel so slow and like my legs are so heavy. I hate looking at my watch and seeing that “recovery pace.”

Thursday: 3 miles. It was really hot and humid this day so my mom and I did fartleks but with walk intervals in between. We’d pick it up for about a minute then walk for a minute. 

Friday: off

Saturday: UAE 10K.

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It was HOT. I think it was only 75 but there was 80% humidity. I do not do well with humidity. I already sweat a lot as it is, so when it’s humid it really slows me down, gets in my head, and also just makes it harder for me to breath (doctor said I have exercised induced asthma…my fault for not bringing my inhaler to this).

I felt fine until mile 3…so WAY early on I was done for haha. After that, I ran/walked pretty much the whole way. I’d find someone ahead of me and try to catch up to them. Once I did I would walk for a bit, then repeat. I kept trying to tell myself, “Your body feels fine. Your legs are fine. You’re just uncomfortable with the heat.” It was a struggle. Finished in 1:09, so I’ll take it.

At least we got a medal right?? :)

Came home, took a nap, then went to see Ed Sheeran with my sister! He was amazing. Now I can’t stop listening to him on Spotify. Has anyone else seen him live?


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Anyway, this week we are going to try to ramp up our miles since marathon training officially (technically) starts next week or the week after. Still trying to iron out my plan. Oh one last thing…if you’d like updates from me please consider signing up for my mailing list! I’m working on building it up, and plan on sending weekly/bi-weekly updates relating to health & fitness, and my own personal stories. Thanks in advance for signing up!

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Any other heavy sweaters our there? Tips for dealing with it and not feeling absolutely digusting? I’m talking like all of my clothes were sopping wet after the race and I felt sweat dripping everywhere. TMI but I need any tips I can get!


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  1. I seem to do okay in heat, I’m definitely slower but can tolerate heat more than cold! It’s all about staying hydrated (drinking at least a pint of water an hour before exercise and having sips throughout) for me.
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  2. This humidity has come on quickly here too. It takes me a few weeks to get used to it for sure.
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  3. I kind of like hill repeats. I try to do them slower coming in so I can accelerate to the top and then ease back down. Sweating? Have you thought about a small towel around your neck or in your pack?
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  4. Ugh! Dealing with sweaty, smelly clothes is the bane of my existence!
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  5. Super jealous of your 60 degree temps! That must be so lovely! We are in the 90s and I am struggling with the summer slowdown.

    Anyway, I just embrace the sweat. It’s gross but it means I’m working hard and somehow that makes me feel better about it. I generally bring a fresh shirt, some baby wipes, a travel deodorant and a towel to races so that I can kind of clean up if I plan on hanging out. But generally, runners know that runners sweat, and I don’t think anyone cares one little bit.

    Great week!
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    • I like the baby wipes idea! I don’t care what other people think in terms of my sweat, but when it’s really humid I just feel really overheated as I run and I think that is what leads me to think “I’m too tired to run,” and then I start walking.

  6. I’m a sweater also and so I always bring a change of clothes, dry shampoo, and wipes for after a race, especially if I’m going out to celebrate/eat. Otherwise, I just embrace the sweat – all runners sweat!
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    • I don’t mind the actual feeling of sweat while running, it’s just the feeling of overheating and being too hot and out of breath, and I think sweat exacerbates that…idk!

  7. I’m so ready for the heat. It’s been so cold this spring! Except for the day of my last half, it was unexpectedly hot and humid. Of course…
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  8. The heat and humidity got SO bad here in the last week…. I was so happy it finally broke when we got a thunderstorm. Now it’s nice and cool again. Perfect for running!
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  9. I can deal with heat too but darn the humidity!! and I am SUPER jealous of you seeing Ed Sheeran. I absolutely love him!
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  10. HUGE sweater here but no remedies. it is out of control. my runs were such a struggle this week so i hear ya, girl!
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  11. The heat has been hard for running but I am trying to acclimate since I am relocating to Tampa Bay in August. Heat and humidity, here I come!
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  12. Its supposed to cool down here over the next couple of days. I’m definitely looking forward to a break from the heat and humidity!
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  13. I do ok in the heat. I think staying hydrated is a good way to combat feeling awful from the humidity.
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  14. I’m ok in the heat but the humidity is tough when you have asthma. Great training week.
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  15. I am a heavy sweater here too… and am not looking forward to the midwest humidity that will come when the temperatures warm up.
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  16. I actually love hill repeats! Even though they are hard I always feel so accomplished when they are done!
    So jealous that you saw Ed Sheeran! I love his music!
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