This was definitely a hard week for training. The humidity reached epic proportions, or felt like it did. I have successfully completed 2 weeks of running 6 days a week, with Wednesday being my rest day. I no longer think of Wednesday as hump day, instead it feels like a holiday 🙂
The summary of my training this week is as follows:
Monday 08/25/14 – 6 miles
Ran 6 miles solo before sunrise. Did not wear my watch. Definitely warm early in the morning. I ran this run pretty slow. In a way, it was a relief not to run fast.
Tuesday 08/26/14 – Track (8 X 600’s with 400 recovery) – 7 miles (1.5 mil warmup + 600s + cooldown)
Woke up at 3:30AM to go to the Allen High School track. What a warm and humid morning! Had a 7:30AM meeting at work, so I had knock out my workout early in the morning. Was surprised to already see 2 people at the track. Was difficult to estimate the 600’s (estimated as one 400 + one 200m). The goal was to finish each 600 in 2:44. Below were my splits
Was happy with the splits, and made it on time to work!
Wednesday 08/27/14 – Thank heavens! A rest day finally.
Thursday 08/28/14 – 6 mile tempo run (1.5 mi warmup + 6 mile tempo +1.5 cooldown) – goal was to hit a 8:23 pace on the 6 miles
What a great day for a run! The weather was fantastic! My splits were as follows
1.57 mile warmup @ 10:26 pace – solo
6 miles temp @ 8:20 pace – nailed it! – ran with Dunbar
1.43 mile cooldown @ 11:16 pace – cooldown with Dunbar.
Very happy with this workout!
Friday 08/29/14 – 7 miler
I was tired after yesterday’s tempo run. Ran with Dunbar. No watch on this run
Saturday 08/30/14 – 6.2 miles
Ran up Ridgeview Dr. with Dunbar. This was a great run. We ran fast. Again I wore no watch and ran by feel
Sunday 08/31/14 – 10 miles @9:24 avg pace
Ran a 5:45AM with Dunbar. It was way too humid and muggy. Ran with Dunbar the first 8 miles and had to drop him home. I drank some Tailwind, and then took off alone for the last two miles. I was happy to be done and cannot wait for the nice cool weather to come back. Happy to be done before 7:30AM
Total mileage for the week: 45.2 miles
Takeaways from Week 3:
The Brooks Hanson Training plan is not an easy plan. Running back to back runs and running 6 days a week is hard. This week I did a track workout and also a tempo run. It was quite challenging. Also the heat and humidity did not help matters.
I am hoping running becomes easier as the weather cools down. Overall I am still satisfied that I made it through this week.
Looking forward to starting week 4 tomorrow!