It’s Monday. It’s a very Monday Monday, actually. Fall weather is here though, so how bad can this Monday be? We’ve waited a long time for this moment. You now have my blessing to bust out the pumpkin things (I had my first pumpkin beer last night!).
My week in training was pretty productive! I skipped the track, but I made up for it with solid overall efforts on some hot and miserable days. I think 72 degrees with 92% humidity is my least favorite weather. Gross.
Monday was a 5 miler that looked pretty easy on paper, but wasn’t. That’s the weather for ya.
Tuesday was ANOTHER 5 miler, but a little faster and a little hillier. I just wasn’t feeling the track. I’ll get it this week though. 🙂
Wednesday was lifting day and Thursday was supposed to be Tempo Thursday, but I just didn’t feel like running in the awful heat anymore and I saw fall weather in the forecast, so I rested an extra day and moved the run to Friday.
Friday came and it was still hot. Boooooo. I ended up running 6 miles of not too easy, not too tough. It was definitely not a tempo though.
On Saturday, the fall weather came! I ran 12 miles and they felt spectacular. There was even a negative split and we ALL like those.
Sunday I put in another 5 miles and they were HILLY. I had some dead legs when it was all over. The week wore me out.
I’m still pretty worn out today and I might go ahead and skip my run. You can do that, you know.
Running hills is an acquired taste, that’s for sure. I think they do a ton of good though. For me, the key is to push up the hills without ever pushing too hard to the point where you lose something. It’s weird, but there’s a point where you can run the hill and then get completely back to normal once you’ve climbed it. Beyond that point, you’re left with burned out lungs or dead legs. Find the sweet spot.
I’m seriously going to run more hills this fall/winter. I think I’m starting to like it.