Guys (or should I say gals?), I’m tired. The “Is-6:30-too-early-for-bed?” kind of tired, but not extreme-exhaustion tired. I had a long & busy week at work last week followed by a hard weekend of training. I found some time to unwind and relax on Saturday, but at this point in training weekends feel so short. I am savoring my Tuesday rest day and enjoying the extra hour+ of sleep I get that morning. I got to sleep in until 6 on Sunday which was so late for me, it was really exciting.
On a positive note, this week was better than last week both in training and in weather. We’re starting to have hints of fall weather here and there which is helping to balance out the hot/humid days. Sunday we actually had the air conditioner off all day which was amazing. By mid-morning the humidity had burned off and there was a nice breeze.
My long runs are getting really long which is making both Sunday and Monday challenging training days. Sunday morning I am letting my legs dictate the pace instead of my heart rate. I still make sure my heart rate stays in control, but if my legs are dictating a pace that has my heart rate very low then I just follow my legs.
This Sunday’s strength class was a ladder workout and my body did not want to do burpees. I feel bummed out when I don’t have the energy to push myself during class, but I have been trying to keep in mind that I need to pay attention to my fatigue and get what I can out of class without over doing it. This week our local New Balance rep came to class and let us try out shoes during the workout. I had recently tried the same pair on when purchasing new running shoes and they didn’t make the cut, but I did like them for cross training. I don’t have the budget for extra shoes right now, but I’ll keep them in mind for the winter cross training.
Since Sunday was such a beautiful day, I took a short nap and then we took the dogs downtown to the Sunday market. There wasn’t much going on there so we took them to the riverfront for a little while. It was nice to be outside and not sweating while sitting on a bench. It was also the first time we’ve taken the dogs downtown!
This upcoming weekend I’m running a half marathon. The race will serve as my long run for the week, but I won’t be tapering for it. My mileage will be cut back a little for week 12 because of my long run being the half, but the intensity of some of my runs will be more than usual. I don’t have an specific goals for this race, but I am looking forward to racing for the first time since June!