I am so happy week 8 is over. I thought running in St. Thomas would be really nice and peaceful, it proved to be the exact opposite. Seven days of runnings hills really took a toll on my body. If I ever have to run in St. Thomas again it will be to soon!
Monday: 1 Mile (Pace 8:03)
It wasn’t in the cards, I couldn’t run in St. Thomas again. Early in the morning I decided I would run once I got back home. I couldn’t take another run on the mountain. I knew I would be tired after a day of traveling but would rather do that than run on the island again. Once we arrived at BWI it was late, our flights had been delayed. When I got home it was raining out but I didn’t care I was looking forward to running on flat ground, I thought about going further but it had been a long day of travel and as much as I enjoyed running this evening I wanted to get to sleep! It is good to be back!!!
Tuesday: 9 Miles (Pace 8:11)
Okay, now back to my training plan! Normally, I’m not a fan of mid-distance runs during the week but today I was looking forward to running on terrain that didn’t have 20% inclines! My friend Cat and I met at along the waterfront and ran about 4 miles together. She was doing a tempo run, which I didn’t know before we started and the first four miles were faster than I would have liked to start out, but it was good to push the pace. She ran home after our four together, it was actually five for her, she had to pack for a trip. I thought about continuing my run back home but that wouldn’t have gotten me to nine and I would have had to loop the neighborhood. I didn’t really feel like doing that, it was still early evening so I decided to head towards the harbor and turn around when I felt like it. I ran along the promenade all the way to Harbor East. I looped Harbor East and headed back towards Canton. I had slowed my pace down some, it was pretty humid out. I hit nine miles along Boston St. near the Safeway, it was a great run. I walked around a little to cool down and then called an Uber to take me home. I have really become a fan of Uber I like it because I’m not forced to run in a circle and come back to the same place, I can do an out-and-back run and get a ride home when I’m done. If you haven’t tried it I would recommend you do! Use my promo code for a free ride davidj3146ue
Wednesday: 4.1 Miles (Pace 8:12)
I was a bit sore after yesterday’s run, I think my body is still recovering from last week. I did some stretching through the day and put on some Arnicare cream which really helps! I recommend it for any type of pain you are having. I went to an early dinner with a friend and ran afterwards. I waited for the sun to start to go down, the evening air was cooler than it has been recently. It took me a little while to get into a rhythm, but when I did the run felt smooth. I thought about going further but decided to stick to the plan for today.
Thursday: 3.1 Miles (Pace 7:50)
My right foot was bothering me most of the day, it was the side of my foot; not much I could do in the way of stretching. I waited again till the sun was setting to run, the air was unusually cool for an August evening. As I started to run, I wanted to focus on my form. I could tell it was a bit off the past few runs. I took the first mile easy, focusing on my stride, core, hip rotation, breathing, getting into the groove. The first mile was 8:30. Today was suppose to be an interval workout but I’m going to do hills tomorrow, so I thought I would do a mini tempo run. The second mile I felt like everything was falling into place from my foot strike to my arm swing. I clocked mile two at 7:50. I wanted to have negative splits for the run and was feeling strong, I pushed a little bit more in the final leg and put down a 7:21 mile. I was really happy with the run, not because of the negative splits but with how I was able to focus on my form and make some corrections.
Friday: 1 Mile (Pace 8:27)
The plan was to run with November Project, the plan did not happen. I didn’t sleep all that well, I was tossing and turning most of the night and when I woke up I could tell I was really dehydrated. Opting for a better run later in the day I didn’t go to November Project. Through the day I was pretty sore and my training plan did call for today to be a rest day so I decided to only run a mile.
Saturday: 1 Mile (Pace 7:50)
I felt much better today and thought about moving my long run to today. I thought another day of rest which my plan called for would be good. I did a loop around my neighborhood and pushed the pace a bit. I think my body is still recovering from Week 8, it was a rough week last week.
Sunday: 10 Miles (Pace 8:46)
Normally I like to do my long runs early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the heat of the day. My friend Kristen couldn’t run until 1000 hrs, we actually started at 1030 hrs. It was already heating up for the day. We planned to do 13 miles, but by 5 miles I knew I didn’t have it in me. The heat was brutal and there was not a lot of shade where we were running. We stopped and got some water. We decided to start to make our way back. While I was running I looked down and could see the salt just ‘pouring’ off of my legs with the sweat. I was loosing fluids fast. We stopped at a ground fountain in the harbor that shoots water into the air. We walked through it to cool off and it helped. We were both exhausted when we got back to her house. We met up with our other friend Ben and after showering then went to the pool for a few hours. All the sun really zapped my energy. Though it wasn’t a perfect week, it was much better than last! Long runs must be done early in the summer!
Total Miles : 29.2
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