Holy smokes. What a weekend. I just wrapped up my highest mileage week in this training cycle and I’m not going to lie…I feel beat. The heat and humidity over the last few days has been absolutely insane, making my runs a lot more challenging than usual. I got all the miles in though, along with four additional workouts. I call that a win, even though it didn’t feel like I was winning on most days!
Monday: 3.33 miles @ 8:11/mile with Equinox Run Club
Tuesday: 6.10 miles @ 9:20/mile + BBG Cardio
Thursday: 6.12 miles @ 9:22/mile + adidas #HereToCreate workout
Friday: 6.23 miles @ 9:14/mile + BBG Arms & Abs
Saturday: 20 miles @ 9:18/mile
Sunday: 6.22 miles @ 9:36/mile + BBG Full Body Workout (only 2 rounds instead of 4 -> too sore!)
TOTAL: 48 miles EVEN (<- I know this will make Suzy happy)
Saturday’s long run was absolutely killer. We knew it was going to be crazy hot so just like last time, we planned to set out pretty early. I was at Jonathan’s by 6:30am and we drove over to meet everyone else by 7am. It was already too hot at this point and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Running 20 miles is already no joke. Factor in 30*C and crazy humidity…we were in for some really hard work.
I wore my Salomon hydration pack because I knew I would need all the water I could get. I filled up my bottles twice so I drank a total of SIX over the 20 miles. I am usually not a big drinker when I run so this was a big deal. I hate the feeling of water sloshing around in my stomach and do a pretty bad job at hydrating while I’m moving but Saturday left me with no choice. I still felt like I didn’t drink enough by the time we were done.
We did make a few stops at water fountains, for a few photos, and even just to stand in the shade for a minute. The last few miles were really hard and we were just doing what we could to get to the end. Thanks to Jonathan (again) for not letting me fall too far behind. I would have definitely called it quits if I attempted to do this run solo.
The first thing I did when I finished was change my clothes! I cannot stand to stay in wet running clothes so I always bring a towel and head over to the woods near the parking lot to change. Trees make fabulous hangers. Just a tip: never throw your sweaty clothes in the same bag if they are different colours. My pink shorts had grey marks ALL OVER THEM when I took them out of my bag. I thought they’d be stained forever but surprisingly, they came out looking good as new after a wash.
We headed over to Starbucks to grab a quick smoothie to hold us over. I got the orange mango banana with soy milk (and no whey). Could not inhale it fast enough.
Once I got home, I showered, sat in bed for about an hour and then got hungry again. Part of me felt like I should grab something unhealthy because I “deserved” it…but another part of me thought maybe it was a good idea if I fed my body the nutrients it needed to recover. I just threw everything I had in the fridge into a bowl and it turned out to be a pretty decent salad. Toasted sourdough on the side…because carbs.
Did some cleaning, grocery shopping, blog work, and called it a day.
It doesn’t look like temps are going to drop anytime soon…so (I think) I’m ready for another week of hot workouts!!