Well, the weekend was busy as usual, but fun-filled too!
Friday night we headed to the Kansas City Royals Game with some friends. It was so hot!! We were all a sweaty mess, but the Royals won so it was still a good time. I took pictures but haven’t had time to download them yet. We got home around 11pm, which meant we weren’t going to get much sleep. I was up at 5am the next morning for my long run.
So Saturday I completed another 8 mile run in the stifling heat and humidity. I got to wear my new Camelbak during my run though. I love this thing!! I bought the kind that goes around your waist vs. the backpack. I really love it! I think the backpack would have driven me crazy, but the waistpack is great! It was so nice to have water (well Gatorade) anytime I needed it. Last weekend on my 10 mile run I didn’t get any water until mile 6 and thought I was going to die. Last weekend I also tried to incorporate a walk/run strategy. I did 9 minutes of running and 1 minute of walking. It worked pretty well for about 5 or 6 miles, but then I totally bonked at the end. Running in this heat and humidity just really takes it out of you. This weekend I decided to opt for a 4 minute run/1 minute walk. It worked great. I was able to keep this up for 7 miles with no problem. My last mile had some major hills and I was tired, so I ended up walking a lot more that last mile, but overall I thought it worked well and I finished about 30 seconds per mile faster overall than during my 10 mile run – even with walking more. I think this might be the strategy I use for my marathon training.
|This is my new Camelbak....cute even :)|
Sunday, I got up for a long bike ride. It was overcast and gloomy and by the time I made it to the lake it was raining. I was riding alone. I almost thought about going home, but decided not to be a wuss. It was actually a beautiful morning. It was the first rain in at least 3 weeks. The sun was peaking through the clouds – it was gorgeous! It was also about 10 degrees cooler for a change too. The high yesterday was only in the low 90s vs the 100s and the humidity was a bit lower too. It rained on me several times during my ride, and both me and my bike were a dirty mess when I got home, but I still had an enjoyable ride and put in 33 miles.
|Just before my ride. Beautiful! Great pic even with a camera phone|
After my ride I met up with some girlfriends for a day at Oceans of Fun (a local water park). We had a blast. The rain finally moved out and the sun came out. It was perfect! It was nice to just relax by the pool and enjoy some sun and girl talk.
Overall, I have had some great training weeks over the last month. My last three weeks I put in 10 hours and 12 minutes, 10 hours and 21 minutes and 10 hours and 23 minutes of training per week! That’s a lot for me. This week I will scale back a bit. I have my next Sprint Triathlon on Saturday. Then the following week will be a bit of a recovery too as I will be on vacation. I am going to try to run and swim while on vacation, but biking will be limited. More on the vacation later!
I hope everyone had a great weekend too! What did you do this weekend?