Weekly Wrap-Up: May 28-June 3

My parents are gone, and we had a good visit, but my wrap-up is late.

Now, in addition to my March wrap-up, April wrap-up, and Teal Diva 5K recap, I now have a May wrap-up that’s late. Sigh.

At least my running was fairly decent, even if the weather wasn’t for most of the week.

Weight Check: 172.5, up 1.3 pounds from last week. I love my parents, but I always end up eating more (and drinking more beer) when I’m around them. Once again, I’ll try to buckle down a bit this week.

This Week’s Runs
Day Scheduled Total Miles
Monday 5 miles easy plus strides 5.72
Tuesday 3 miles easy 3.11
Wednesday Progression Run: 2 miles easy, 2 miles moderate effort, last mile comfortably hard, tempo effort 5.01
Friday 3 miles easy 3.11
Saturday 10 miles easy 10.01

Total: 26.96 miles

I really need to start paying better attention to my totals so I don’t end up just a few hundredths of a mile short of the next whole number of miles.

Monday felt like a sauna. My legs were pretty tired. Somehow, I got through it, and even finished all 6 strides. I did need to walk a bit after the 3rd, 4th, and 5th stride, but I still managed to make the last stride my fastest one.

On Tuesday, all I can say is I survived. Miserable weather and tired legs. I did manage to push a little bit at the end, and I guess my legs got a little less tired later on.

Wednesday, the weather was still terrible. My legs felt a little tired at the beginning and they got better as I went on. I did feel a little bit of fatigue on the last mile, but that was understandable. Because the weather makes it difficult to measure easy, moderate, and comfortably hard effort, I just aimed for around 12:00/mile for the first two miles, around 11:00/mile for the next two, and 10:00 for the last one. Other than the first mile being a little slower than I’d like, I was pleased with my paces.

On Friday, it was still humid, but slightly less hot, 68 degrees. I think I got a psychological boost from seeing a temperature below 70. My legs felt OK. It was a pretty good, uneventful run.

Saturday, it was time to finally hit double digits. It was a couple of degrees cooler, but still humid. There was an occasional breeze, and the sun never broke through the clouds, so that helped. My legs felt OK for the most part, maybe just a little tired near the end. I stopped for water about once every mile, and had Gu just after the 5 mile mark. I avoided walking outside of my water/Gu breaks. I had enough left to push it on my last mile. Considering it was my longest run since my half marathon last December (and it was over 30 degrees warmer than on race day), I was pretty happy with it.

Next week, I have a hill workout on Global Running Day on Wednesday. I think that happened last year, too. That which does not kill me makes me stronger, right? I’m also on call for work, so we’ll see how my running schedule works out.