Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Recovery Run and Training Contemplations

I had hoped to do something longer today. Despite a long day of teacher workshop stuff followed by cross country practice, I was actually feeling relatively energetic. However, once I started my run after all of that was over it became obvious that it wasn't in the cards.

My legs felt really heavy. I figured things would get at least a little better during the run which turned out to be the case, so I was able to avoid the temptation of cutting the run even shorter and still get in seven easy miles. Just chalking it up as a recovery run, is all.

Reason why the legs felt like concrete was pretty obvious... hard workouts in heat/humidity really put a lot more strain on the body. I've noticed it a lot this summer, which seems to have been especially humid.

I've been kind of bummed about how my training has been going this summer, but after a bit of a more open-minded review, it really hasn't been as bad as I've been making it out to be. I've definitely got in more mileage than last summer, and I ended up PR-ing at the MDI Marathon last year. Speedwork has been comparable, if not a little better. I think with some finishing touches on speed these next handful of weeks and overall it will definitely be a decent cut above. The Bradbury Bruiser will also serve as a great workout, obviously. Onward and upward.

Ran 7.2 miles @ 8:33/mile pace.
Paved roads.
Slightly hilly.
Mid 70s, sunny.
Saucony Kinvara 3, shorts, short sleeved shirt, handheld bottle (Gatorade).


Jeremy Bonnett said...

I have a new respect for marathon training!

Jamie said...

And it shall pay off for you in a month, my friend!

Judson Cake said...

Hopefully we get some cool weather in the fall and lots of snow this winter.

This summer as indeed been one of the most hot and humid ones I remember.