Another month of daily running complete! Here are the highlights: — 🔸New 4-mile PR in 26:27 🔸New 1-mile PR in 6:01 🔸Running every day (139-day streak) 🔸Lots of hill workouts! 🔸Strength training twice per week — I’ve started to acclimate to the heat & humidity, although it’s still way harder than running in cool weather. I think my fitness is in a great spot right now and I’d love to hang onto it for when real races return. But you cannot always be in peak condition so I will probably back off a little in June and July.
Long run success! I might finally be getting used to the warm, humid weather. I’m still nowhere near the 8:00 pace I typically average on long runs, but that’s by design. I intentionally don’t push it as much in the summer because that tends to weaken my immune system. — Splits: 9:08, 8:50, 8:46, 8:41, 8:41, 8:35, 8:31, 8:28, 8:25, 8:23, 8:15, 8:19, 8:16, 8:11. — I felt sluggish and tired for the first 6 miles but then I really perked up. Could have been a mental thing or the fact that the sun burned off some of the humidity and I was shaded. — A new running outfit always helps motivate me too! Tonight will be our first dinner out in almost 3 months! And tomorrow I will get a much-needed massage. 😀😀😀
The Boston Marathon, originally rescheduled for September, has been canceled.🚫🦄🚫 — I was not planning on running the race in September due to travel conflicts and health issues relating to the heat, but I feel badly for those who were planning to run it. — Although I’ve learned not to speculate, I am interested in the long-term plan for 2021 and beyond. There are no guarantees of herd immunity or a vaccine, so what do we do? How do we determine what’s safe when the experts disagree? If it’s not 100% safe, how much risk are we comfortable with? — What do you think needs to happen for races to return? 💙💛💙💛
Track workout! You are seeing the “before” photo, as the actual workout featured a torrential downpour and winds! It was 71 degrees, crazy humid and the rain felt good until my shoes were entirely soaked through and felt like heavy weights! — I’m wearing an ice shirt from @icerunningapparel to stay cool. Check out my story to see how it works. There are 7 ice compartments and they each hold 2-3 cubes. I filled up the shirt with ice before my warm up and then replenished the ice before starting the actual workout. — 4 x 1000m with 200m recovery jogs: ▪️4:17 (6:54) ▪️4:16 (6:52) ▪️4:14 (6:49) ▪️4:15 (6:50) 200m, 300m, 400m, 600m: all with equal distance recovery jogs: ▪️0:42 (5:38) ▪️1:07 (5:59) ▪️1:34 (6:16) ▪️2:24 (6:26) — These paces are about 20 seconds per mile slower than I would typically be running, but I paced it for the conditions I was given! — The ice shirt kept me nice and cool but I had to ditch it half way through after the rain soaked it. The shirt will definitely get wet because of the ice, but not to the extent where it’s 100% soaked. I’m definitely going to wear this top again on hot days. — I’m pleased with how I got through this workout and adjusted my paces for the heat, humidity, wind, and rain.
Let’s talk sports bra running. I’ve received some messages about running in just a sports bra instead of a tank or t-shirt. A sports bra alone is far more comfortable than wearing another layer when it’s hot and humid, but many women prefer to be more covered. In my experience, that extra layer gets wet and sticks to me and isn’t as breathable as bare skin. — You may have no desire to run in a sports bra only. And that’s ok! There are so many great running tops out there that wick away sweat and are comfy. But if you WANT to run in a sports bra, but are worried about how you might be perceived, then I encourage you to free yourself! 😀 — It’s hot. It’s humid. You’re out there working hard. You deserve to be comfortable, whatever that means to you. If you’ve never tried it, go for a short run and see how you feel, both physically and mentally. It may feel liberating! — I’m not a fan of summer running but the ability to run with minimal fabric around me makes it tolerable. — This is the Brooks Dare Scoopback Sports Bra from @roadrunnersports and the R-Gear Outpace shorts. They look so cute together. The shorts have pockets and are as light as a feather. Also, @roadrunnersports is giving away a free pair of shoes every Friday! Just post about why you are thankful for running and use #thankgoodnessforrunning to enter.
Things felt good today! I ran 10 minutes longer than prescribed to take advantage of the nicer weather and the fact that I felt strong. I’m trying to achieve the Strava Run Climbing Challenge for May so I made sure to run over some big hills. I don’t know if I will meet the elevation goal for the month but I will try! — After my mile time trial yesterday I did an hour long strength training session. It was hard and I expected to be really sore today but I was not! I guess this means my body is adapting to the exercises. — It was nice to enjoy some tunes on this run and clear my mind. — Next up is the Run With Stride Virtual 5K on Global Running Day, June 3rd. You get a shirt and a medal and part of the entry fee goes to Feeding America. Check out @roadrunnersports for more info.