I am so ready for fall weather, but the humidity is hanging around and prolonging summer running conditions. This week it seemed particularly bad. Even my early morning dog walks felt miserable. After walking for a mile in the oppressive humidity, I was glad to have the option of running on my treadmill in our cool basement.
(Fit Stanley on my treadmill!)
Even so, it was a rough week for motivation. I had to put in extra-long hours at work which robbed me of relaxation time and led me to skimp on sleep. Still, with the Army Ten Miler on my calendar, I stuck with my workout plan.
Monday: Strength Routine
I did my full strength routine, with a total plank time of 10:30 and three sets of 12-15 reps of different strength moves.
Tuesday: Hill Intervals (Level 5)
I did the hill interval program on my treadmill. Out of 45 minutes, there is a 8 minute warm-up, 32 minutes of 1/1 hill/recovery intervals, and a 5 minute cool-down, followed by a 5 minute walking cool-down.
Wednesday: Strength Routine
I did the same strength routine as Monday.
Thursday: Treadmill Tempo Run (Level 3)
I chose the random program on my treadmill for 45 minutes (plus the 5 minute walking cool down). After a few minutes warming up, I ran @ 6.3 mph, and covered 4.5 miles running.
Friday: Planks & Yoga
I decided to give my legs a break before my long run, so I did my plank routine and then the Forward Bends program on my Rodney Yee DVD.
Saturday: 8 Mile Run
I ad-libbed a new 8 mile route around my neighborhood, and managed to cover 8.15 hilly miles in about 1 hour and 20 minutes (an average 9:40 min/mile pace). The humidity wasn’t quite as oppressive as it had been earlier in the week, but there was no cool crispness in the air.
It looks like our weather is going to get better this week.
I guess I’ll be trying out the hotel gym!
Has your weather changed yet?