Last week was spring break. We went to Naples, FL to visit the in-laws and stay in their beautiful condo.
Check out this ocean view... Gorgeous.
I had a 55-mile week planned. My long run of 20-miles was first up on Sunday (we arrived Sat. night).
HOLY HUMIDITY HELL.
This girl is *not* used to that anymore. While I've lived in high humidity places before (Ohio River Valley, Florida, Texas), I have long forgotten what it's like, nor did I train for marathons in these places.
It was hard to breath when I started. The air was so thick and moist! I didn't think I was going to make it those first couple of miles. I settled into my groove, took in the beautiful scenery and ended up completing my run around 8:47P, which is pretty much what I had planned to do. My long run goal pace for this cycle is 8:40-8:45ish. Or pretty much anything below 9:00P works, really.
By Thursday, I was DONE. I did easy on Monday, a solid speed workout on Tuesday (2 X 2 miles), easy on Wed. and then I woke up Thursday morning and both my body and mind said, "11 miles is NOT happening today. Sorry."
Could it be because of this the day prior?
Yes. That is 3 pounds of ice cream topped with peanut butter sauce and a ramekin of hot fudge on the side. I ate 90% of it. My husband ate the other 10%. I am DISGUSTING.
The combination of the world's largest sundae, the heat/humidity, and 4 nights of sharing a bed with 2 little munchkins who kicked me and screamed out at all hours of the night (3-bedroom condo) finally did me in. I skipped my first run of this training cycle. Felt guilty but it is what it is, and my coach actually gave me a, "Good for you!" so I felt better when all was said and done.
Pasadena is 6 weeks away, and I'm feeling a bit tired already. I did have a pretty solid long run today (18.55 miles @ 8:36P), so I'm feeling encouraged that my body is going to be able to hold up for 42 more days. I DEFINITELY need to get back to the gym, however, because I do notice that I'm feeling rickety (knees, hips). I have completely neglected weight training for a good month now.
I also need to really watch my diet (no more Chevy Suburban-sized sundaes) and start logging more hours in the sack. This next week will have me peaking at my highest mileage ever--60 miles! Yikes!
Hope everyone had a lovely Easter today. We made it through Mass with no major behavior issues and even managed to have a decent family photo taken before we walked into church. SCORE!!!
Betcha didn't know I was wearing compression shorts underneath my dress. Now you do! Bahahaha!