Since switching to Runkeeper from MapMyRun, I have fallen out of the habit of sharing my splits in these weekly workout recap posts. Runkeeper is awesome and I definitely like it more than MapMyRun but their screen for splits isn’t as screenshot friendly.
This has worked out just fine for me lately as my pace has pretty much meant nothing to me this summer to the point where I barely even stop to look at the splits screen when I finish my runs.
The heat and humidity have both been relentless these past few weeks that I find myself lucky to have been able to run outdoors at all, let alone care about how fast I am moving. Most of my runs this summer have been all about effort levels over watching my pace which I believe is more important for me when the weather is challenging.
In the next few weeks as the weather slowly cools down and I settle into training for the NYCRuns Falling Leaves Half Marathon, I will start to pay attention again to my pace for certain runs and do a better job at reporting my splits.
Monday – 7 hot miles & Pure Barre
They said the heat wave ended Sunday night but it was still very hot and humid early in the morning! I wanted to run longer but by the hour mark, I was feeling a bit nauseous out there so I headed home for a quick set of Pure Barre Tone in 10.
Pure Barre Tone in 10 combo:
- Thighs & Seat
- Arms & Abs
Tuesday – 10 Miles
2 mile warm up + 6 miles of fartleks + 2 mile cool down
I am loving fartleks this summer. I speed up and slow down as I feel like it which is perfect for summer weather running. No pressure or focus on time, pace or distance.
Wednesday – Pure Barre Mile High Series & 5 Easy Miles
I barely remember running these miles which I guess is a good thing. No news is good news.
Thursday – Yoga & 8 Miles
2 mile warm up + 2 miles increased effort + 4 miles alternating .50 easy/.50 effort
This was a great run but I was tired the rest of the day. I don’t know if it was from the run or just a lingering fatigue that I realized I was feeling all week.
Friday – Pure Barre (rest day from running)
Thursday’s exhaustion was not like me at all. I wasn’t sick but I was to the bone tired so even though I woke up feeling much better today, I knew I needed the day off from running.
Running a few easy miles as I normally do on a Friday morning seemed pointless in the grand scheme of things. It made more sense to skip the run and feel fresh for Saturday’s long run rather than push myself and possibly feel fatigued for future workouts.
I have been meaning to switch my rest day from running from Sunday to Friday so this became the perfect time to experiment with the change.
My favorite Pure Barre online workout with feature focus on thighs was enough to get me moving without sweating. I usually use 5 lb free weights for Pure Barre but dropped down to the 3 lb weights to keep the workout on the lighter side.
Saturday – 13 Miles
Yesterday’s break from running was super smart as I had extra pop in my step for this run. I realized I felt better than I have in a while out there so I like to think the rest day from running combined with lowered humidity helped move me along at a comfortably quick pace.
I even remembered to check my pace at the end of the run to see I averaged 8:45 overall.
My fastest split was mile 11 @ 7:53.
Sunday – Short, easy run
I plan to head outside for a few easy miles. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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Has it cooled down at all where you live?
Is today a rest day or a run day for you?
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