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I’ve been running long enough to understand how much the weather and the time of day I run affects my pace. I was forced to run in the afternoon twice this past week, once due to my schedule and once due to forecasted storms the following morning during my usual running time.
It was 81° with 65% humidity when I ran at 5 PM on Monday. I tried to push, but my body just wouldn’t cooperate and I was actually pleased to finish my run with a 10:55 average pace.
Wednesday pretty much brought the same weather – 80° with 68% humidity – and an even slower pace. As hard as I tried to push myself, my body just wouldn’t respond and I averaged an 11:14 pace.
Waking to rain early on Saturday, I rolled over and fell back to sleep. Once up, I messed around the house until 11:30 AM when I finally headed out in the 52° breezy late-morning air. Perhaps it was the extra sleep or the dry Oat Squares I munched on, but more likely it was the cool fall air that gave me an edge. I felt great and ran along the same trail as my two previous runs during the week and finished my 6.50-miler with an 8:50 average pace. Now that’s more like it!
Once home, I foam rolled and then hopped on my spin cycle (affiliate link) for 10 miles. Since I didn’t ride on Sunday, I wasn’t going to let the week slip by without fitting in some sort of ride.
Bill snapped this picture of me after I got too hot and ripped off my tank. For the first fifteen years of marathoning, I rarely wore a tank. When the air chilled, I moved straight from a sports bra to a short or long sleeved top. Today, I’m self-conscious of my saggier skin which is simply a result of age-related loss of elasticity. For comparison, I’m 41 years old in the poster, and almost 61 today.
I’m pretty lucky in that I love strength training and because I’m in the gym much of the day it’s easy for me to fit my workouts into my schedule. Actually, I don’t have workout privileges at the 55+ community where I train many of my clients, but with a gym in my basement there’s never an excuse for not fitting in a workout.
Yoga went well this week. Each of my sessions is thirty minutes or less so it’s hard to make an excuse not to fit it in. Just so you’re not overly impressed with the amount of yoga I do, here’s how long my sessions take:
- Yoga Basics (affiliate link) – 30 minutes
- Yoga for Flexibility – 30 minutes
- Yoga Favorites – 10 minutes, give or take
- Yoga for Runners – 10 minutes
- Yoga for Cyclists – 8 minutes
- Sun Salutations – depends on how many I do
In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…
- Sunday – Family First, Then The Blog
Looking ahead to this coming week I have nothing specific in the pipeline, but would like to talk a little more about training in the afternoons versus first thing in the morning.
In addition to the runs I mentioned above, here’s a complete run-down of my workouts from this past week (completed mostly in our home gym)…
- Did fall finally hit where you live?
- How does the weather affect your paces?
- Did you race this weekend?
And that’s a wrap… Have a great week!
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I’m linking up with Holly at HoHo Runs and Wendy from Taking The Long Way Home for their Weekly Wrap. Be sure to check out not only the hosts’ posts, but the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!
Happy Running! ~ Deb