SALTY CAMP! I had been looking forward to this weekend since I booked my trip at the beginning of April! It was so exciting to finally meet my Salty Running friends in person! The weekend was absolutely amazing – full of running and hanging out and talking and eating ice cream and goofing off with these incredible women who I know so well even though this is the first time we’ve met face to face. Thanks to Cinnamon and Salty for making it happen! It was definitely the highlight of my summer!!
Monday 7/25: After some weekend rain, Monday was a hot/humid day for a run (though my standards for humidity have been revised since Salty Camp in Ohio). I ran the “monday loop” with my friends. Run: 5.75 miles easy
Tuesday 7/26: Another hot day in Oregon, so I was happy to do an apparel wear test on a treadmill in a freezer! I usually HATE running on treadmills, but somehow when it was in a freezer it was totally great! I started, full of trepidation at 8:00/mile pace and cut down to sub-7’s by the end. Run: 6.5 miles + core/strength
Wednesday 7/27: I was planning to do some type of workout, but it was really pathetic. I was busy and tired and hot and feeling slow. Then I rushed home to pack for SALTY CAMP!! Run: 5 miles (2 @ 6:40)
Thursday 7/28: I got up at 4:30am and hopped on a plane to go to Salty Camp, which was AMAZING. I took Thursday off of running in favor of sitting on airplanes, hunting pokemon through airports and then hanging out with Pimento and Pesto on the unofficial first night of camp!
Friday 7/29: The three hour time change was a bit rough for getting up in the morning, but Pimento and I defied our west coast brains and (after a couple cups of coffee) went for a run with Pesto! We had planned 10 miles but the heat/humidity kind of killed me and I advocated for a 4-mile turnaround with an additional run planned for later in the day. I haven’t been that sweaty after a run since I was in Indonesia – so much sweat. The humidity in Ohio is no joke. The second run of the day…was also humid, but running with great friends who I’ve never gotten to hang out with before was wonderful. Run: 8 miles + 5 miles
Saturday 7/30: Another great day at camp with two more lovely runs. AM run with Poppy and Pimento and then a PM trail run with Coriander! Run: 8 miles + 4 miles (trail) + some core/strength
Sunday 7/31: On the final morning of camp I joined Poppy for part of her long run. I think I was finally starting to get used to the humidity by this run (as much as one every gets used to running through liquid). And then I traveled back home to Oregon, where it’s currently 77 degrees with 46% humidity. Much better. Run: 11.2 miles
Total Mileage: 53.5 miles
Summary: I didn’t know what this week would contain with regards to training (due to Salty Camp), so I didn’t make any firm plans in my training calendar. I think that it all worked out well. I got in some miles and some doubles, which is good practice for Hood to Coast. And if running in humidity is supposed to be “poor man’s altitude” maybe that will help too. I definitely need to get in a couple of workouts before the end of August though!