If I could run in hell, I imagine it would be similar to southern Spain in summer. I’m not even being dramatic. This week it is finally a “cool” 88, but last week the temperatures reached 103 multiples times. In the shade. Thanks to a little wind known as “El Terral,” which blows onto the Spanish coast from Africa, bringing 90+ degree heat with it. I’m not saying that the wind causes the coast to be 90+ degrees (because it already is). No, no. El Terral is a HOT wind. Wind that does not bring relief! Being an Ohio native, wind = goodness and open windows. However, with El Terral, the Spaniards work hard to keep this wind OUT of the house. It only increases the temperature inside! I’ve been doing my runs, if possible, after 10pm. Otherwise, I suffer in the sun in the morning!
Thankfully I will skip the intense heat in Spain during July and August. My time with my host family is up in mid-July, and I will head home to the States for a few weeks until I jet back to Europe independently in August to be with my boyfran, Mr. Bergamot. Yes, you read correctly. A Mr. Bergz! He actually assisted me in my first post-fracture race by bringing me water, bananas, grapefruit, and Frosted Flakes because he’s basically an angel.
I’m sad to be across the ocean from him for the 4 short weeks that I will, but I am excited to see my running family and go to Salty Camp! You should go too! I realized I will be in Ohio during the weekend of a great 10 mile race in Columbus, the Scioto Miles 10 Miler, and given that the race weekend is still a-go, I will definitely participate! That will FINALLY give me a long-distance goal race to focus on! I plan on choosing a fall half marathon later, ideally in Europe, potentially in Valencia, Catnip’s former stomping grounds. Exciting things are happening! I’ll keep you all up to date here in the training logs. 🙂
Here’s what I’ve been doing this month (Not a ton of running)
Week of 6.5
Monday – 3 easy miles
Tuesday- 5 super easy miles
Wednesday- 1 mile warm up, 4×800. Splits were 4:11, 4:07, 4:10, 4:02, 1 mile cool down with 4×30 second hill intervals (Thanks to the mountain I have to climb to get home) total: 4.2 miles
Thursday – rest
Friday (El Terral began) but thankfully I left for Geneva, Switzerland the day it started! I was there until Sunday. I really should have taken my running shoes!
Total – 12.2 miles
Week of 6.12 – El Terral Hell Part I
Monday- 30 minute swim. Running was not possible outdoors. Yuck.
Tuesday- 1 hour swim, 3.35 miles + quick hill ladder (it was 90 degrees at 10pm FYI) Hills were done in 1:00 intervals, decreasing by 10 seconds each time. :50, 40, etc.
Wednesday- 1.3 mile warm up, 5×800. Splits were 4:10, 4:05, 4:03, 4:02, 3:39. I was super proud of that last number! 1 mile cool down. 4.8 miles total. The heat had backed off by this day.
Thursday – 2 super easy miles with an American buddy
Friday & Saturday- rest
Sunday- Walk around Malaga with Mr. Bergz. LOL okay this doesn’t count. I had such a strong start to the week, and I should have worked harder over the weekend. Lesson learned!
Total – 10.12 miles, 1.5 hours swim time