Chive’s Training Log 7.18.16

Another very hot week of mileage.

Monday—10mi, Hill Loop 2 (1:11:37, slightly under 10mi). With C, pounded fairly hard. I was so wiped out after this, felt kind of dizzy for much of the day.

Tuesday—8mi. Easy, with C. I’d been feeling good on runs for a few days, but the harder effort and hills yesterday ended that. This was apparently pretty slow, but didn’t all that slow.

Wednesday—8.5mi. Solo at 5am. Did a “new” run I named Green Line because it runs out along one branch of Boston’s Green Line and back along another branch. It was not that great of a run though; probably won’t do it again.

Thursday—8mi along the Charles with C. All my runs have been so slow, and have been getting kind of discouraged about it. I planned to do no real workouts during my time as a counselor/coach because I figured I’d be too tired, wouldn’t hit times, and would feel bad about it. Instead planned to just build a solid base. I don’t feel like I’m in that great of shape though. Is this going to pay off in some way, or is it another one of those things where I just force myself to run a lot of miles very early in the morning so I can feel tough?

Core, something I do almost never these days.

Friday—6mi easy with C. Felt fine.

Saturday—15mi solo meandering about including a blissfully shady stint on the XC course in Franklin Park. It was pretty hot out, I sweat a ton, what else can I say?

Sunday—11mi with C on the Charles. Legs felt way better than yesterday, maybe from the company. Ended at 7-11 and got a Slurpee that was kind of gross at 9am, but also fun.

Total: 66.5

Tired myself out, didn’t feel great, and had doubts about whether this quantity/quality of running is the best thing for my long-term training right now, but overall I still had fun running this week. I kept meaning to do strides and core but always wimped out because it was too hot/too sweaty/too crowded in my apartment. I am so lucky that my boyfriend is willing to wake up at 4:45 to run with me.

I am a runner based in Boston. I am also an AmeriCorps member and soon-to-be grad student. I like to write about gender disparities in running and the mental aspects of training and racing.

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  1. Ooh, I feel you on the feeling slow/slightly discouraged ting. Do you think sometimes we are just slow, and it doesn’t really mean anything? Plus in summer heat and humidity, it’s hard to feel sprightly.

    For whatever it’s worth, I find it can take several days to recover from a hard, hilly run like yours on Monday…

    1. Yeah, thanks. I think “feeling slow” usually means something about weather conditions/lifestyle factors, and often isn’t dire or indicative of low fitness.

      Trying to take those hilly runs a bit easier, especially when it’s so hot. Whew