Something strange is happening to me. I was up at 6.30am for my run on Monday. I have never ran that early in my life. And not only that, I was up early for speedwork!
This week saw the temperatures rise to 34 degrees C and on Monday morning as I left my house it was already 20 degrees. The thought of it being even hotter later made me get out the door before I had eaten anything. I took a leaf out of Wendy’s book and had some Tailwind before I left and in the water I took with me. My speed session was 2 x 3 Flying 30s, one of my favourite sessions which involved running a maximum effort for short bursts of time. One thing I did notice about running before I’d moved around much was that my easy, warm up run was a lot slower than last week when I ran at 8am.
I had a coaching session on Monday evening and as it was still rather warm I gave my athletes a choice of activity. Both involved short bursts of activity followed by a long recovery and they chose the speed session! They did a Flying 20s session (like my Flying 30s but with the max effort over 20m instead of 30m) and enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed my earlier one. There is something to be said for running really fast!
Wednesday was the hottest day of the week with temperatures hitting 34 degrees. I had a rather warm early morning yoga session followed by my evening running group. By the evening it had cooled down to 29 degrees and we had a breeze too. I told the group to take it easy, have plenty of water breaks (we try not to carry bottles with us when we run) and to stay in the shade. It was hot, hard work, but everyone survived!
Following the group run I had an assessment session with a new coaching client which was fun. First sessions are always about me finding out more about the athlete and what they want to achieve with coaching and observing them run to see what areas to work on to help them achieve their goals.
Thursday was the start of a series of social runs following from my beginners group. Another hot one, but not as hot as Wednesday! We did a 4km run along a shady route.
I did my long run of 8 miles on Saturday. This is going to be the last week of single digit long runs! Next weekend I have a 10k race and after that all my long runs will be in double digit! Yikes! This run wasn’t the greatest. All throughout my stomach wasn’t happy. I had a stitch and then just a general grumbleness. I was wearing my running belt which just made my stomach feel worse. I ran the 8 miles and even managed to pick up the pace for the final half mile but it wasn’t the best run.
How was your week running? How early do you like to run?