Another week, another weekly recap! Here’s how training went for the Indianapolis Marathon:
Monday: 8 solo miles before work, easy pace 9:30 min/mile, Discover Strength session after work.
Tuesday: 5.5 miles with Matilda (my dog) before work, 9:15 min/mile
Wednesday: Workout Wednesday! 3 miles easy, 2 miles at 8:05, 3 minute jog, 6x (200m with 200m jog recovery), 3min jog, 1 mile at 8:00, 2 mile cool-down. 10 miles total before work!
Thursday: 8 easy miles before work, 9:38 min/mile with a few friends! Discover Strength session after work.
Friday: After 4 days of getting up super early, I decided to sleep in; I ran after work from my office along the River Road. 5 hot miles (We had an excessive heat warning. It was a scorcher!)
Saturday: 12.5 very hot and humid miles. I was supposed to do a progression in the long run, getting faster every mile for miles 5-10, but with the excessive heat warning, I just couldn’t. I was barely able to keep up a 9:30 min/mile average! I promised myself I wouldn’t complain about running in the heat. You don’t break your leg slipping on the ice in the heat, right? Nope! I just slowed the pace, took plenty of water breaks (every fountain I passed!) and focused on getting through the miles.
Sunday: Dustin, Matilda (our dog), and I ran 4 miles together. It was quite hot, so we let Tilda stop multiple times to get into the lake to cool down. 8:51 min/mile. I’ve been enjoying our little ‘family’ runs on Sundays!
Summary: 52 miles of running 2 strength sessions at Discover Strength. High mileage, yes, but mostly very easy paced, especially due to the heat!
After Saturday’s long run, I drove out to Chanhassen for a follow-up bod-pod test. If you recall, I did the first bod-pod test at the beginning of the month, (read more HERE) and then participated in a challenge through Discover Strength where I did at least two strength training workouts a week, tracked my food on MyFitness Pal, and had a coach/nutritionist monitor everything to ensure I was getting enough protein, etc.
I was surprised to see that I decreased percentage body fat by about 4% in just a month. To be honest, I am a little skeptical about the results, because I did the second bod-pod test after a long run in the heat, where I know I sweat off a few pounds. They claim that the bod-pod reading is based on air displacement and not affected by water weight, measuring lean muscle mass, but I have my doubts. I tried to rehydrate after the long run, but on a such a hot day, I have to think that it might have messed with the results, at least a little bit. Regardless, I do think the challenge was a success and I feel stronger, which is all I wanted!
Besides, I probably lost all those gains through my activities the rest of my weekend…
Saturday afternoon, we met up with my younger sister Laurie, her husband, his sister and her husband, at Bauhaus Brew Labs in NE Minneapolis for a beer.
They were in town for a show at the Ordway in St. Paul.
After catching up with them for awhile, we went to Rock the Garden at the Walker Sculpture Garden.
It was SOOO hot out there, but still fun to be outside and listen to some new-to-me music.Sunday, after the quick 4 miler, we met our friends Craig and Richard for brunch at Red Cow. Plenty of beers on Saturday, mimosas on Sunday- my guess is that my bod-pod gains were gone, ha! Worth it for a fun summer weekend, right?
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I’m always impressed with your mileage 😉 It’s crazy how hot it got so quickly. I love the heat (like you), but a little bit of acclimation (like, say…in JUNE) would have been nice LOL Great job with all your training 😉
Hah, yes, a little acclimation might have been nice, but I’m not complaining!
Great miles for you despite the scorching heat! I’m with you. I refuse to complain about the heat after the kind of winter we had. Plus I’m not training for anything so I can roll with it. Seeing your fun activities makes me wanna come back and run TCM again. Such a great race!
TCM is my favorite! You should most definitely come back.
Totally worth it for a fun and gorgeous summer weekend! Great work on getting your runs in. It’s tough in the heat but I love it!
I guess you are right that you won’t slip and fall on any ice this week! Impressive mileage in the heat of the summer. I am just trying to keep up my frequency even though my mileage has gone down. Is it time for fall yet?
I’m sure DC is much much hotter than Mpls!
The heat in Nashville was unbearable and I heard that Connecticut had a heat advisory all week so I guess summer is really here. I also told myself that I would try not to complain about running in the summer heat – I’m just gonna try to suck it up!
I always love reading about your weekend adventures. It seems like you always have so much fun 🙂
Bring on the heat! Better than ice and snow 🙂
The heat always makes running so difficult, but we get those gains in the fall, right? I’m willing to complain about both the heat & the cold, LOL!
Haha! Complain away 🙂 Runners care more about the weather than anyone!
Sounds like a fun time at the concert! I need to get more events like that on my agenda. Good work on all the miles this week!
I love a good outdoor concert! Perfect summer night. Just a little toasty.
Looks like a fun weekend
I’d be with you in the skepticism on the results, but glad you feel stronger
Kudos on on getting out there n the weather
I’d like to believe that the challenge worked, but just not sure it worked QUITE as well as it seemed 🙂
Sounds like a great week in training capped off by a fun weekend! We have been having excessive heat warnings all week- we even reached a high of 112 on Wednesday! Taking it easy is the best case in excessive heat- my coach likes to say its not about pace but effort 🙂
It sounds like your losing your bod-pod gains was worth it with all that fun! Hope this weekend is equally as enjoyable!
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