There are definitely more weeks than not when Wednesday’s “hump” seemingly drags on. After finally updating my Runner’s World log last night, I realized two things: (1) I hit a weekly mileage PR last week, unintentionally and unconsciously*, and (2) last month was one big hump. While I let my thoughts run with me this morning, I realized I’ve climbed over a few other humps lately:
Hump #1: Post-marathon blues. The month of May wasn’t easy for me; a Marathon at the end of March plus two 10-mile races two weeks apart in April left little time for recovery. It also left little motivation to move forward; with those two 10-milers behind me, I had no further direction. With a new bike beaming at me, I had a few distractions. With summer temperatures climbing up quickly, I had too many excuses to stay in.
Hill, tackled: On a whim, sign up for a half-marathon that’s only two weeks out! Why not? Anne would be there, I haven’t seen Annapolis in a long time, and I had not challenged myself recently. 13.1 miles – CHECK.
Hump #2: Easy run after easy run. As I began to ease back into things, I chose to set my alarms earlier and earlier so I could avoid the summer heat and start my day with a workout. The problems with this plan? My warmups are slower because I’m still waking up. As I updated my RW log, I realized that most runs were either “Easy” or, “Hills” (if the route was hilly, not because I did repeats). My pace has definitely slowed down since the Marathon; I’ve finally gotten back in a groove with my running; it’s time to start pushing it!
Hill, tackled: Calvert, literally. If you are in DC, and you’re familiar with Rock Creek, you know Calvert Hill. It is ~0.15 miles Up, and it is not easy. This morning’s run was meant to be short (I’m meeting the group tonight for another run), but that doesn’t mean I have to put “easy” in the books, again! Instead, I’ll put Hill-repeats.
My workout: 3 mile “warm-up” + 4 x hill repeats (1:17, 1:18, 1:18, 1:10)
After each time I ran up, I walked down to let my HR recover.
Max HR on repeats: 195, Avg Workout HR: 165
Hump #3: ST30, fail. I’m here to be 100% honest with you, Challengers. After I fell off the wagon last week, I never really got “back on”. I’ve done a few things here & there – core, pushups, etc – but there have been many days skipped. With a blog, comes accountability! Tomorrow will be day 30, but I’ve decided this is an ongoing challenge, and an ongoing battle! Maybe every day is too much? We’ll see where it goes from here. What are your thoughts on ST30? How did YOU do?
Hill, tackled: Pushups! I wanted to see how many I could do without stopping. At one point, that record was 28. Today, it was 15. Clearly it’s time to start working my way back up…
*My weekly mileage was 37.5. The last time I did this was the Marathon week.
Conclusion? I’m over the humps, and ready for more hills.