Monday, August 13, 2012

This summer nonsense can eff off.

For the last 3 months, while the rest of the country has been whining about The Hot, I've been sitting comfortably in SoCal's "hot" - 75* and sunny, cool in the mornings and evenings. Downright sweater weather at night.

Until last week.

I forget, every year, that summer comes to late SoCal - once everyone else starts cooling down, and I start seeing things about crisp mornings, and get all twitchy to plan some fall mountain getaway, SoCal decides, phawk, that's RIGHT. It's SUMMER! And suddenly it's a bajillion degrees, and even humid. HUMID.

It's so unpleasant.


Plan for the Week!

Last week...
Monday: 4 miles; 3 mi easy, last mile fast (well, 9:20, fast for meeeee)
Tuesday: Cross training - sit ups, push ups, plank, wall sits, some yoga
Thursday: 6 miles; 6x800. Hard.
Saturday: Cross training - push ups, sit ups, plank, wall sits, yoga, 15 minutes arms (with weights!), stretching
Sunday: 8 miles; first .9 easy, sprint last .1. <--this felt really, really good.

Monday was my first run since SFM, and it felt not easy. My legs felt bleh and heavy and it was unfun. Thursday, also hard, but 800's are just hard for me. Sunday was magic - watched the men in the Olympic Marathon finish 16 miles in about the time it took me to finish 8. That's fantastic.

This week...
Monday: Cross training
Tuesday: 6 miles with 3x1600 <--this is not what I had in mind when I mentioned "easy August".
Wednesday: Cross training
Thursday: I'd like to meet some friends at the Run Like a Girl Fun Run hosted by a local Road Runner Sports. I have a training class at work that day, and hopefully I'll be out in time. Otherwise, 6 miles tempo <--also not on my "easy August" plan
Friday: Cross training
Saturday/Sunday: 10 miles, hills, gross

Next week...
Into the Wild Trail Run Aug. 22nd. Fingers crossed it's not a billion degrees.


Semi (lies, totally) related to Friday's post, I'm semi-considering RnR St. Louis.

In what can only be described as the stars aligning:
  • Only 2 Evan Dando shows have been announced.
  • One of those 2 shows is in St. Louis on Oct. 18th.
  • RnR St. Louis is Oct. 20th.

I know I recently swore off RnR forever, AND that I said I wanted to take training a little easier for awhile, but..........

So tempting.


  1. I hate heat! Even San Jose got super hot this weekend and made my run the opposite of fun. Hope this week is better for you!

  2. how are you feeling after 2 back to back? I'm training for chicago and it is the hardest of the 3 to train for. my head is not as focused/into it as it was for the other two. Kind of just trying to have fun with it vs. having goals now.

  3. Stars aligning is right... and as I said, the St. Louis one was probably the least horrible of all the RnR events.

  4. Hey, at least you can usually find some awesome buddies to run with at a RNR event. And, the Marathon Snickers bars aren't so bad either.

  5. I know what you mean about the heat. Last week nearly killed me. I know summer comes late in So.Calif. But on the coast, we usually get it the last week of August and through September. So for me, it came too early this year. It seems to have cooled off today. Yay!! Good luck with your training.

  6. The humidity. WTF is this? It's like 80% in the morning. Never goes below 60% the whole day. Then the storm clouds to the east just taunt us with rain never comes. At least it would rain back east for some momentary relief.

    I was so bummed today when I saw the Weather People have re-forecasted this heat wave through Thursday(it was supposed to get better tomorrow).

  7. so ready for summer to be over. and, let me know if you decide about st.louis. i am very much considering flying up on saturday for a quick race trip...

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