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Miakonda Training week 9

This week was brutally hot. No cloud cover or rain, temperatures above 85, tons of dust from the trail and pollen exploding into the air. It’s all good training (well, except for the dust in my eyes and throat, that’s just annoying), but when there’s no canopy cover it is just oppressive.

  • Monday: Rest.
  • Tuesday: 5 miles. Tiny loops.
  • Wednesday: 9 miles. I headed to the trail (starting from a different trailhead) for something different. It was ridiculously humid and I was covered in bugs by the time I left (thanks, creek), but still the right choice, I’ll do it again this week.
  • Thursday: 5 miles. Was supposed to be 7 miles and was supposed to be a tempo workout. The sun beat me down, after 9 minutes into the workout portion I had to call it quits. Not a total waste, obviously, but a bit demoralizing and just rough on my body.
  • Friday: Rest.
  • Saturday: 22 miles. Made up the most miles from Thursday, but again, still really warm, but an early start helped mitigate that.
  • Sunday: 10 miles. Got a later start than I wanted, so it was warmer than I had hoped, but it wouldn’t have made that big of a difference anyway. Did have a pleasant surprise passing one of the Frontrunners! We stopped to chat briefly, it was nice to see him since I hadn’t in a while and I never expect anyone from the group to be on this trail since it’s outside the city.
  • Long run fuel: Tailwind, Bobo’s Bar, Gu.
  • BWF/Core work: No Zombies, Run this week. My goddaughter’s second birthday party was Sunday and the timing didn’t work out, but the amount of moving supplies and equipment was a decent workout!
  • Yoga: I didn’t have a chance to do a yoga class this week, hoping to get back to it!
  • Stretching: I did my stretching routine after every run!

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