Early July Training Update

I have no races scheduled until July 23rd, and I'm all caught up on race reports. So, what is there to blog about? Training! Right after I posted my last training update things fell apart - slightly. I missed some workouts due to stress, other priorities, and bad weather. I should have worked around those things, but I didn't. So now I'm a little behind. Not too far behind, but still...not where I wanted to be. And now that it's hot outside pretty much all the time, I have to stay on track in spite of the weather.

I'm picking up right where I left off. I'm going to work toward doing all future workouts as planned. I need them all. The hills and the speed work will help me get ready for Mexico City Marathon. The strength training will improve my metabolism and my core. The regular runs at a slightly faster pace will help build the endurance at the new pace. It's almost eight weeks to Mexico City, so I still have time to see more improvements. I just need to keep my eye on the ball and not have another bad spell of training.

This week has been good. However, due to a very high heat index, I chose to do my speed workout on the treadmill last night. That wasn't fun. First of all, I hate running on the treadmill. I never feel like I am very balanced and I worry about bad form or falling off the machine. And it's boring. But I thought this would be my best opportunity for a speed workout in the heat, so I tried it. And I don't ever want to do that again. They got new treadmills in our fitness room and they are a dumbed-down model. I couldn't track pace (only MPH speed), and I couldn't program intervals. That meant that for each of my 8 x 100m sprints I needed to manually adjust the speed by .1 at a time. This was hard to do while running. I had to hold onto the railing and try not to inadvertently clench my shoulders as I ramped up or down, which took way too long.

My fear is not so much that I slide off the back of the treadmill, but that I trip myself and fall over

If the heat keeps up, I may need a new plan for my weekly speed work. I really need to do it on a track. And I only run in the morning on weekends. Otherwise, I run in the afternoon or early evening, when it's hot out. Maybe I need to try to get my butt out of bed early on Thursday mornings. Sigh. Just when I had a plan that was working, mother nature brought us unbearable temperatures. I'll figure it out.


  1. load a book or music on your device of choice. Something to listen to. Also, pay the visitor fee at a local gym to use better equipment. Usually about $5. Worth the investment if you have crappy 'mills in your gym.


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