Happy Sunday! You guys…I survived peak week – hooray! Peak week always makes me nervous. This past week was hard but I’m so close to the taper that I can taste it! Lets discuss week 9 of training.
Barre Class (55 minutes). I think I’m starting to get the hang of it! (We did not use the pilates machines in the background)
7 mile run. I had to do this run on the treadmill due to rain. Those longer runs during the week can be a killer!
Boot Camp (60 minutes). Free weights make me happy 🙂
6 miles. My knees were so sore during the run and I’m not really sure why. I ran 5.5 miles and then walked the last half mile.
I enjoyed an awesome rest day!
11 mile long run. This run made the “Top 3 Crappy Runs” list. It was just awful from the start. Because of the weather (90% humidity), I probably should have started my run earlier than 8am. Within the first mile I lost half of my KT tape and I was soaked in sweat. I tried taking more walk breaks and slowing down my pace, but nothing was working. I ended up running 7 miles outside and ran the remaining 4 on my treadmill. I was happy to get in all the miles, but this run was just such a sh*tshow. My knees and IT band cooperated okay, but the humidity and sun completely drained all of my energy. It’s going to take a while to get my body used to running in summer weather.
Body Works + Abs Class (55 minutes) + Spinning class (50 minutes). Back to my double workouts on Sunday and I loved it!
Total Weekly Miles – 24
Total Training Cycle Miles – 145.2
Grade – A+
I am happy that I survived peak week and my highest weekly mileage in a long time! I also really enjoyed the Barre class I signed up for via ClassPass . It was my first time taking a class at that studio and the instructor was super nice. (If you’re interested in joining, click here and you can receive $30 off your first month)!
The IT band held up pretty good this week. I gave it a lot of TLC so I’ll continue doing that this week as well. I don’t know why my knees were so sore on Thursday’s run. I used KT tape on my knees for Saturday’s run and it seemed to help. Hopefully this was just a fluke and not a new injury.
Real talk – I was so pissed off at Saturday’s run. When I was finishing up my run on the treadmill I was thinking about how my training cycle was going great in the beginning, but the past two weeks weren’t all that great, especially the long runs. I’m debating skipping one of my weekly runs (4 miler) next week to give myself a small break. Hoping a break might get me out of this long run funk that I am in currently – we’ll see. In other news, I’m happy to close out the month with 84.2 miles!
How was your week? Are you training for a race? Let me know in the comments!
I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap, the Jess’s, (Jess Runs Atlanta and Jess @ The Right Fits) for their training recaps and Courtney for her Training Recap Link Up!
Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home says
You are doing great with your runs. Sometimes we have to have those bad runs to give us a chance to reflect on what we’re doing with our training. Like the epic chafing I had today. I’ve got to figure that out!
Thanks Wendy! I’m just hoping that the runs this week are better. Oh no to chafing! Do you use Body Glide? That has helped me, especially with running in the heat.
Lisa @ Mile by Mile says
Congrats on surviving peak week! Saturdays humidity was no joke.My husband had to do 20 for marathon training and I know he really struggled. But you did it- awesome job!!
Thanks Lisa! Congrats to your husband on pushing through the humidity for 20 miles! I’m just not ready for summer running yet!
HoHo Runs says
I’m right there with you on several top 3 crappy runs this week. I forget every darn year how much the humidity plays a role. It’s humbling. It won’t hurt your training to take an extra day off. Sometimes, it just what we need to regroup. That said, you are doing fantastic. It sounds like your IT band is doing well too! Thanks for linking, Kim!
Thanks so much Holly! Humidity and I are enemies, that’s for sure, lol. I’m definitely considering not doing my run on Thursday so that I can have fresh legs for my 12 miler this weekend.
Kimberly Hatting says
I agree with Holly…taking a random day off now and then will probably not impact anything with your training since you’re so close to race day. Other than the long run being a buzz kill, you nailed everything else!
Thanks Kim! Yeah, I’m really considering nixing my Thursday run so that I can go into Saturday’s long run with really fresh legs.
The weather makes such a big difference for me. No way a hot, sunny, humid run could be good! Good for you for getting your miles in. Glad the ITB is quieter this week.
Me too. I run so much better in the Fall/Winter. My allergies made Spring running really difficult.
Reading about your humidity makes me appreciate our raw 40 degree temps. Heat and humidity are soul sucking. You got the bad one out of your system! Great mileage!
I would kill for some Chicago weather right about now!
Michelle @ Running with Attitude says
The humidity is always tough! Congrats on making it through your peak week. Maybe an extra day off will help.
Humidity and I will never get along, lol
Great job on your peak weak! It must be tough with that humidity but way to get it done!
I’m so happy peak week is over! I’m hoping for less humidity this week.
Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner says
Free weights make me very happy too! Looks like a great week for you. I love all of your fun shirts
Thanks so much! Fun shirts make the workouts better in my opinion!
That’s great mileage for the month of April! I’ve found that if our brain is saying break, we should do it. Next week, in the grand scheme of things – you’re not going to miss that 4 miles. 🙂 Congrats on making it to taper! 🙂
Thanks so much Gina!
Botswana is very hot but thankfully its very dry heat, not humid. Humidity is a whole new ball game. Yes, I would I agree with resting a bit more so you are more fresh for the long run.
I think I could deal with the dry heat, but the humidity just kills me!
Susie @ Suzlyfe says
A great month, but I hope that you get those ITB issues under control. Roll the crap out of your glutes, too–sometimes that helps!
Definitely! I’ve been doing a lot of foam rolling on my glutes too
HATE the high humidity… I agree with taking a day off occasionally. Sometimes the mental break is as important as the physical. The odd skipped run is not going to impact your event and might just give you the rest you need.
Definitely agree that a mental break is necessary sometimes!
courtney @ eat pray run dc says
Great week, lady! How many weeks until your race? You are ready!
Race day is May 20 so a little less than 3 weeks away!
I use Rocktape, and my lower legs are taped up for every run. Losing your KT Tape remind me of training for my second half. I trained through a Dallas summer and the KT Tape never stuck.
Thanks for the recommendation – I might try Rocktape so see if it works better!
Debbie @ Deb Runs says
I hear you on the recent crappy runs and Saturday’s humidity. I didn’t head out until 9 AM, but at least I had rain for the first half of my run and that kept me cooler. Here’s to a much better week for both of us!
The humidity is such a soul crusher!
I’m so glad to hear your IT band hasn’t been bothering you. I’m sure the knee is nothing.
You’re doing a great job. Peak week is really hard. Cut yourself some slack if training is dragging you down.
Thanks Rachel. I got through everything last week, but it was a struggle, thats’s for sure!
Yesterday’s 4-miler was fine and it felt great to have a good run.
Janelle @ Run With No Regrets says
That 11-mile run sounds so tough…the weather on Saturday was just miserable with the heat and humidity! You toughed it out and I know it’ll pay off for the race! Great job…I can’t believe it’s almost taper time! 🙂
I’m SO ready for the taper! After this Saturday’s 12-miler, I’ll be celebrating with some champagne lol
Anna @ Pipers Run says
You had such a great week! Sometimes taking an extra rest day is worth it.
Mary Beth Jackson says
Even though Saturday sucked it still sounds like a great week! You may be right and see if an extra rest day helps. This Florida girl will tell you it takes a bit to get used to the heat and humidity, it is awful for awhile then the body finally adjusts! Have a great week!
I think it’s going to take me multiple runs to get used to the heat and humidity!
Alaina @ The Simple Peach says
I say take the break if you need it! No shame in that at all!!!
Thanks Alaina – I’m really considering it!
Zebra Girl says
Coming to you via the Weekly Wrap. I have never tried KT tape but I’ve been curious. That would be annoying if it came off like that. Love your tanks!:)
Kathryn @ Dancing to Running says
You definitely earned your A+ last week. You were so active and accomplished so much! Way to go!
Thanks so much Kathryn!
Great week for you how is it already week 9?? I’d take advantage of the class pass if we had it in my area. Continue to take care of that IT Band. Sounds like you’ve already figured out what to do about your runs not being all that great!
Thanks Tricia! I know, I can’t believe week 9 has come and gone! I cut one of my runs this week – let’s see if it made a difference!
ah, Kim you are doing so great! I’m so sorry about your crappy run though. Isn’t that always the way??? It seems things are going great and then… straight in the sh*tter. Next week (this week) will be better!! Some days it’s just not our day!
are you doing stretches for your IT band? my physio gave me a real simple stretch to do and it really helps! I could video it for you? (that sounds weird, but legit want to help!).
I have a half marathon coming up, I have not trained for it (Lord help me) BUT plan is to just finish even if I have to walk a chunk of it. I have another Half in August, which I will train for, but it will be fast-track training, starting on the 12th of June. That one I definitely have a time goal. Not a PR, just to finish by 2:20 and not walk (it’s Dublin, so there are killer hills the last 8KM).
Crappy runs are no fun, but I had a decent run on Monday and hope to have a good run on Saturday!
I do stretches for my IT band, but I’ve been doing them twice a day instead of once a day. It seems to be helping, but I’d love to see a video of the stretches that you do!
Looks like you have an exciting summer of training and races!
Peak week!!! Way to go! Such a fantastic mix of workouts.
Sometimes its just the cumulative fatigue that makes my knees/legs sore and after a bit of rest it feels better.
Thanks for linking up!
Thanks Jessie. I cut one of my runs this week and hoping that will help with my last long run on Saturday!
TJ from TJ Tells It says
Congrats on surviving! I like to think each bad run I have during training decreases the chance that the bad run will come on race day. Hope your knees are feeling better. Love all of your cute tanks!
I sure hope you are right because I had another crappy long run yesterday lol.
I get most of my running tanks from Old Navy, Target and Walmart!
I’m glad your IT band is doing okay, it can really be a stubborn injury. One of these day’s I’ll try barre-it looks like such a great workout 🙂
It actually felt pretty good this week so I think there is hope!