I had hoped to do something longer today. Despite a long day of teacher workshop stuff followed by cross country practice, I was actually feeling relatively energetic. However, once I started my run after all of that was over it became obvious that it wasn't in the cards.
My legs felt really heavy. I figured things would get at least a little better during the run which turned out to be the case, so I was able to avoid the temptation of cutting the run even shorter and still get in seven easy miles. Just chalking it up as a recovery run, is all.
Reason why the legs felt like concrete was pretty obvious... hard workouts in heat/humidity really put a lot more strain on the body. I've noticed it a lot this summer, which seems to have been especially humid.
I've been kind of bummed about how my training has been going this summer, but after a bit of a more open-minded review, it really hasn't been as bad as I've been making it out to be. I've definitely got in more mileage than last summer, and I ended up PR-ing at the MDI Marathon last year. Speedwork has been comparable, if not a little better. I think with some finishing touches on speed these next handful of weeks and overall it will definitely be a decent cut above. The Bradbury Bruiser will also serve as a great workout, obviously. Onward and upward.
Ran 7.2 miles @ 8:33/mile pace.
Mid 70s, sunny.
Saucony Kinvara 3, shorts, short sleeved shirt, handheld bottle (Gatorade).