Monday, May 3, 2010

Battling the humidity!

This weekend was super humid but it was warm outside which was great! The massage on Saturday morning was awesome - she worked on my legs and my shoulders!  Afterward, I spent the afternoon outside reading!

Sunday I decided was going to be a track day.  It was 70F and 10am before I arrived at the track.  The air was heavy as I warmed up and the clouds off in the distance looked dark but I just started in to the workout.  Thankfully it didn't rain or thunder at all and I was able to get in 2x800m and 5x400m (not in that order) before my legs decided it was time to quit. 

Track workout: 800m, 4x400m, 800m, 400m
Goal: Run all intervals at a pace of 1:30 (6:00min/mile)
Times: 3:05, 1:30, 1;30, 1:31, 1:32, 3:13, 1:32

Overall it was a good workout and I actually didn't do a recovery jog between each set, I just stopped and rested for 3 minutes after the 800s and 90 seconds after the 400s.  The second 800m was really tough and I did not feel well for most of it.  I wish I could have done more (like I usually do on the treadmill) but I had to make myself realize that on the treadmill I was running at a slower pace and therefore able to run more intervals.

After a great track workout yesterday that definitely left me dehydrated I headed out for a recovery run this morning.  For the first time it was in fact at a recovery pace.  The air was humid and I chose a particularly hilly route so I just kind of ran along.  The sounds of the birds chirping surrounded me as I completed the 3.5 mile out and back.  I passed a few lilac bushes and was overcome with the smell.  Right before turning into my apartment complex, the house has a lilac bush, so I picked three branches out and ran quickly home hoping that no one saw me!  Now I have a nice bouquet of lilacs in my kitchen!

3.5 miles/31:56/9:07 pace



Now it is time to rehydrate before hitting yoga tonight after work!  Hope you had a good weekend! Happy Monday!

21 comments:

marathonmaiden said...

it's sooo humid here too! my hair is in a 'fro right now haha!

great track workout yesterday. very impressive given the weather. i hate running in really heavy air, i feel like i'm suffocating

I Run for Fun said...

Wow! That is very impressive speedwork! Very nice run...you got your workout and you got flowers!

Marlene said...

Great job at the track! I'm sure the humidity played into not feeling well on that last 800 also.

runningwithsass.com said...

good job! I hate humidity! we have quite a bit here!

runningwithsass.com said...

good job! I hate humidity! we have quite a bit here!

runningwithsass.com said...

good job! I hate humidity! we have quite a bit here!

Alee said...

Love your lilacs, and nice work on the track!

The Happy Runner said...

Nice work! The humidity was TOUGH!

MCM Mama said...

That is a really impressive pace! I hate heat and humidity, so I've hit my slow moving season.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

We haven't had humid weather here yet, but it's only a matter of time. I am hoping to do some track workouts this summer when training for my marathon. I discovered a local track at the end of the summer last year that I plan to hit up once a week this summer!

sunapeegirl said...

Great job on the run - I hate the humidity! It's so bad for May!!

EndorphinBuzz said...

Those are fast times! Good work.

I love the smell of flowets when I run on the spring, it's so refreshing.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Speedy!!!

Staci Dombroski said...

Beautiful flowers!! Way to go on your run :)

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

OMG!!!! I went running for 8 miles this morning and the humidity was INSANE, how will I survive the summers?!

Jon Gilchrist said...

tbat track workout sounds pretty demanding...repeats hurt...but are definitely necessary. Do you think that not running the recovery job between intervals compromised the following interval?

Jamie said...

Awesome intervals girl! The humidity hasn't quite hit us consistently and I'm hoping it holds off until the end of May!

Glenn Jones said...

The humidity certainly didn't help with the hydration issue. Way to slay those intervals!

Jeri said...

I man I love the smell of lilacs. So jealous!

runnernic.com said...

its been SO humid here too!!! i kinda like it though because it makes the cold-- not seem so cold! :) great job with the runs!!! i love the lilacs too!

Laura said...

Great work on the intervals!