Week of August 5, 2012:
Friday: Short bike ride home from the bike shop
Saturday: Short bike ride for groceries + 20 min. on elliptical + Dog-walking at Lick Creek Park with Erin, Darwin, and Dixie
Total minutes run this week: 85.
Week of August 12, 2012:
Sunday: Bike ride for groceries
Monday: Yoga (Dave Farmar’s Baptiste Power Vinyasa #3)
Tuesday: Morning run (20 minutes)
You’ll notice that there was no long run on Sunday, which is highly unusual for me. The reason is, I think, equal parts reasonable and silly: I was out of almond milk and needed to get to the grocery store (grocery list FAIL! I apparently forget that the point of putting something on the list is that I need to buy it at the store.). I decided that in the wake of all the exercise on Saturday, I wasn’t up for several miles of bike-riding and a long run in the August heat, so I skipped the long run.
So now what? I’ve been debating with myself what to do to make up those miles. Wake up extra early to do a long run? Hit the treadmill for an hour? Let myself off the hook? I think I’m going to try to meet my mileage goal this week (85-100 minutes of running), whether that means several shorter runs (like this morning) or carving out time for a longer run. It’s really hard for me to do a longer run outside during the work week because running long on an empty stomach makes me very nervous, and getting up at 5 AM to run is not at all appealing. And I feel like an evening long run is not even an option, with the 100-degree temps we’ve had lately.
Clearly the right answer is that August needs to hurry up and get the heck out of here, because the heat puts a serious crimp in my outdoor exercise routines! Realistically, because I’m building up a base right now, missing a long run isn’t a huge setback. And all runners encounter challenges in their training schedules, so we have to be flexible enough to deal with the unexpected.
But seriously: 17 days left in August! Almost halfway done!