It appears that much to my dismay, the heat and humidity of a typical Memphis summer is here to stay. This was my second to last week of full half marathon training before I taper for a couple of weeks before running in the Tupelo 14.2. I’ll then have an easy week before ramping up the miles once again in route to the 4 Bridges Half Marathon in October, the St. Jude Half Marathon in December, and the Walt Disney World Marathon in January. The last week looked a little like this.
Monday: I woke up early and ran 4.24 before work. It was an easy run a little faster than my PR half marathon pace. I felt great during my run and was happy that I motivated myself to get out of bed. After work I mowed and trimmed my yard. The yard is small, and takes about an hour and a half to mow with my push mower. Add in the trimming, and it is a two hour plus endeavor, so I will chalk that up as some cross training! Especially lugging the weed eater around the yard and sweeping up all the grass clippings.
Tuesday: No run scheduled, but I did work in about a forty-five minute TRX session at the house. I did not focus on any particular region, I just did two cycles of about twelve of my typical exercises. I could definitely feel the burn twenty minutes in, especially in my abs, so I knew I was accomplishing something.
On a side note, the Memphis Grizzlies officially made a significant move on Tuesday by signing Mike Miller. The Grizz desperately needed a shooter, and when healthy, Mike is very good at that. He did play a pivotal roll in the Miami Heat beating the San Antonio Spurs this last season. There is also a rumor that Mo Williams is considering signing with the Grizz to be the backup point guard! It seems odd for the Grizz to be active in free agency, even if it is for the second tier of player. Hopefully they can build upon the remarkable season that they just completed.
Wednesday: I was a bum and slept in. I used the excuse that it was about to rain, but honestly, I was just tired and lazy. I would pay for this laziness after work. I tried to wait out the heat, but it did not work. I completed 3.14 and that was it. The heat got to me and I ended my run early. Yet another reminder to get my lazy ass out of bed in the morning.
Thursday: I did not want a repeat of Wednesday, so I definitely got out of bed. As I mentioned a couple days ago, I ran this training run as a virtual race called the Jedi Challenge. It was only supposed to be a 5K, but I extended it by a little over a mile. The humidity was brutal and by the end of the 4.33 miles, my left nipple was bleeding, which is not a good feeling. After work, I did another TRX workout. This one was modeled more after a burnout routine with a single set of exercises at a high number of repetitions. I am still sore from this.
Friday: Another planned day away from running, but I did get in my third TRX routine of the week. It was partially a stall tactic since we were having an early surprise party for Susan and she kept trying to ruin it. Her birthday is not until next week, but we thought that if we did the party early, she would not expect it. We had twenty-five or so of her friends and family meet us at her favorite Mexican place, Las Delicias. They got there at 6:30 and I was to have Susan there at 7:00. The problem was that she skipped lunch that day since they were gearing up for the school year and they were swamped with the last minute details. I stalled her as much as possible and we got there at 6:55. The only problem was that her parents showed up at the exact same time, with a birthday present no less! Susan claims that she did not out two and two together, and did seem genuinely surprised when she walked into the room. We had a great time with pitchers of margaritas, cupcakes and a dreamsicle cake from Muddy’s, and some great fellowship. We ended up shutting the place down.
Friday was Friday filled with presents for me as well. I received my Runnersbox that I won a couple of weeks ago, as well as a St. Jude Heroes tech shirt for eclipsing the $100 threshold in my fundraising efforts, the September issue of Runner’s World, and my brand new Brooks Glycerine 11 shoes! I also purchased two new pairs of running shorts, utilizing the tax free weekend here in Tennessee and a store coupon. I felt like it was Christmas morning at my house! I will be doing a stand alone post on the shoes and Runnersbox later this week.
Saturday: This was my scheduled long run for the week, and I will say this, Las Delicias is not the best prerun meal, especially when twelve miles are on the docket! I managed to complete 10.73 miles before submitting to my stomach ssues and calling it a day. As I did my finishing stretches, the rain came in full force, and my iPhone was grateful not to be out in it. It sucked to not get in my miles, but I do not feel that it will hinder me any in the upcoming week.
Sunday: Today has been a 100% rest day with that has afforded me the opportunity to recover a little bit as well as complete some laundry. Once I complete this post, I am going to use the foam roller for a few minutes while watching the Braves on ESPN and the Cowboys in the first NFL preseason game of the season on NBC.