Week 4 brought my first skipped run and my first no fun long run. Maybe sounds like it wasn’t a great running week but I am actually pretty happy with it. 3 out of 4 runs is pretty good considering how hot it has been every single day and I got my mid long and long run done so I’m going to call that a success.

Long run: I woke up at 7am on Saturday with the intention of beating the heat and getting my 9 miles done early. One cup of tea in bed turned into 11am pretty quick so I had no other choice but to go out in the mid day heat. From the get go I was not into this run and was really just getting through it one step at a time. I brought my hand held water bottle and am so grateful that I did because it was so damn hot, I drank every last drop! I had a minor dizzy spell around mile 6 which was a bit worrying so I decided to stick to the shadiest areas I could find for the last 3 miles and that did help. When I run more than 6 miles I like to have a bit of sugar to help me along the way so I brought some little coke bottle candies and ate them at mile 5. I really need to start testing out some different nutrition products or ideas because I really don’t think I can get through 26.2 miles on candy alone but also the thought of gels makes me nauseous. Something I will be looking into in the future!

Plan                                          Reality

Monday:          Rest                   Rest

Tuesday:         1-3 miles           4 miles

Wednesday:   4 miles              1.8 miles

Thursday:      1- 3 miles          0 miles        

Friday:            Rest                    Rest

Saturday:       9 miles               9 miles

Sunday:          Cross train        Cross train (walk)

Next week is going to be a tough one for me. I am flying to Vancouver on Saturday morning so I wont have the weekend to get my long run done, which means I will have to get my 10 miles in after work one day. It also doesn’t look like this heat is going anywhere, which I am generally very happy about but just makes training that little bit more difficult. I’m going to take it easy on myself this week and get done what I can.