It’s heating up in the desert, with the highs reaching over 100 degrees most days now. That means no messing around getting out the door in the morning, unless you want to endure a suffer-fest of a run. I cut it pretty close on Sunday for my long run, but I was fortunate to have a bit of a breeze to cool me off. I’m in week two of my training for the Costume Party Run. Here’s my weekly training recap.
Not much to report. I still haven’t made it back to the gym (next week!). I taught two classes. On Tuesday, my Superball class, I taught the single set circuit. Kind of fun and challenging, we don’t repeat any exercise, but complete at least three exercises for each muscle group. My class loves it because it seems to go quickly, plus they only have to do pushups once!
I taught my Fast and Furious class on Friday, but because I had a bit of a headache (and I get to design the class), I kept if kind of low-key and low-impact.
I had work and travel challenges this week, but still managed to get my most important workouts done. On Wednesday, my speed work day, I had to work at 8:00 instead of my normal 10:00, so I cut the workout short. I ran two miles with Penny to warm up, then dropped her off and completed two-one mile repeats on the road. They both were 8:30 and they both felt much harder than they should for that pace. I really had time for a third interval, but I just didn’t have the heart.
On Saturday, which is supposed to be my long run day, Alan wanted to go to the CIF track finals, which were held at Mt. San Antonio College. Palm Desert had one athlete, a female high jumper, who made it to the finals, and he wanted to be there (he’s the head coach). I was happy to go, because I really wanted to see La Quinta High School’s amazing runner, a junior, who qualified in three events. She chose to just compete in the 1600 and the 3200, and I was hoping to have a chance to see her run at least one of those events.
There were six of us driving from Palm Desert High School, so we took one of the school vans. There is just something so energizing about attending a big event like this, with the best track atletes from Southern California competing for a chance to move on to the Masters, the next step before the State Championships. I hadn’t been there since my son ran track a long time ago (he graduated in 2000).
Susannah, our high jumper, did very well, finishing fourth in division three (our division includes the state champ, who jumped 5’11″). Susannah completed the 5’5″ jump on her second try. We’re not sure if that was good enough to continue on to the Masters, but she really did great. Out of all the competitors, two jumped 5’11″, one jumped 5’9″, three managed 5’7″, and there were about seven who completed the 5’5″ jump, so she does have a chance to move on. (note: just found out right before publishing..she made it! She’ll be competing in Cerritos next weekend.)
I did get a chance to see the runner from La Quinta, who’s 1600 was going off just as we were packing up to leave. Megan led from the very beginning, and managed to hold on all the way, in spite of a late charge from one of her competitors. She finished in 4:54, pretty amazing to see.
After surviving the whole day on almonds and Clif Bars, we got to stop at Native Foods for “lunch” (it was after 4:00 when we got back into town). I decided to try the Jackelope BBQ Sandwich again, and it was even better this time. Still spicy, but not quite as much as last time. Alan had the Scorpion Burger, which is always tasty, and we shared a Peanut Butter Parfait for dessert. We dined with another coach and athlete, but I used my better judgement and didn’t take pictures of their food.
So, back to my running. My long run was pushed back to Sunday, and I got out the door about 6:15, a little later than planned. I planned to run three miles with Penny, but she was so slow, I had to walk a good portion, and dropped her off after running about 2.3 miles. I headed back out, staying on the road and hard packed trail. The weather stayed cool, and I was running pretty well until I was about two miles from home. All of a sudden my stomach was so upset that I wasn’t sure if I’d make it to the bathroom at the park a mile away. I had to walk a good portion of the next mile. Not a normal experience for me, thank goodness.
After my stop at the park, I was able to finish my run, completing my 11 mile long run. I keep feeling like it should be easier than it has been the last two weeks. After all, I’m in pretty good shape, having just finished my half marathon three weeks ago. I’m sure the warming weather has something to do with it, but I feel a little frustrated and worried that my long runs haven’t been better.
Here’s the complete recap if you’re interested.
Well, that was my training week. How did your training go? Any competitions, events, races, or breakthroughs you’d like to share? Give!