Training: Week 30

Week 30 was another light week. The week started off great with a long run and a workout but then went downhill as the mercury and dew points rose -- and my motivation waned.

Total miles: 31.1

Monday: 10 miles, 8:51 pace

Tuesday: 9 miles total with 5x1000. I still managed a 4:04 on my last repeat! Nate, Craig, Ryan and I ventured out early to beat the heat - and so we could finish before everyone had to get to work.

It always amazes me that I'm able to recruit people do do workouts with me - much less three others! It makes visiting the track so much more pleasant! Thank you, faithful training partners, for tagging along!!

Wednesday & Thursday: Two days off. Dew points between 74-76 both days. I just don't think that's safe to run in while pregnant. Plus, it's just miserably warm & wet. Yuck.

This came on Wednesday! One of my former athletes sent a care package our way with something for Greta and something for her new sibling. Greta's reaction when we read the "For the best big sister in Minnesota!" sticky note was priceless!

They each received a shirt and a pair of MATCHING PAJAMAS. It was the first time I had thought about dressing them alike - I promise not to do it often, but I'm definitely excited about the possibilities :)
Friday: 6 miles, 8:08 pace. Coaching consult w/ a new TNC client. He's a 1:59 800m runner, low 16's 5ker looking to lower his marathon times. I'm excited to be able to help!

I was also surprised to see that I was able to clip along at 8 minute pace for the run together. I was wiped out that evening, but still!

Saturday: 6 miles. My legs were so tired!

We headed up to St. Paul to look at appliances after our run, then walked over to the MN Irish Festival. They were within a quarter mile of each other! Some fun pictures, just because:

Rocking our green for the Irish Festival. Nate technically isn't Irish, but he showcased his support of us Irish(wo)men anyway :)
Irish Greyhounds = Big doggies

They weigh 240 pounds!
Dancing along with the Irish music and dancers
Mini golf

She needs some practice
Sunday: Off.

Didn't wake up in time to get a run in before a baptism and decided later in the day that I'd rather continue packing away some of our clutter, cooking up a storm (we canned a HUGE batch of salsa and made a big pot of vegetable soup to try to use up some of our abundant vegetable supply!), and cleaning in general.

It was a good choice, it just didn't do anything for my weekly mileage :). That doesn't matter right now, anyway, I kept telling myself. Because it doesn't!

All dressed up for Emma's baptism! I love this picture :)

Total miles for this pregnancy: 1732.4

10 weeks to go! In one way, I wish I could fast-forward time. In another, there is a lot to do in those 70 days, including listing our house and starting to build another :)

Your turn:
How have you dealt with the heat and humidity this summer? Have you resorted to indoor training? Running early? Late? 

I'm genuinely interested to know how others have been coping!

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! You are amazing. You are my inspiration for when the day comes my husband and I decide to start a family. I am always so afraid becoming a mom is going to take away my ability to run?! But women like you prove me wrong every day!

    I live in AZ and we get REALLY hot in the summer, and during monsoon season we get humidity, too! It can be 70-80% humidity, 90 degrees at 5 am from July-September.

    I start my runs at 4:30-5 am. If it's >6 miles - also coordinate to have water dropped on the coarse (my running partners and I take turns on who "gets" to drop the water before our run). If it's really miserable, I try to find a 2-4 mile loop, so I can come back to my start point and get hydration. And I run in short shorts, sports bra, visor! I've from MN - and my 1st 3 summers living here were rough. But I've actually adjusted. I also think doing Bikram weekly a few months before summer heat kind of helps train my mind to be "okay" with sweating and overheating!

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