W3D2-Monday, August 16th
The second day of week 3 went really well. It was a little warm outside, so I opted to run on the treadmill at my gym. I decided I was going to burn extra calories so I could have some leftover birthday cake. I started my run at a 1% incline and did the entire w3d2 workout at said incline. Then I went back and did the workout a second time, increasing my incline with each run. I think I ended up at 5% or something like that. I did a total of 45 minutes and 3.2 miles. I probably could have kept going, but I needed to get home to get ready for work.
W3D3-Thursday, August 19th
I did Zumba two days ago, but took yesterday off, so I knew I needed to get a run in today before work. I changed from my pajamas into my workout clothes and went outside to test the weather. It felt OK, so I chose to run outside. I’m not sure it was the best idea I’ve ever had, but that’s beside the point.
I decided three things on my run: a. running outside is a lot harder than running on the treadmill, b. 80* is too hot for me to run outside, and c. I need to hydrate better before runs.
I knew running outside was more difficult. That’s why when the weather gets a little cooler, I run outside…so I get a better workout. It was a little discouraging to go from running on a steep incline last time I ran to barely finishing the workout this time, but I just kept telling myself I was getting a better workout in the long run.
Several factors contributed to my run not being as good as last time. One of those factors was weather. 80* doesn’t sound that hot, but when you are outside with the sun beating down on you and barely any wind, 80* is hot! I love summer, but I’m getting more and more excited for fall. I love when it gets somewhat chilly. It’s the perfect running weather!
Another factor of my less than fabulous run was hydration. I didn’t drink enough water before I left and I don’t bring my water bottle with me when I run. I may need to change this. Usually I’m alright, but the hot sun left me parched today. In fact, I need to go get a big glass of water right now.
Regardless, I finished my workout and then walked the rest of the way home. I ended up doing about 3 miles in 50 minutes. Not horrible. Hopefully the next run will be better!