First thing's first: What kind of crazy place do I live in where 77 degrees and 80% humidity warrants a, "Hey, it's not that warm out!" response? This summer has been brutal.
Anyway, on to today's run. One thing I love about cutback weeks is not having to hit any certain mile totals. For those of you who don't know from #runchat on Twitter, I've trained for my past few half-marathons by increasing my long runs only every other week. This helps me avoid burnout and gives me extra time to recover from longer long runs. My training cycle is a little longer than usual, but it's gotten me to the start line without injury.
In training for NYC, this has also allowed me to incorporate bridge running on my cutback weeks. So far, so good.
Since I ran 17 miles last Sunday, this week was a "just go for a while" run. I figured 10 miles was a good goal. Surprisingly, I wasn't that tired from the 5-mile race last night (more on that in my next post!), or from the 5 hours of sleep I got (post-race Starbucks isn't a good idea at 8 PM).
With everyone else from JRC running different distances/paces, I was by myself for about 9.5 miles. My original plan was to take walk breaks (a fake Galloway run if you will) after every song, but after 2 miles I still felt fine and decided to try to run the whole thing. I stopped at our little water station at about the 6 mile mark, but other than that I ran it all. When I felt crappy, I slowed down, but didn't walk.
While I'd like to improve my overall pace, hitting 10 miles in Florida in August on a cutback week is fine with me.
I'm Jenn! I'm a baker, blogger, sorta-runner, and writer living in Jacksonville, Florida!