It finally feels like summer. Its consistently warm outside, I’m running out of tv shows to watch and I spend a lot of time reminding myself I still have several weeks of summer left. At least we aren’t at the inevitable downward climb where going back to school seems way too close for comfort.
Luckily, I’ve been able to take up something I’ve only dreamed about over the past year- reading for fun. I’ve already managed to read three books (though one was very short). David and Goliath, We Should All Be Feminists, and And the Mountains Echoed were my first picks of the summer and I have no regrets. David and Goliath and And the Mountains Echoed have been on my to-read list for entirely too long. They definitely lived up to expectations. I can’t be too surprised since I’m a big fan of both Malcolm Gladwell and Khaled Hosseini.
We Should All Be Feminists is the first thing I have ever read by Chimamanda Ngozi Achide, and while its not a pure literary work, was an excellent foray into her mind. It was an adaption of a TED Talk she made by the same name, and I sure did enjoy it. Its less than 100 pages, thought provoking and something everyone should seriously read. Its a tiny book- I could see myself giving it out as gifts to be honest. I already gave my copy to my mother to read. Its truly a great essay.
Unsurprisingly, my current read is Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay. Its a collection of essays covering topics spanning personality, race, gender and sexuality. Gay even tackles these topics using contemporary examples such as TV shows, fiction books and music. I’m about a third of the way through, and I feel like I’m just sitting down listening to a really smart close friend talk to me. Its honestly one of the greatest books I’ve read and I’m not even done with it yet. She is so honest about who she is and accepting of flaws she isn’t embarrassed to admit she has.
Anyways, as the title states this is week three of Peachtree Road Race training. Last week was pretty much a bust because I was battling some random cold/sinus thing that I suddenly came down with. My total weekly mileage last week was a struggling 3 miles that involved a ton of walking meekly in the hot sun. It was humbling to say the least.
This week is something I can definitely be proud of.
Total Weekly Mileage- 8 Miles. Followed the training plan exactly.
Monday- Did some yin yoga to stretch
Tuesday- 2.5 Miles on the treadmill. It was raining all day so I turned to the trusty treadmill. It was much easier to keep a consistent pace considering you have full control and the treadmill doesn’t have rolling hills. Whenever I run on the treadmill I feel like I struggle to keep as cool. I don’t realize it when I’m running, but afterwards my entire body turns red for about an hour. Its a little odd to see in the mirror. I honestly look sunburned.
Wednesday- Rest Day
Thursday- 2 Miles on the road. I had to squeeze this in before work and I really enjoyed it. 2 miles is such an approachable length because you are confident you can finish it. The weather was great at about 8 am. I really loved it.
Friday- Strength Training. Not much to say here, but it was all bodyweight.
Saturday- 3.5 Miles on the road. I was so concerned I wouldn’t be able to handle and finish this run without a walking bread, but I did it! My concern primarily came from the fact that my last GOOD long run was done completely on the tread mill and almost a full two weeks prior. I kept the pace nice and easy which meant slower than a turtle, but I’m not ashamed. I still accomplished way more than most people can and didn’t give up. This is also the longest distance I’ve ever run so it was a great milestone. The weather was pleasant this morning and I felt the best when I was under some shade from the trees. I probably should have used my inhaler prior, but I wasn’t thinking clearly early this morning obviously.
I think my biggest worry at this point is finding routes for my long runs. Today I ran all over the place, up one street down the other going back to the same main street. I felt like I was weaving through the neighborhoods. I guess I’ll have to explore deeper parts of my neighborhood which is pretty exciting as I add distance to my weekend runs. I’m also a bit concerned about staying adequately hydrated in this heat, but I’ve been waking up even earlier to take sips of water the whole hour prior to my run. My hat is a life saver! It was a great investment and it feels so good to not have the sun directly on your face. I need to get to the local running store and buy my SPIbelt aka glorified fanny pack before the 13th.