The need for speed.

First run in July is in the books! It was speedwork day for me yesterday and it kicked my ass. I ran 25 seconds per mile slower and it was 16 degrees hotter than the last time I did this same loop just two weeks ago! Nuts to that.

We have been having super rainy weather thanks to a depression out in the Atlantic. On Monday night the weather cooled down to a brisk 79* which was nice. I hoped that would stick around for speedwork night, but of course it did not.

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Not at all.

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I’m reverting back into a turtle, but it’s okay because this fall/winter I am going to break all kinds of PRs. I can feel it!

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This is my first summer ever doing speedwork, so it’s bound to happen, right? Right.

Unless you live under a rock, I am sure you know the US played some soccer yesterday. I think my co-worker might have watched the game at his desk… I just have a hunch about that.

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I’m not a big soccer fan, but after watching a couple games I was wondering how many miles the players run over the course of the 90+ minutes.

Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 9.53.30 PM^^ Just a little running trivia I thought you might like to know!

I feel bad complaining about the heat and humidity I’ve been running in because those poor guys look drenched and beat at the end of a game!

Do you / did you have a team in the cup? Have you gotten caught up in the frenzy? 

– I’ll be honest and say I’m more into NBA free agency right now, but I had hoped Team USA would have made it through this round.

What is your favorite thing to eat after a hard run? Do you eat immediately after? 

– I usually wait a while. I think you’re supposed to have something right after though, so I need to get better about that!

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11 Comments

  1. July 2, 2014 / 6:58 am

    Great job for getting out and doing your speed work in the insane heat! I totally understand what you mean though. Last summer I trained in the heat and humidity and got very discouraged with my paces in races/training. My sneaker guy told me not to worry and that I’d peak in the fall….and I did. I PR’d in a marathon! So just get through the heat and it will pay off. Oh yeah, and be sure to hydrate!

  2. July 2, 2014 / 7:05 am

    Right on ->”I’m reverting back into a turtle, but it’s okay because this fall/winter I am going to break all kinds of PRs. I can feel it!” Great statement!

    My office was pretty good about not watching the game, but I do admit I pulled up the score on my phone. I am looking fwd to the Brazil / Colombia matchup.

  3. July 2, 2014 / 9:13 am

    I turned the games on when I was available, but it’s hard to watch a game with such little scoring. Those fields do look massive right? I bet they run about 5 miles? And I usually get home, drink water, shower, and then eat. In that order.

  4. July 2, 2014 / 10:15 am

    Way to run through that heat, that’s what I’m talking about. Ok so the brisk 79* has me so jealous lol..Sunday was 110*, Monday 108*, and today 111*.

    I’m getting pumped for your PR binge your about to go on. The speed work will definitely pay off. I heard a few people talking about those soccer stats at work, is it wrong I thought “9.5 miles isn’t that bad” lol. I’m totally following NBA free agency too, I hope the heat do the right thing, except the big three conditions and go out and get another big time player.

  5. July 2, 2014 / 10:44 am

    That soccer game yesterday had me on the edge of my seat. I was so sad that we lost, but it was a tough match. I love smoothies after a good workout. I typically do NOT have an appetite after I workout, so a smoothie is a good balance between liquid and solid. Plus, during the hot, summer months they taste extra yummy!

  6. July 2, 2014 / 12:56 pm

    I haven’t watched any of the World Cup – my younger brother (in TX) actually tapped into our U-verse yesterday (don’t ask me how these things work!!!) so he could watch the game.
    I rarely eat right after running – it is usually several hours and I don’t have a “go-to” snack.

  7. July 2, 2014 / 3:46 pm

    I try to eat as soon as possible after a run, but sometimes its up to an hour before I get to it. Making a smoothie seems to work best for me.
    I am sure you will get lots of PRs this fall! Running in the heat feel soo much harder than when its cool out!

  8. July 2, 2014 / 5:51 pm

    Ugh I don’t even want to talk about my speed right now, stupid humidity! I’m not a huge soccer fan, but it has been fun watching the US play! It normally takes me 20-30 minutes after a run to get hungry and then I let myself eat whatever I am craving. It’s different everyday!

  9. July 3, 2014 / 12:26 am

    You are seriously my new BFF. I know no other girl who follows basketball like I do and here you are!! 🙂 I’m kinda digging the Heat’s draft pic–if anything because his name is cool lol!

    And yeah, speed work in the heat sucks 🙁

  10. July 3, 2014 / 10:05 pm

    Speedwork is the ONLY time I am still “fast” in summer. I let all my other runs be “slow”…’slower’ at least. Running in Ohio today was seriously AMAZING. I can’t wait for fall!

  11. July 4, 2014 / 10:42 pm

    Don’t you worry -when you get out of those hot temps you will fly!! I never thought about how much those guys really run on the field, that’s crazy! I usually make a shake after a hard work out and eat food a hour or two later. It seems to work for me 🙂