So week three Dopey Challenge training is in the books! And people who run around here really lucked out cause the weather dropped for a couple days. Instead of being 85% humidity combined with the extreme Texas heat, we had a stretch of 60 degree temps in the mornings!!! It was still humid, but man did it feel great to be out there in cooler temps. I felt like a whole new runner!
The weekday runs and workouts were still hot, but I got through them no problemo. In fact, I ran one of my evening runs at near my 5k pace of 7:00 min miles – cooler temps + being around some fast runners were the reasons me thinks. The weekend came though and I was glad for the cooler temps. My schedule called for a short 3 miles on Saturday and 11 miles on Sunday. 3 sounded silly, so I did 4, then went to an hour of yoga. Afterwards a group of old friends got together for a mini reunion of sorts, where I did enjoy their company and also a few Guinnesseseses.
I guess some of my friends were glad to see me.
I’m glad to report that the health benefits claims of Guinness must be true, because I woke up early for my 11 miler and handled it pretty well. Like I said, the cooler temps helped too!
Anyway, that’s all I got right now. More than enjoying this rest day and get back at it tomorrow!
Peace out internet!
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So RunDisney tweeted this week that their official training for the Dopey Challenge begins this week. That must mean we’re 28 weeks away, as they follow a 28 week program. I am going to follow Hal Higdon, and he has an 18 week program for the Goofy Challenge. But in that program, week 1 features a long run of 10 miles, so you better already be in decent shape before you start! I’m a couple months from starting, but already my miles are going up in preparation. This past Sunday I ran 9. Would’ve run more but passed by my house at mile 9 and decided to call it a day.
And can I just say that the freaky cooler temps we got this week are making a huge difference. It’s July. In Texas. It should be miserable like it was last week with temps reaching 104. This week the lows are in the 60’s and highs in the 80’s. Holy crap that’s awesome. I’ve been getting up early to go run in the 60 degree temps just to take advantage. And can I also say that running in these temps makes it so much easier to run. Makes me feel better about my conditioning as I was struggling during some of the high 90’s runs. Had to take some walk breaks to cool down. But with the cooler temps, no need to stop. So glad that that’s the case!
So, I’ve been running track workouts with a friend and he’s signed up for a race on July 4th. He kept asking me to register. I ran it last year and wasn’t sure about doing it this year. But the cooler weather has swayed me. I need to run that day anyway, so why not race? Who knows when we’ll get temps like these again? Gotta keep taking advantage!
Anyway, I’ll fill you in with a race preview tomorrow. Holla!
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