Thursday, May 10, 2012

TOT Training Week 5 and 6

The summer in Florida is already in full swing. Somehow the state misunderstood the whole "Spring Forward" thing and decided to "spring" ahead to summer instead of just increasing the hour on the clock. Alas, the training must go on as I am now in week 6 of training for the runDisney Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-miler.

What this does mean, however, is that now I need to be more careful about monitoring my heart rate, keeping hydrated, and remembering to wear sunscreen. Read more about summer hydration here.

Even though I didn't post last week about my progress, I really was still training. I'm actually very impressed that between the crafting, weather, and other work duties that I was able to keep up with it. 
I'm now up to 4 miles on my weekend long run. During the week I still try to get 2.5 miles in, but since I run in the evenings  that isn't always possible with the heat. Typically, I still get 2 miles in, so I'm good with that.  On the weekend long run I go in the morning, so it's not as bad. However, I do need to get out earlier as I increase my miles. I'm now crossing into the territory of needing fuel and hydration for the longer runs. I've been doing research and asking lots of questions to my running friends of when, how much, and what. This was so much easier when I didn't have to think about it. I'm sure as time goes by it will get easier, but I'm feeling like a fish out of water right now.

This is the last week of the 4 mile run and then I increase to 4.5 miles.  I'm really liking these baby steps. It makes it feel more achievable. Until next week, keep moving and try to stay cool!

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