Back to the important stuff, RUNNING. August has been pretty amazing compared to July. Mother Nature has cooled off and turned down the humidity a little. It's not cool crisp fall weather, but I'll take it. Over the past two weeks I've been able to run 2-3 days during the week and then get a nice long run in on the weekend. Did 14 and 16 miles and both went well. I'm still not exactly where I would like to be pace-wise, but I think I can get there before Berlin. Still 52 days to go til marathon #14.
My 'cross training' has been pretty interesting this summer. I haven't been on my bike once. Which is kind of bad because I have a triathlon next weekend. But I have been swimming a few times and I got a groupon for Pole Fitness classes and have been going to that every week. It's really hard. I have a whole new respect for strippers. It is a legit workout. Granted it's pole 'fitness' not pole dancing. So it's more like Cirque du Soliel than a gentlemen's club. After the first class I could barely move the next day and nevermind two days later, holy sh*t. I've gone to 6 classes now and I don't get as sore after, but I still work up a sweat and have some nasty bruises to show for it.
Just last week, I ran 7 miles on Wednesday night and it was AWFUL. I felt like I was running through wet cement and my legs weighed a ton and every single step was EXHAUSTING. It was not too hot out, but a little humid. I'm not really sure what was up, maybe I was tired from the Pole Class the night before. Maybe I didn't drink enough water througout the day. Maybe I didn't get enough sleep the night before. Could have been any number of reasons, but it was slow and sluggish and not very enjoyable at all. I stopped to walk a few times and thought, "ugh why is this so HARD?" The next night I went out and did the exact same 7 mile loop and I ran it 10 minutes faster! It was actually a little hotter out and really windy, but I felt amazing.
I ran 5 miles Friday after work before meeting some people for drinks to celebrate International Beer Day and that went well too. I did a different loop for a change and ran towards the Science Museum instead of running towards Harvard. I'm not a fan of that side of the river for some reason, but it was a good run. The drinks were good too. I consider it training my liver for Oktoberfest after the Berlin marathon. Need to be ready for those giant German beers. :)