Hotlanta Half Training – Week 9

Hi everyone! How has your week been? I don’t know about you all, but this has felt like a very long “short” week!

I am just one week away from the Hotlanta Half marathon.  This week I tried hard to get back into a fitness routine after vacation, and really tried to start getting acclimated to the heat and humidity.  We’ve been really lucky this year in Atlanta in that it took a lot longer to get hot.  Summer is definitely here now, and a lot of us runners would usually be acclimated to it by now but instead are slugging through our runs.

Here’s how this week went:

Monday: 4 miles.  This was my first run back from vacation and had planned to go longer, but ended up having to do a run/walk to keep my heart rate down.  I decided to cut the run short and felt so guilty about it all day.

Tuesday: Rest day.  First day back at work after vacation and I definitely had the post-vacation blues bad.

Wednesday: 4 miles for Global Running Day!  I was nervous for how this run was going to go.  While it was hard, it was manageable and I got through all 4 miles with no walk break.  As a side note, I recently found the perfect pair of long run shorts (which I tested out Wednesday morning).  Check out the Be Free Short from Athleta.  They have a 7″ inseam so they prevent chafing, but also, they have great pockets on the side! They’re perfect for fitting your cell phone and gels.


Thursday: 3 miles.  Another sweaty run but better!

Friday: Rest day.  I had planned to cross train but ended up sleeping in; working from home meant I could get some serious sleep and I clearly needed it.

Saturday: 10 miles.  Carrie and I met up with MARC and ran 10 miles through Atlanta.  I had never run this route, so it was a great distraction from the heat and humidity.  We started our run at 6:30 to beat the heat, and it was still well over 70 at the start.  We ran through the set-up of 2 summer festivals, including one that had a 5k going on.  It was fun to see so many runners out and about!


That afternoon, Carrie and I had a girls day.  We hung at the pool for a little bit then went inside to watch movies & eat lots of yummy snacks.  Also, Carrie recently bought these things (I forget what they are called) and I got to spend an hour with them on…I will be borrowing them a lot during marathon training!


Sunday: Rest day.  I don’t have a lot of plans today, but at some point will venture out for a pedicure.  I’m just going to try to get caught up on some things around the house and get ready for another busy week.  I’ll be travelling again this week to Arkansas, gone from very early Tuesday morning (8am flight) and not getting back until late Friday night.  Thank goodness the race next week isn’t until Sunday!

Overall, I’m not sure how I’m feeling about the Hotlanta Half.  It’s not a goal race for me, but I am very nervous about the weather.  Currently, the highs over the weekends are forecasted to be close to 100 and the lows are in the low 70s – which will make for a very hot race, even early in the morning.  I think that the heat combined with the very hilly course will make this race will be more about mental toughness than physical ability.

Who else is running the Hotlanta Half? How are you feeling about the race???

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  1. Hey Jess! I’m excited to run Hotlanta but I’ve heard so much about the hills in ATL that I’m very -very nervous. 😳 I heard Richmond isn’t hilly so I’m happy about that. At least Hotlanta will have an amazing medal! I love BLING! 😂 Dee

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