I overcame my inner slacker and kept on the program. It helped a lot that week four seemed to be a bit of a recovery week. Week five definitely was not a recovery week, with some sprinting and hills thrown in the mix, but as I've said before, after working on staying in a lower heart rate zone for a majority of the runs up to this point, I found myself looking forward to these runs where I could let my heart race. Speaking of heart rates I was shocked to see that my resting rate had dropped to 48 just before my long run on Saturday. At first I thought my monitor was broken.
We've had a pretty mild summer for Las Vegas after our initial heat wave early in July (meaning it only gets up to about 104 instead of 117). It doesn't make daytime runs that much more pleasant, but the nights and mornings have been beautiful.
I changed my route for my long run and wound up in the middle of nowhere north of Vegas.
You never know what you'll find out here. I'm sure this big empty structure has some purpose, but I've started calling it the Zombie Pen.
On to week six. The next two weeks are going to be a bit challenging simply because we have our family vacation coming up and I'm going to need to be creative to get my running in. Worse case scenario I just repeat these weeks if I feel that I didn't accomplish what I needed to.