10 More Humid Miles
This whole week has been so hot and humid. I had planned to run 10 miles with 6 fast miles (may have been too hard even in cool weather!), but when I saw that it felt like 90* at 7AM, I changed the plan: run 1 mile fast, run 0.75 mile fast, run 0.5 mile fast, and run 0.25 mile fast with slow running in between the intervals. Sounded doable even in the heat and if I felt good, I'd do the whole routine twice. (I didn't.)
After a 15 minute warm-up, I started on the fast mile, hoping for at least a 9:00/mile. Got it - 8:26! I gave all I had in the first mile, though - the rest of my timed intervals came out at 9:03, 9:05 and 8:24. I ate a gel, got a drink, and sat on a bench. I didn't really think about it - about sitting, but I was so tired - and there was that nice bench. I made myself get up and stretch. When I started running again, my legs were heavy - I sat too long.
I ran five more miles which included an unplanned run home for some cold Gatorade (it tasted so good) and back to the park to finish my run, where I used all kinds of games to keep going - try to remember words to songs, guess which landmark is 0.1 mile away, and try to keep up with other runners.
Running in the humidity has not gotten easier. It feels like it's slowly wearing me down, making me more tired as this humid week progresses.
And now that I've written that unhappy post, I have good news: it's raining and it's cool outside. So my running shoes are drenched (I left them outside to air out), but the weather is looking up!
Photo: See the rain coming down in my back yard? Wish you could feel how cool it is!