12 Miles in the Heat
|Photo of Saturday's 4 Mile Race, I'm in Blue on the Left|
Time for a 12 miler! I headed to the park. The first 4 miles, I averaged 10:00/mi and was sure that I wouldn't be running a progression run - we had another hot morning. The next 4 miles, I averaged 9:45 by reminding myself to "Pick it up!" a million times and then headed home for Zoe.
With my speedy dog, we raced down the park path for 3 miles, stopping for a gel and water and then ran a cool-down mile, thankfully. Even my dog didn't mind the slow pace because it was hot. My clothes were drenched like I'd been swimming.
When I checked my Garmin, I was happy to see the mile splits just before my cool down mile: 9:08, 8:46 and 8:49/mile. Lesson learned: don't mentally give up because it's hot. That's hard when you're face is on fire.
I ran home and drank milk, Pure Protein chocolate whey powder and peanut butter blended together. The peanut butter is key. By the way, I bought that new blue shirt at Target for just $10.