I think I am done running in the heat. I ran today right around noon and it was miserable. If the forecast calls for anything around 90 degrees, I am getting up early in the morning to run. It's just not worth running when it's this hot. Your energy level is just sapped after a short amount of time.
I ran today's nine-miler under the goal pace of 8:25. I came in at an 8:15, but it was a struggle. All things considered, I'll take it though. 85 degrees and coming in under goal is something to be happy about.
Wednesday's run also was actually much worse than today's. I was supposed to run 7 miles with three of them at a 6:38 pace. I only made it 2 miles of the 3 at the 6:38 pace. I just didn't have the energy or stamina that day. I know I said it much earlier on, but there are some day when you just don't have it. I feel pretty good about the fact that they are only coming every three weeks or so.
I am seriously considering changing my hard run day from Wednesday to Friday. I have had a few instances during this training period where I get fatigued on the back-to-back runs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I am not really sure how much the heat has to do with it, but I am not really sure I want to find out if that's the reason. The Wednesday hard runs are designed to push my body and further prepare myself to run faster for a longer amount of time. In theory, the more times I do it and more miles I can add on, the easier it should become. I want to be able to give the hard runs 100%, so it may be best to swap them with the Friday run.
So, I have a big 20 miler on tap for Sunday morning. I am going to try to get up and get the run in before it gets really hot. I'll be sure to let you know how it goes.
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