The weather turned hot this weekend with temperatures in the high 70s and 80s. Hitherto this heat wave, the temperature had only reached the mid-70s. The first hot runs always drain me more than I anticipate.
The lesson this weekend: Re-institute proper hydration before, during and after runs.
Friday evening, before reveling in the dominance that is a 51-ounce plastic bottle of Baltika No. 9 and Cavaliers basketball, I tried to knock out a few more miles toward my monthly goal.
I had just run six miles Thursday night at a 9:05 clip. I thought I would go for a trail run because trails have lots of trees and trees mean shade and shade means I'd be less hot.
Trails also tend to have more hills and steeper slopes, which mean more exertion, which means more hot.
I ran just under five miles at a 12:00 mile pace. I felt destroyed and many times had to take walk breaks. The heat owned me.
I fared much better on Sunday, but it was still a hot one. I wanted to run eight miles, but I cut it short to six because of the heat.
This time I was smarter, realizing I need to acclimate to the summer-like weather. I started at 10:33 per mile for the first half, but kicked it into 8:44 pace to finish at 57:50 for an overall pace of 9:38.
After my run, I found a great sale on a Unibroue four-pack sampler. I bought two and watched the Cavs finish off a four-game sweep of lowly Detroit in Round 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs while the Tribe avoided a three-game sweep by beating Minnesota.
Today, the Indians start a three-game series against the Red Sox, so I'm sure I'll hear from Boston's annoying fans.
This weekend capped off my first 20-mile week in five weeks. I have 16 more miles to go if I'm going to beat last month's tally of 57.
[Drunkard's note: For the record, I do count partial miles in the overall monthly tally, but I won't count 57.1 miles as a success. It has to be at least 58.]