I know I've complained about the heat before, but I swear this time it's warranted. It was so bad I even put on sunscreen. I thought if I just kept it slow enough and kept up with my fluid intake that I'd be fine for 14 miles. My poor biker was weaving just to keep balanced, as I was well above 10 minutes per mile.
My legs never had any bounce. The air I breathed felt like a warm kitchen sponge. My tech tank top was soaked by three miles and removed by five miles. Seven miles in I said, "We're cutting this short." I'm allergic to heat stroke, so the run lasted a plenty-long 10 miles, and took almost two hours to complete. Not my best day, but it was by far the hottest.
Thankfully, this was another step-back week, so I don't feel too broken up about not getting in the week's full mileage.
This weekend: The Summer Un-Solstice Challenge awaits.
Backtrack to My Last Track
Last Thursday, as noted, I ran 10 x 400s with the goal of going sub-1:45 for each interval. Sorry, Nitmos, still no failures to report. Ten intervals is way too many to list, so I'll give you the shortened version of the statistical rundown:
10 x 400 meters
- Goal pace: Sub-1:45 per interval (7:02 per mile)
- Fastest Lap (10): 1:31.9 (6:06 per mile)
- Slowest Lap (6): 1:40.16 (6:42 per mile)
- Average pace: 1:37.2 (6:31 per mile)
- Total distance: 6.7 miles
While in New York City this weekend for a wedding, my running was forced into a Days Inn "fitness center," which contained one treadmill, one stationary bike and and one elliptical. If I had to run on a treadmill, I would not be a runner. Why subject yourself to this awful torture?
Six miles felt terrible. I was counting every tenth of a mile. Just getting the infernal thing started was a pain in the ass. My first mile was 11:06, as I was trying to get the settings up to my pace (Incline 2.0, Speed 6.0). After that, I marked 9:48 miles but that first mile pushed me past an hour of just-shoot-me-and-get-it-over-with running.
[Drunkard's note: I was probably picking sauerkraut from my beard at Nathan's in Coney Island when that plane collided with the helicopter.]