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My own running was
pretty nice last week. 28 miles, with 3 of my 4 runs faster than
usual. I stuck to the treadmill since I was forced to run after work
all week except yesterday. And we had a Braves game to get to.... Even
though it was ridiculously hot outside, we had great seats and we won!
we nearly melted in our seats, I made a quick clothes change in the car
on the interstate (I happen to be a pro at this clearly). Feeling
refreshed and finally cooled off, Adam & I went to the baby shower
of dear friends who are adopting. Seeing old friends and getting
excited about their impending arrival was a nice end to the weekend.
Here's me with some of my girls:
Hope y'all had a great weekend too!
Ah summer. The time that I retreat to my treadmill like so many Northerners do when the ice & snow hits. But yesterday I figured it was high time I get my butt outside. Scattered thunderstorms were in the forecast and I thought I might be able to snag some cooler temperatures if I ran at the right time.
While I was
driving to the Greenway, the clouds parted and the evil sun came out to
play. As soon as I hit the path, I regretted not bring my fuel belt.
Or did I? It was so hot that the extra fabric and weight might have been
not worth the uncomfortable ride.
But I settled soundly into my
first mile, feeling gleeful to fully stretch my legs after a few weeks
(gulp!) of treadmill running. 7:59.
By the second half of mile 2,
the adrenaline bubble popped and the heat bore down. I contemplated
taking my tank top off, but decided it was going to annoy me if I had to
carry it/wear it tucked into my shorts. 8:13.
Mile 3 was
intense. There was a good bit of sun exposure and running next to the
water made it feel like sauna. I back off my pace, taking shorter
strides and trying to remind myself I still needed some gas left in the
At the halfway point, I soaked my hat and part of my
tank in water. I stood at the water fountain for about a minute,
gulping water (Garmin was clicked off). Feeling a bit refreshed, I
started to head back. 8:18
Mile 5 I started to do a little fartlek
to stay under an 8:20 pace. I'd speed up and recover, trying to hover
around that 8:20 mark. By the end of the mile, any residual effects
from the wet hat and water pit stop were gone. 8:16.
Mile 6 was
good. My fartlek game got more intense. I was full on sprinting for
1/10ths of a mile with a bit longer recovery. The speed got me riled up
and as soon as I recovered, I wanted to go again. 8:06.
last mile, I waivered between a cool down mile and full on speed racer
mode. The sky got suddenly dark. I recovered for a short while and
then went into puke mode running for the last half mile.
burned and my stomach climbed into my chest. I felt so elated when I
Total of 7.02 miles in 57:15, average 8:10 pace.
this is nowhere near a great run for me timewise. I was banging out 10
milers just 'cause last fall with an easy sub-8:00 pace. But when
I got to the car, I checked the weather. Real Feel of 111F!!
I rechecked it about 3 times because I couldn't believe it. I mean, I
was hot, but jeez!