This humidity can go away any time it wants to…it’s seriously vampiring my speed. It sucks!
I did have one nice zippy run this week. Wednesday morning was delightfully dry and I was about a minute per mile faster than I had been in a couple weeks. Sweet!!
Friday morning was bad…95% humidity. You know, where it’s not “raining” it’s just wet. And you dig deep the last half mile just to balance out your average pace to something not embarrassing. Lol
I mapped out a 2.4 mile loop (anchor will be a 2.45 mile one) and planned for 3 hours, with something between 16-18 miles total. Depending on how much I ended up walking.
It was gloomy and grey and HUMID so I wore my brightest socks, which oddly matched the flowers I passed near the end of each loop.
I also tried an experiment with my watch. I turned off auto lap. I decided the easiest way mentally to not let what I knew would be a slow pace bother me mentally, was to not be reminded every mile of how bad it was. Plus it would help me decide if I do the same during the race. I mean, will I get annoyed by the alerts by mile 40? Or will I welcome them as a reminder of accomplishment. Hmmm…
So I stashed my supplies (electrolyte tablets, gels and a water bottle) in my “aid station tree” behind my house and headed off.
All in all the loop plan went well. By the fifth time around I was starting to get a little mind-weary of the route. But I needed that practice.
And having access to water (and a rest room) every mile should I need it, is an awesome thing on a warm sticky day.
Somehow, and likely due to the magic of the electrolytes, water (seriously – I drank way more than normal) and a well timed gel, I ran the whole 3 hours and 2 minutes. I didn’t expect to. I figured I’d get in 15 miles and then start walking some. But I didn’t. Yay!
Oh, and the last two miles the sprinklers came on. Oh yeah, needed that. 🙂
In total, I got in 17.01 miles at a 10:44/mi pace. And oddly, I’m quite happy with it. Because it wasnt about the pace, it was about the training experience.
And when I got home and my hubby asked “how was the run” I replied… Slimy yet satisfying. 🙂
Happy Tuesday my friends, and happy running!