Got my long run in today but I paid for it. I slept in because I'm still in a bit of a funk and just couldn't get out of bed this morning. By the time I decided to hit the trail it was 90 degrees. I loved it, for the first 5 miles. Then I came to the realization that I need water. Really badly. Really, really badly. Funny that never occurred to me BEFORE I started around the lake. You would think 90 degrees and no clouds would have clued me in, but no, the depths of my stupidity no no bounds! So I struggled through another mile and finally got to a water fountain. You could say that I bathed in that water fountain. I poured water on my head, legs, neck, back, everything that I could.
This put me back on track and I was back under 8 min/mile for the next couple miles. It felt great, the sun beating down on just me and my shoes and shorts. I hit the next water fountain and did the same. Another 2 miles and repeat at the next water fountain. This got me home and I relaxed on the last mile to cool down a bit. I ended up getting in 10 miles with 9 of them under 8 min/mile. I won't say it was easy but I do think I could have gone faster. I keep reminding myself that I am just getting used to a faster pace. I don't have to be able to run it NOW, just have to pick it up a little now so I can jump into the Boston training program at the end of August with a jump start.
After the run I got a great endorphin rush which I LOVE! This reminds me why I run these long runs. Even now I have that wonderful light-headed feeling and a great feeling of fatigue that will help me sleep great tonight. I haven't had time for a nap but maybe I'll catch one. All in all, a great day.
Thanks for listening.