A dose of humility
Today was supposed to be 15 miles at 8:11 pace. I set Garmin to yell at me for anything over 8:30. I was being conservative because I HATE it when Garmin gripes at me all the time. She is wonderful and I love her to death, couldn't run without her, BUT she can be a real nag on a bad day.
I felt great. I started out slow (yes she was yelling) to make sure I got properly warmed up before trying to hit my target pace. It was really hot. This was my fault. I slept in a little too much and didn't make it out until about 11:30. Hey guess what Willie? It's F-ing hot at 11:30. No clouds either. I pushed on anyway and eventually was hitting my pace easily. I carried a bottle of Gatorade for the first 3 miles and I think this really helped. I stayed hydrated for most of the run.
I took some short breaks to hit water fountains and porta-potties. I also slowed a few times to just take the edge off the pace a bit. I was more concerned with making the 15 miles than with hitting the pace goal so I was trying to stay relaxed and not fatigued.
I stopped to rehydrate when I made it around to my car at the 10.3 mile mark. My plan was to head on around the dam for about 2.25 miles and turn around in order to get tsweat though!~ he full 15 miles. Well Willie had a bit of trouble getting going again after he stopped to drink. It was hot, the water was good, the car had air conditioning, my legs were enjoying the not-running. NO, I said, I will finish this run. I started jogging out across the dam and picked up my pace to get back in the groove. I never found the groove. I found a lot of pain and sweat though. As you can see from the numbers, I didn't make it to 15. I did walk enough to get the full 15 but I don't count that.
So you may think that Willie is upset and will be depressed but I'm not. I had a great run and it was a quality run. I blame my failure on the heat, I really think I could have made it if I had gotten out earlier. Oh well, I needed a good quality run bad. I didn't get a long run last week and I paid the price in depression all week. So I'm starting this week off on the right foot. I'm off to NY tomorrow and will be there all week. BRING ON THE HILLS! I'll be sure to write.
Thanks for listening
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