No Vacation Goes Unpunished
Vacation was too hot. Running was not pleasant. Now work is crazy. 85 miles last week:
Tuesday: 20 @ 6:59 pace
Wednesday: 10 @ 8:52 pace
Thursday: 15 @ 6:38 pace
Friday: 10 @ 8:44 pace
Saturday: 20 @ 7:14 pace
Sunday: 10 @ 6:42 pace
Felt sluggish, heat is too much (yes, I know, I don’t know what heat actually is). These are the worst days for running for me though. Suffering since last Saturday’s race.
Speaking of the race:
The bad – felt horrible from mile 2 on. I carried a small water bottle with me to help with the heat. It didn’t help. No speed, I was drained, and I lost one place at mile 5 – ending up in 6th in 29:40. Ran most of the race a few yards behind a competitor, neither gaining or losing. I wanted to close the gap but I was just hanging on. I hate just hanging on. This race was almost a carbon copy (time & place) of the last time I ran this race over five years ago.
The good – the five in front of me were the usual suspects that usually finish in front of me. I wanted, of course, to have a better showing and finish with them but it was not to be. The winner’s time was near the time I was shooting for. Which means that the heat must have got to the top five finishers as well.
I think I need a string of cold days to make me feel better. I haven’t had the urge to run hard for over a week.