The temperatures climbed into the 90’s again yesterday and today, so my hottest Friday FAC 5k of the year was in September. 96 degrees and clear skies and I learned a lesson I already knew well; Donald is a cold weather animal, more husky than camel. My 5k time was a stumbling 32:45, including almost 2 minutes of sucking wind and gulping water less than a mile from the end. I managed a great kick to pass one of my struggling co-workers in the last tenth, but it cost me; I couldn’t run the mile back to my car and had the walk of shame all the way back.
As I’m training for 2 half marathons this autumn, falling apart at 4.4 miles on any run, no matter what the pace, isn’t confidence inspiring. If nothing else, this makes me glad I signed up for an early October and a November half, not a September one! Plus it gives me a lot of sympathy for those runners during the Boston and Chicago Marathons in recent years when the temperatures were in the 80’s. I’ll take more seasonal temperatures, thank you kindly!
I had another (easy) 5 miles planned for today, and I’m thinking that in the spirit of easy, I will spare my system the 95-feels-like-100 weather and go do it on the treadmill at the gym. Tomorrow the forecast is for a much nicer day for my 11 mile long run, and that’s my real priority for the week.
With 4 weeks until the Brooksie Way Half Marathon, 9 weeks until Stomp the Grapes, I’ve established a 5 days a week schedule with 2 easy, 2 workouts and a long run. The workouts are a “tempo run” on Fridays (which I’m still figuring out how to do right) and intervals that alternate between 800m intervals and hill repeats on Tuesday. I feel like I’m in shape to run a half-marathon, and the Brooksie I just plan to run, but the real question is whether I’m in shape to race by November for Stomp the Grapes. I want to beat up that first PR from Pittsburgh and earn my magnet in style.