This week was all about avoiding the heat. New York burned up so bad the zucchini plants in my front yard shriveled up and died. Not wanting to join them, I made sure to carry extra water and stick to routes with drinking fountains. I had to go a little easy on myself where pace was concerned, not getting too upset when my 1000 repeats came in closer to 4:40 than 4:25. By the end, my legs still felt heavy and overtired, so I think I worked hard enough. On Thursday my tempo run became a Fartlek when a rough patch of dizziness made it all too clear there was no way for me to sustain race pace for 5 miles at 95° Farenheit (after sundown!), even though I was pouring water over my head and down my back every quarter mile mark and sucking down water from my handheld like a fish.
There’s no way to be sure, of course, but it seems to me like the heat gets to me worse than others. In groups I’m often the first to tug my shirt over my head and tuck it into my waistband. I’m always complaining about the heat, even in the springtime, and I love the winter, sporting shorts in all but the coldest weather. I like the sun of course, but in the summer I grumble at it and seek out the shadows like a vampire. When I’m running beaches and open fields are my enemy, and the sunscreen is so thick on my face and arms it feels like I put it on with a spackling knife. Maybe it’s because of my fair skin? Although I can hardly say that now, since my runner’s tan has browned and freckled me like a Thanksgiving Turkey.
Whose bright idea was a fall marathon, anyway?
Here’s the week:
S – 15 miles, last 2 @ 9:00/mile
M – off
T – 5x 1000m repeats @ 4:30, 4:42, 4:40, 4:38, warmup and cool-down (7 total)
W – 5.5 miles at the hash
Th – 8 mile Fartlek
F – About 5 miles all together
Sat – Didn’t make it out to run. I felt bad, but I had this work thingy, so…eh.
Total: About 40 miles
Definitely less than my goal of 42-ish miles, but not by much. This week I’m really gonna have to step it up to get to 44, definitely run on Saturday, definitely drink a little less (but cold beer is so good when it’s hot!) and get up a little earlier.
Here’s the plan for the upcoming week:
S – 12
M – off
T – 60 minutes
W – 5x 1000m repeats @ 4:25, 600m rest. 1.5 mile wu/cd 
Th – 60-80 min
F – 5m @ race pace, 1.5mi wu/cd 
S – 3 miles and/or XT
Total: appx. 44 miles