Another Saturday, another car show which meant a shorter run this afternoon, pushing my LR to tomorrow. I'm ok with this since it was still an increase over last week and it put me over 100 miles for the month. Let the new streak begin.
I know it's hard for some people to believe, especially those in the Northeast that were dealing with snow today, but it was almost too hot to run at 5:15 with the mercury still above 90. This is both the curse and blessing that comes with living and training in Arizona. We have some brutally hot months that make for some difficult runs but come the cooler fall weather we are primed for PRs. I'm hoping this pays dividends for me in September when I make a BQ attempt in what should be a much cooler Illinois.
It was a long day with the truck but at least I had shade so after a short nap, some ENERGYbits (check out the sidebar ==>) and a decent warm up, I was off for 6 miles. Like I said, it was still on the warm side so I was already resigned to the fact that I was in for some slow miles. Just have to keep remembering that right now it ain't about speed. That is still a week away.
Feeling pretty good I may have been a tad overzealous so my HR came up pretty quick and had to scale back somewhat. Regardless my pace seemed pretty good and I was quite happy turning a 10:37 in mile 1 although I was noticing I was starting to get hot and needed to cut my pace a little more. At least there was a bit of a crosswind.
Miles 2 through 5 were much slower however (10:57-11:17-11:14-11:12) but at least they were consistent. Also, aside from the occasional lapse in concentration, I was able to keep the HR in check and would only get the momentary buzz from the Garmin. I need to be careful because I really was playing it too close by staying at 135-137 bpm throughout. The run closed out with a 10:39 final mile but that is mainly due to an elevation loss of 20 feet over the last half mile or so.
All and all I was happy with the run as it's another building block on the road to BQ. With 16 miles on the schedule for tomorrow and more warm weather, I will be another early morning. I just have to suck it up and accept the fact that if I want this, I won't be able to sleep in on the weekends anymore. I can't have it both ways.
Week ending March 28th - 31.8 miles