As you know, just because it's a race day I'm not absolved from getting in some MAF miles so after the 40 minute drive home and some rehydration I switched shoes, got in a bit of a warmup and hit the road for 6 miles. By now it was in the mid-90s so I prepared myself for a slow and easy run. I also made sure to fuel up on some more ENERGYbits (==>) and bring some water along for the run.
For the most part, I got what I expected. It was hot, I was fatigued and it was slow going. I tried not to dwell too much on the race as I plodded along in between the 11:50s and the low 12s but with the slow pace, my mind wanted to wander.
At least I have Christine's HRM to use so I was able to stay on point as far as the HR went. It shouldn't be much of a surprise that it wanted to stay in the mid-130s but except for a few coughing spasms I had no trouble for the first 4 miles. Even then it wasn't too bad, I just had to slow down more.
I was glad when it was over and even though I could have easily done only 4 or 5 miles I was glad I stuck with the plan. I was even more gladder that Christine had cooked up some bacon which we scarfed down and then both fell asleep on the couch for a much needed nap.
Week ending May 2nd - 28.6 miles