If there is one disadvantage to getting out of work and on the road an hour earlier with my new schedule is that the temps haven't started to come down yet.
With summer back in the desert, it was going to be in the high 90s for what was looking like a 5 mile slog. Another predictor of a slow is when my HR is at 94 bpm before I set foot outside the door so I just had to take what the run was going to give me.
Try as I may to keep the HR down on the warmup mile I was already at 130 by the time I hit the half mile mark and by the time I got to the first split, I was already up to the high limit of 137. This with an 11:48 mile. Yes, it was going to be that slow.
The only thing I had going for me was there was a light breeze to make it a little more bearable and with the sun still shining bright I decided to go shirtless to soak up some much needed vitamin D. [I got back my Inside Tracker results and found I'm very D deficient but that will be the subject of some future post.]
There's really not much more to it than that. For the next 3 miles I struggled to keep my HR under 137 while still maintaining some semblance of good running form; it's damn hard to run slow correctly that's for sure.
That said, they may be slow now but come the fall when I'm fully heat adapted these miles in the sun will have me flying. Granted, Geneva IL has seen it's share of hot September days with highs in the 90s, the worst I can expect at the 6:30 am race start is somewhere in the upper 70s with high humidity. Bring it on!
Well that's it for now. Tomorrow is a rest day and then it's a scheduled 18 on Saturday with the alarm set for 4 am. Yeah it sucks but sacrifices must be made otherwise I'll be fighting near 100 degree temps. I'm also going to give Generation UCAN a try so we'll see had it goes.
Oh, did you notice the fancy new countdown clock? (===>)