Another day, another run and with the alarm set for 3:30 my hope was to be on the road at 5ish as the sun was coming up to beat the heat. Believe it or not, I was.
For the first time in a week I was actually running in reasonable temperatures, low 70s, and it felt wonderful.This also made for a good warmup mile where I was able to bring the HR up gradually and was right where I wanted to be at the 1 mile mark.
Lately on my Saturday runs I have been focusing on pace but given the stress from the heat I decided to make today a MAF run and keep the HR under 137 bpm as I was hoping to get in 18 good miles. We seemed to be off to a good start.
My biggest concern for the run was that I hadn't slept very well. I was tossing and turning all night and woke up frequently. This wasn't helped with some of our cats being shits either. Still a lot of the sleep issue had to do with the bad run I had last Saturday as well the the early wake up.
For the most part everything was going well with only a few HR buzzes in the first couple miles. That is until just after mile 3 when I let my mind drift and spiked my HR to 151 dwelling on something that annoyed me at work yesterday. Time to walk for a bit and get in the now.
Once I was back at it I was doing ok once again but the miles were still slow. I was into that slight incline portion of the route and as usual was going to be dealing with a headwind for the next 2 miles as well. That's alright I thought, just need to press on.
When I made the turn north, I was now entering the easy portion of the run but I really wasn't into it. Sure my legs were feeling it as it was starting to warm up but I was feeling pretty good. Really it was more that I still had last week's run in my head. I wasn't confident that I was going to be able to do 18 which manifested into doubts about my ability to BQ. Let the mind games begin.
After fueling with ENERGYbits at mile 7 as normal I was doing ok and was prepping for loop number 2. The plan was to stop outside the community at the cooler I left out, rehydrate, have a banana and be on the way.
Unfortunately just before I hit the break after mile 9, I could feel my TFL starting to tighten up. We've been here before and this was a cause for concern. Then, when the break finally came, to add to the suck, the banana was so overripe it was mush. I also tried to keep my legs loose and moving but after a minute or so they began to feel like mush too. That was it; timer stopped, run over at 9 miles.
Now, I could take this as a defeat but I didn't. It was still a quality run which is more important than pushing through and crashing and burning. I was actually happy that I got some miles in and it was not even 7 am. After uploading my results to Garmin Connect, it was back to bed to get some recovery in.
Tomorrow is another day and who knows what that will bring.
Week ending June 20th - 20.4 miles