Last night I may or may not have had 1 too many glasses of wine but what I am certain of is that I did not want to get up when the alarm went off at 4:30. It was too easy to hit the snooze and it wasn't until nearly 6:15 that I finally rolled out of bed. And wouldn't you know it, the DOMS were still with me too.
Since it was already approaching 90 I decided not to have any coffee and went with just the smoothie. This would only save me 15 minutes or so but every minute counts when the temperature rises quickly once the sun is out. Fortunately there was a bit of cloud cover so that would certainly help.
On the schedule for today was a 1 1/2 hour run which I figured I'd get somewhere between 6 and 7 miles in. The warmup mile went great as did the next mile which although I never got above 132 bpm came in at 11:51 which was quite a surprise. It must have been the 2 bunnies I saw.
As I got into mile 3 the clouds started to burn off and while the temperature didn't come up much I could feel my energy being sapped. It wasn't long before what had been a good run started to turn and as my HR jumped to 133, I took the first of many walk breaks.
From the 3 mile mark on under the full sun I had to slow it way down and even still I had to walk my HR down especially when on one occasion I swallowed some water wrong which caused a coughing fit which caused a spike up to 135. Later, a couple of sneezes got me into the 140s. It's really amazing how such little things effect one's HR.
Not that it was all bad though. There were flashes of brilliance as well where everything felt smooth and I would be moving along effortlessly in the high 120. My downfall would be that my brain would egg on my legs and before I knew it, the HR would go high. Pacing is what I really need to work on the most.
I'm happy with the way that both runs went this weekend. Most certainly they could have been better but I feel stronger every time out. I just need to stay the course and build one good run on top of the last. I still have doubts in my ability to BQ but I also know that I only need to peak at the right time. The trick is to figure out the right formula in the next 2+ months as well as getting my brain on board.
We shall see.