I had to do 13 miles today.( this weeks mileage=31) The first 5 miles went by really quick, and easily. We ( CAR) took to the RV park route, which is rolly hilly, but I was feeling great! Holding a good 830-845 pace, I was having my normal fun running; feeling my improvements :)...then mile 7.5 hit. ( I turned around at 6.5 out)
When I turned around, I still felt ok, but the heat was definitely on the rise, at 8am! geez...By mile 7.5ish, I could tell I needed to slow my pace, and now just go into survive this run mode. o! So I dropped it down to 9-910 min. pace. In this heat, you just do what you can to get through it.
The last 2 miles were the hottest/hardest. I veered off to the bike path (Capital Crescent) so I could have shade, and kept my eye sight somewhat downward, b/c mentally I did not want to see what distance I had left. Basically, I had to zone out...
Finally! Made it!...and I ran straight to the fountain at Fletcher's, before heading to my group, and just poured cold water over my head and neck, aahhhh! Then I proceeded to meet with my teammates/coach, who were equally drenched, lol...
Tired, and drenched from ounces of sweat, and the from the water I poured on myself post run, I was happy to be done,and still feels great to get out there and run...I love this sport!
Next week it looks like it'll be 10 degrees cooler! Here's hoping!! :)
Side note... During the last 4 miles of this run, all I wanted/craved was a huge cup icy Nuun! Which was the the 1st thing I did when I returned home! I made my ice cold nuun drink, and drank it down! mmmm:)