I ended my blog entry yesterday morning with the intention of getting out to get my 3 miles in before it got too hot. Well, I got out and did it but not before it was WAY TOO HOT!!!
Mile 1 went quite well. Again, I felt good and loose and went out comfortably but too fast given the conditions. A solid, conversational 13:19. The next half of mile 2, I remained steady but soon started to fade under the intense heat. For a half mile, I played peek-a-boo with the cloud cover, walking when the sun was out, and running when the sun was hidden. It was brutal.
I decided I'd run the last mile but after just a couple hundred yards, I was done and I slowed to a brisk walk. Bad news? Not really. An interesting thing happened. I was watching the Garmin and noticed that I was walking quite a bit faster than I had in the past. I can't remember every being able to walk any faster than around 20 minutes/mile, maybe 19 m/m at the fastest. Well, I hit the lap counter to see how quickly I could walk the remainder of mile 3. Turned out, I quite easily maintained a 17:30 pace. I know, I know. That's very, very slow but for me, it was a pleasant surprise to know that I've picked up my walking that much. I think it has a lot to do with the recent weight loss and working on my flexibility.
So, the question is do I include that last mile 3 in my "running" log? I think............so! Yes. I will. Actually, the effort I put into that last mile was just about what an easy mile would have been, running in normal conditions.
No normal stats. I just did the 3 miles in about 45 minutes. That's about 15:20 pace. I'm definitely going to get smart next week and do some wee hour running. I'm kind of glad it's a cutback week.