I guess it’s not as hot as peak summer, but the last two weekends have involved runs in 100% humidity. Last weekend was 20 miles with the last 20 minutes faster than race pace, I was actually cramping at the end and spent rest of the day with a horrible headache. My clothes weighed about 20 pounds after the run, they were so saturated with layers of sweat. My headache was bad enough I gave in and ordered salt pills after spending most Saturday’s this summer with a headache. Better late than never? This weekend was an alleged cold front and a 5k. Like most marathoners I fear 5ks. They are way too fast and hurt the whole time. But I’ve learned that I have to do things like this to get faster. We had a good workout Thrusday and I felt confident until I woke up to 75 degrees and 100% humidity (that’s a cold front?). The 5k was in my neighborhood which was pretty hard to beat for convenience. So there was just a short jog to the start and we were off. It was myself and Maria and George (aka coach). As expected it hurt and I didn’t quite hit my paces given the humidity but I came out of it wanting to run another. I really want to get better and these short, painful races are key. We all came away with hardware, which was cool. And I actually won a gift certificate! It was to a crossfit gym though, so that was promptly given away. (Dang)
Today was just a 10 miler which you are allowed to say the last couple weeks of marathon training, even though it sounds obnoxious. But it was brutal, and discouraging. It was so muggy I was drenched a mile in and I spent the rest of the day with a massive hangover sensation. From 10 stupid miles, and I took salt. I survived much worse runs this summer with much less carnage but I guess my body is just ready for fall.
Halloween decorations are up, humidity be damned.