The heat here lately has been sucking all of my motivation to run long or run fast. I’ve been all about the short runs at a 10+ minute pace. Knowing today was going to be 78 degrees at 6:30 am and 80 degrees at 8:00 am, I wasn’t particularly motivated to get up and out early. It was going to suck either way. Knowing I only needed 6 miles to hit my 20 for the week and knowing that I had two days to get the miles in didn’t particularly motivate me either.
I finally headed out at around 8:15, knowing I needed to be back by a few minutes to 9, I planned 3 easy miles. Mile 1 – 9:29 and it didn’t suck. Hmm, mile 2 – 9:36 and it still felt pretty good. Mile 3 – 9:21, ok, that felt a little too fast. Mile 4 – 9:42. Crap, I’m feeling great, but I have to get home. Isn’t that how it always happens?
I got home and Beer Geek headed out, so I hit the treadmill for another 3 miles (1.3 barefoot). My average pace for the 7 miles was about 9:40 and I could have definitely kept going if the natives hadn’t gotten restless.
You know it’s been hot for a while when an 80 degree run feels “pleasant”. And I know I’ve been whining a lot about the weather, but it’s been unusually hot this June. Usually the average high is 85 in June and so far this month only 5 days have been below 85. 14 days have been about 90 and we’ve hit 100 once already.