But I’m not stupid.
Several of you suggested cutting my 20 miler short or rescheduling it, Beer Geek included. In fact, he offered me the option of running it Saturday morning while he watches the kids. Since I have two meetings this week and I’m volunteering at a race on Friday night, this was a huge offer on his part. He’s already doing the lion’s share of the kid watching. But, I’m taking him up on it. It’s supposed to be much cooler on Saturday, plus I can start running at 6ish am instead of at 9:30am. I’ll be done before the day really gets going.
Today I figured I’d try for 8-10 miles, but as soon as I walked out the door this morning to take the kids to school, I knew that wasn’t happening. It was already quite warm and humid. Despite a week in Mississippi and warm days here, my body is not at all ready for this kind of weather. When I headed out the door around 9:30, it was already in the low 70s, humid, and really sunny. I set a goal of a minimum of four miles and a 10:00 minute pace. I ended up managing 5 miles in 50:45, with mile 5 being by far the slowest.
Had I planned to do 20 miles today, I’m pretty sure I still would have been done around 5. My Wisconsin blood just does not like warm weather, despite living in the south for the last 25 years LOL. By rearranging my schedule, I was able to have a “successful” run and know that I will still get a 20 miler in. The race in May starts at 6:30am. The chances of the first couple of hours being too hot are slim and hopefully by then I’ll have acclimated to the weather a bit. I will do this marathon, I just might not do another. I really enjoy running up until about the 15 mile point. After that it just sucks. I’m beginning to wonder why I would take something I love to do and make it a chore?
Coming soon: A GU giveaway!!!