Yesterday, a very generous friend offered to take both boys (she has one boy Jones’ age) so that I could go for a run. I took her up on it and headed out for a run around 2:30 pm in 86 degree weather. I had my handheld filled with berry nuun and didn’t push myself and it still sucked. Even going at a 10 minute pace was hell. After I got home, it took me forever to stop sweating.
I figured today’s run had to be better. I was wrong. Within the first few minutes, I had to adjust my speed goals. At the end of the first mile (9:56), I knew a tempo of any sort was out of the question, so decided to try for a progressive run. While I did manage that (9:50, 9:48, 9:35, 9:27), it was quite possibly the worst run ever. I had to remind myself that if I could run the last mile of the marathon, I could manage to run the last mile of a 5.5 mile run. Yeah, it was that bad. I think my half mile cool down may have been closer to an 11 minute pace. And, honestly, if I didn’t have the 20 mile per week goal, I totally would have stopped after mile 3. Oh well, at least it’s done.
Now I can focus on enjoying the rest of my day. :o) Possible alcohol influenced post to occur later ’cause Jess is still recovering from having Norah.
And a little back talk at Glaven… Beer is my first choice of alcohol, but my tastes tend toward darker, heavier beers. I will NOT EVER drink a budmilloor beer (no offense to those who like that kind). I’d rather drink water. Anyways, in the summer, it’s difficult to find any darker beers on tap at most restaurants, so I often opt for a Merlot or Shiraz instead. You live with Teh Bride, so you should understand the love of a good dark beer. Now, get off my case. ;o) Oh, and feel free to feel jealous as I type on my Mac notebook, in my living room, using WiFi with DSL, while drinking a Dominion Baltic Porter.
11 thoughts on “No tempo for me”
This heat is a speed-killer! I try to remind myself of that everytime I see my pace waaayyy slower than in the spring. Better than chalking it up to half-assed training on my part.I dunno what it is – I normally don't chafe like this. This summer's been brutal chafeage-wise. Once I fix one spot, a new hot spot flares up. I need a BodyGlide bath before I head out anymore.
yeah I'm ready for fall weather here! This heat is getting old! Saturday nights are my drinking nights also. I behave myself every other day (quite possibly because of the daily 5 am wake up call) but Sundays are rest day…soo….bring on the beer!!!!
Yup, I agree the heat's a runner's worst enemy. I also agree that Bud and Miller beer are not really good beers. However, whenever I want a cheap beer buzz with a decent tasting beer, I go for the Coors Light. I can hear you groaning all the way to Connecticut!
Oooh, wifi! Snap!Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
the heat will make the best runners melt! nice job getting through a tough run!enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂
Don't beat yourself up – the heat and humidity is BRUTAL right now. I always slow wayyyyy down during August due to the heat (not consciously). Fall will be here soon and you'll be that much stronger for toughing it out!
You're just jealous because my blog is unimportanter than yours.
I'm so ready for cooler fall weather. Sometimes the only chance I have to run is in the afternoon, and running in south Alabama heat sucks. Today, I got up at 3:15am for my 20 mile run, just to beat the sunrise.I respect your commentary on dark beer, but I really like Blue Moon and Yuengling. Preferably draft in a dark bar with college football on tv.
You'll be happy to note that I did allow myself ONE beer the other night. I'm nursing, so I really can't drink much, but I figured, one wouldn't do any harm 🙂
The heat SUCKS. Good job making it through that your and nice progression!
Running in the heat and humidity will really just beat the crap out of you. Hope you get some cooler weather soon!