If you live on the East Coast you know one thing…
The humidity this week has been 150% and awful. Weren’t we all just complaining about the winter weather and now it’s 1000 degrees with 500% humidity?
At least that is how I’ve seen it lately. Conditioning to the heat stinks. Your pace slows down and you feel like you are worker so much harder. You come back pouring sweat after half a mile and going a minute per mile slower.
No one else?
Well I’ll be the first to admit I was doing really well with my pacing this winter. Yes it was cold but I didn’t feel like I was breathing through a straw. I was hitting the perfect pace for 6 out of 7 runs. I was consistent and I felt awesome. I credit PRing in my half marathon with my consistent splits. (I was doing very little speed work).
That, unfortunately, is not how I feel right now. I am the slog champion! I feel like I’m breathing through a straw, preying that I don’t get winded. I’ve stopped timing a good portion of my miles because timing them caused me to compare my miles to fair weather temperatures. Which is silly and pointless.
Now I come back wheezing, huffing and puffing after swimming through a swampy morning run.
Not timing my runs seems to be working out well though. I’m not miserable running, I’m just slower. Every summer I take the time to tell myself that injury free miles are the most important. My only goal of the summer is to log miles and log injury free miles. Training for a marathon cannot happen if I’m injured or worried about each and every mile split of a run. Plus I have other things to be worried about…
I want to PR in my marathon this fall. Not only do I want to PR I want to crush the 3:17 I ran at NYC. I’m not racing a marathon in 95 degree heat with 95% humidity like my training runs right now (at least god I really hope not).
Last year I took this same mentality. I logged easy base building miles. I didn’t time a good portion of miles in VA…or if I did they were above 8:30+ pace (almost always). Even though I was just focusing on staying injury free I ended up PRing in both the 5k and 8k.
Then when I thought my summer was over I moved to Texas and continued for two more months of heat. I remember running my first 20 mile run and when I finished it was 98 degrees.
I saw the twilight zone and slept on the floor for a couple of hours. I drank 6 powerades hoping to find my long lost electrolytes.
But I made it through my six months of summer and toed the line at the NYCM injury free. I logged several 80 mile weeks and peaked at my first (and only) 100 mile week. All injury free. I had one close call but after switching my shoes my knee felt fine again. (my wallet hated the fact I disposed of a 175 pair of Newtons with 50 miles of them but my legs were happy).
I guess what I’m saying is the heat and humidity sucks. It’s not pleasant and you probably feel like you are breathing through a straw. Even though you don’t see everyone out and about, others are dealing with the same thing.
Finally if it gets too bad I’ll be the first to admit I’ll go run on the treadmill and catch up on trashy TV.
Being injured or hurt for your goal race sucks more. I’ll continue to whine about the heat but in reality I’m logging injury free miles. Despite being slower, I know I’ll feel fabulous when fall rolls around again.
Questions for you:
How hot is it where you live?
I don’t mind the cold as long as it’s not icy.