I can’t believe I completed 5 weeks of training already! Time is flying by.
Monday (speed: 3×1600 @7:03): I completed this on a treadmill (6:49, 6:54, 6:51). On a treadmill, I try to complete the runs in a pace that’s 15-20 seconds faster so that the exerted effort would be equivalent to doing out on a road. I was a bit slower, but still, I was pleased with this workout.
Wednesday (tempo: 2 miles easy, 3 miles 7:36, 1 mile easy): The planned tempo went nicely with the biweekly 5K that Prospect Park Track Club puts on. I was planning on running with another club member, but I got too excited in the first mile (up a hill!), so I burned myself out on the later miles. I finished the 5K in 24:24. I ran hard, but I could have done better.
Thursday (extra): As a penance, I ran 1.5 miles @7:30 pace.
Friday (extra): I wanted to see if I could stick to the RLRF’s tempo pace for 2 miles, so I ran again. Two miles @7:36. Boom!
Saturday (long: 18 miles @9:12): 16.1 miles @11:00. NYC is roasting right now. There’s a heat dome all weekend long. NYRR emailed stating that the planned long run of 20 miles was going to cut down to 15 miles because of the heat advisory. Ben’s tri that’s tomorrow will also shortened. Running in the heat and humidity felt awful. I ran easy because I wanted to put in as many miles as I could. I actually bought a popsicle to eat during one of my walking breaks because I desperately needed to cool down my body temperature. I finished the second lap at 11 miles and NYRR had closed down the course, so I couldn’t officially do 15 miles with them. So I completed the rest on my own, which was fine. I shortened the planned run because I couldn’t go any farther. It was hot. I was done.
While I’m fine with how I ran this long run, I am a little bummed about how my long runs have been going so far. They’ve been slow. But I am heartened by the fact that the long run paces have been getting faster, even though the temperature has been increasing. I’m adapting to the heat.