I knew that I was in trouble on this run when at mile 7.0 my hat brim was dripping sweat like it was raining out and no it wasn’t raining. I almost didn’t run this one because it was so humid and I am a little tired from the mileage bump. But the sun wasn’t out yet, so the temps when I started were only in the low 70s. I know that I need to acclimate to hot and humid, so I decided to just do it.
However, because of the humidity, I started out slow and stayed slow staying around 9:30 pace.
As you can see as the run went on I kept getting slower, the humidity really sucked it out of me at the end. I am happy with the run though, no stopping and I kept my pace under 10:00 minutes over all – not a great run, but a darn good one for the conditions.
That and I am in uncharted territory with my mileage now. This is the most I have run in a week, since 1988 probably and definitely 1986. So I am taking it careful, but everything feels like it should, the knees are barking a little, but not bad and everything else feels really good.
I don’t care what anybody says – your running shoes do make a difference. I can’t remember a pair of shoes that I ran this many miles in the first 6 days that I had them (even when I was training for the MCM in 1983, I only had around 40 miles my first 6 runs in them according to my logs, so this is a new record for just running a pair of new shoes.
I think that will go for 5.0 tomorrow and get a nice 50 mile week, the first one in a long, long time.