As most of you know, I am an afternoon/evening runner. I use running as my therapy. I leave my frustrations and stresses on the trails. So it was disappointing yesterday when I went out to put in my afternoon run. I exited from my nice air conditioned office to find out it was 91 degrees out! And that was on the water at the beach!
With everything that has been wreaking havoc lately, I decided that a run in the heat was not going to help me. I also found that the heat is supposed to be here for a few days (weatherman says until Sunday). Maybe running in the morning would be bad after all.
So, I headed out at 5:30 this morning to put in my 9 mile track workout. On the plan was a 3 mile warm up, 5 X 1200 intervals with a 400 yard rest, followed by a mile warm down. I personally find that 1200's are the toughest. It was no different this morning. I managed to get all 5 in, but had to slow a bit on the fifth one to keep my cookies down:
Interval 1: 6:32 (8:44 pace)
Interval 2: 6:26 (8:39 pace)
Interval 3: 6:26 (8:39 pace)
Interval 4: 6:31 (8:43 pace)
Interval 5: 7:02 (9:24 pace)
Even though the times are not that impressive, I can tell you that I was *wiped out* when I was done. But I finished. Woo hoo!
Tomorrow morning will be another early one. I need to put in an easy 11 miles. And get it done before the sun starts baking the asphalt.