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Week 11 finish

Posted by F Heyward on Sep 25, 2010 9:26:29 PM

Ok so I stuck with the sked as planned 10, 5, 10, 20.  However, running outside in the humidity really has me questioning whether it would be best to switch to the 1/2 marathon.  Humidity levels hovering at 90% and above just suck all my energy, motivation and etc.  I seem to be able to tolerate the humidty for up to about 7 miles.  At the end of the runs, I look like I just got out of a pool.  It doesn't seem to matter how much fluids I intake or the fact that I'm slowing down my pace.  I think my body can't cool down enough.  I still have not gotten acclimated to the weather.

 

So here's how things went

10 miler (Tues): Good run.

Ran the run indoors.  I had an appointment in the am and wasn't able to run until about 12pm.

5 miler (Wed): Good run.

I got  caught in about a 5 min torrential downpour but at least my body  was  cooled off and didn't have to worry about overheating.  Even got to  do  some speed play and get back down to paces that I would run in a less   humid environment.

10 miler (Fri): less than stellar

Overcome  by the humidity (100%) at the end. I was dead after ~7.5 miles.

20 miler (Sat): Ok run.

I ran the first 10 miles outside.  However, the humidity drove me to go into the gym to run the last 10 miles on the track.

 

So here's the lessons learned:

  • If humidity is greater than 80%, all runs > 8 mile will be done indoors on the track.
  • Until I find a group/another runner in the local area with a compatible schedule, I will likely switch up the order of my long runs and near long runs (10 milers).
    • Friday there are lots of people running in the gym so I wll have some company on my long runs.  Keeps  me closer to the pace for LSR (GPS doesn't work indoors, hence no accurate pace measurement)
    • Gym doesn't open until 8 am on the weekends this is too late to start a 20 miler (family & life calls)
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F Heyward

F Heyward

Member since: Dec 5, 2008

This started as a chronicle of my preparation for San Antonio RNR. I moved from San Diego, CA - San Antonio, TX and feared my training would be impacted by the humidity, heat and leaving familiar running groups. Blogging would keep me honest and focused.

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