Conditions: 70 degrees, 90% humidity
Energy Level: Low
Maintaining any pace at all in this humidity is sooo difficult right now. It just saps your energy, but maybe more importantly ... your focus. All I can think about is how hard it is to breath and how much I'm sweating. The pace is definitely secondary. Plus, my weight is not optimal right now, but I'm carrying a little more muscle than I typically do, so I'm not too worried about that at this point.
This morning's run was 11 miles total with 9 miles@6:40/pace, and the last 8 were actually at 6:33/pace. So considering the conditions, the workout was pretty decent. Plus, it actually accidentally turned into a Progressive Run since each mile got faster. I killed the last two miles at tempo pace and honestly felt like I could have gone a couple more if necessary. When I started, I felt pretty crappy, but seemed to get stronger the longer I ran. Here are the splits ...
Warm up 8:56 ... 7:40 6:57 6:47 6:38 6:31 6:28 6:25 6:20 6:17 ... Cool down 8:37
I keep expecting the miles at this pace to feel easier, but it's just not coming. I know I'm in pretty good shape right now, but I still feel like I've got a long way to go before I reach peak condition. But that's okay, because the Maui Marathon is still about six weeks way. Hope your week is going well!
... Be Great Today!