Not going to lie, this was not my shining star moment. This was not the workout to hang your hat on and say "wow, i'm a rock star." Nope, this was a "check the box" and "get it done without having a heat stroke" kinda workout. Today's plan was to do hill training on a 5 mile loop (remember yesterday we actually went a mile longer on our long run, so we decided today's 5 miler could be downgraded to a 4 miler). It was a lot of fun because "C" and I were joined by 2 people from our half marathon class. It's a lot of fun having a "group" to run with. We started off with a walk and then eased into a 1 minute run and 2 minutes walking interval. The pace was pushed a lot faster than I would have liked given that yesterday we did a long run and the temperature was 100* with a heat index of 110*. There was an ozone alert day warning in addition to the excessive heat warning -ummm, yeah - heading out at 7:00 p.m. on a route with ZERO shade was probably not the greatest plan, but it's what had to happen so . . .we did it. We did 5 intervals and then walked the rest. With the hills + heat + humidity, my heart rate got up there just with the walking so it was probably the best option for completing this workout.
Anyone reading this from a cool or heck, even tolerable climate? Give me a little taste of what it is like to not completely melt upon walking out the door.