Thursday, July 21, 2011

Chapter 2 page 380 - TR 139 hills, hot, heat, humidity, oh my!

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.


  1. How did you stay hydrated?!

    I went to the Y to ride the bike. EVERY machine was filled. Madhouse.

    I was guzzling water the whole time I was there and still didn't have to use the restroom!!

    Sorry if that is TMI.

  2. So sorry about the pace - its definitely something I need to work on! :( You did great though! I can't imagine doing the distance you did, I was dying after 2.6!

    I would LOVE to know what its like to not melt when you head out the door! I can't wait for it to cool down some! :)

    I am going to try out my hydration belt for the first time this weekend on my 7 mile run. Hopefully it doesn't drive me too nuts!