Since we've hit July in Texas, and the first double-digit long run was on the schedule this week, from here on out we're starting even earlier to beat the heat - at 5 a.m., no less. And as terrible as it was to wake up before 4 a.m. so I could be there on time, I have to admit - running when it's (relatively) cooler because of the lack of sun for most of the run is pretty fabulous!
Running in the pitch black of the early morning is a new thing for me, but a few of the group members had headlamps, and almost all of the rest of us had blinky lights (I had one on the bill of my visor, and one on the back of my fuelbelt), so we were ok.
It was very warm - 86 degrees (and humid) at 5am - this morning, so we scaled back our pace again, which made for a slower/longer run, but we got it done! And the best news??? I didn't have to cut short any of the run intervals, even the later ones!!! I was able to keep up the group's 2:1 intervals the whole time - wuhooo! (However, to be honest, the slower overall pace, and mostly overcast conditions toward the end of the run probably had more to do with this than any extra effort on my part...)
Came home, showered, and put on compression sleeves to aid in recovery. Three more weeks until San Francisco!!!
Today's group run:
- 10.70 miles; 2:30:07; 14:02 avg pace