Yesterday's LT/tempo run was not pretty. It's true that we Canadians like to complain about the weather (see Marci's post) and I was not loving the 25C/77F (30C/86F with humidex) when we set out around 6:30.
Once again, it seemed like it was going to be a craptacular run. I was struggling at our easy warm-up pace before we even got close to the park where we would complete the LT portion.
But at some point along the way, I thought to myself: it is what it is, so suck it up and get it done! Complaining wasn't going to make it any easier, so I ignored the fact that I could hardly breathe and the fact that my clothes were soaked through after 10 minutes and the fact that all I wanted to do was jump into a cold pool of water (even the boggy pond looked appealing).
And we were off. As I mentioned yesterday, our target pace was 5:00-5:10/KM (8:03-8:19/mi). I held on for the first half, but slowed down after the turnaround. Splits were: 5:27, 4:47, 5:06, 5:02, 5:18, 6:11. The first one was too slow, second was too fast, third and fourth were perfect, fifth was when I was ready to lay down on the sidewalk and die and I pretty much threw in the towel half way through the 6th. It was brutal, but I think I did okay overall. We have the same workout next week, so I'll be looking to improve. (Some cooler weather would be nice...)
And now, it's Friday! We're camping for the weekend, so have a good one and I'll catch up on the other side!
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