Todays plan: Finish 6 miles in under 51:00
Well, it was as thick as pea soup out there today. Temp said 78F w 97% humidity. YUCK, but I got out there as soon as I dropped kids off at camp/school. I decided to run the Cow Harbor 10K course, but just leave out the last .2, since I knew this course like the back of my hand, and would know when to push, etc.
Legs felt good, but a little tight, but they loosend by the end of the 1st mile. I took the 1st mile a little slower than usual as it's downhill, and I knew the humidity would suck me dry by the end (M1-8:01). I attacked the 2nd mile (James St), and was very pleased, did it faster than past runs (M2-9:02), and then opened up for miles 3 & 4 (M3-8:40 M4-8:31, legs still felt strong, and then going up Waterside, I could feel the legs getting heavy. Still pushed, but legs didn't want to go. M5-8:45. I was sprinting/pushing in my head, but I think the humidity finally got to me by mile6. @mile 6.5 I got the worst stitch in my rib cage ever. I almost stopped/quit (but that's not in my nature, I downed some Nuun and worked thru it), and finished M6 in 8:50. Good run over all!! I didn't hit my under 51:00 mark, but I came damn close and in this humidity, I say this run was a HUGE success!!!
I wore the fuel belt, and filled the 4 8oz bottles with Nuun. I drank at miles 2, 4 & 6 and then finished all the Nuun at the end of the run. I was completely soaked by the end of the run, and hurt, but jumped in a 7min ice bath when I got home, and feel good as new now!
6 miles in 51:49 (avg pace 8:38) Avg HR 150 Cardiac Drift: 163
M1-8:01 Avg HR 143 Cardiac Drift: 152
M2-9:02 Avg HR 155 Cardiac Drift: 163
M3-8:40 Avg HR 152 Cardiac Drift: 163
M4-8:31 Avg HR 152 Cardiac Drift: 157
M5-8:45 Avg HR 153 Cardiac Drift: 157
M6-8:50 Avg HR 147 Cardiac Drift: 155
Went about 1.95 miles
2 days ago