My Saturday morning 10.0 milers are not meant to be speed workouts, they are simply to get double-digit training miles in at a 9:00 to 10:00 minute pace overall.
Today when I started the run it was already 80 degrees with over 60% humidity (not unbearable, but still pretty warm for running), so I decided that I was going to make this run a lot closer to the 10:00 minute pace or slower, than the 9:00 early on. Like when I went out and was doing my 100 ups.
Imagine that – listening to my body and running according to the weather instead of an artificial time goal.
Before I went for my run this morning I looked at the thermometer outside the dining room (on the shady side of the house) and it was already 85 degrees out with bright sunshine.
Usually on Saturdays, I try to do the River Road Loop, but there is no shade along that route and I knew that I would cook if I went that way.
So I did the Pond Road Loop, it is a little flatter, but a bit more traffic, so I wore my bright yellow shirt and flo green/yellow hat today,so the cars would see me. It was a great choice, the heat was at the baking levels in the open, but much more bearable in the shady sections. I chose the right course today.
Today was my weekly 10 mile run and my first long run in my new Nike Free Run +3, I will be doing a review on how they did in my first run post that I do on new shoes.
The run itself was pretty uneventful, just one of those get out the door and do it runs.
I purposely try to keep this run slower than my weekly runs to Augusta or Waterville and noticed that I had picked the pace up pretty good without realizing it. So I throttled back and got it where it was supposed to be – in the 9:00 to 10:00 minute pace range – which I did a pretty good job of.