Tuesday, August 01, 2006

No beating the HEAT! Yet.

No matter how long one has been running, no one can beat the heat when it comes to running in projected times and pace. I am learning this lesson even after 20 years of running.
Today's workout was a track run of 2 x 1200 meters and 4 x 800 meters with 2 minutes of rest between the all the sets.
I knew the temperatures would be rising throughout the day so I decided to take an early lunch break around 10 am and run to the track. Before I took off running I squeezed a jelly pack (raspberry Hammer Gel) in my mouth and washed it down with some water. After running for about a mile and half to the track I was dripping with sweat and feeling the heat.
The splits times were as follows:
Scheduled: Actual:
2 x 1200m @ 3:56 (1) 1200m 4:03
(2) 1200m 4:12

4 x 800m @ 2:31 (1) 800m 2:53
(2) 800m 2:53
(3) 800m 3:02
(4) 800m 2:57
As you can see the actual times do not match the scheduled times. After the first 800 I felt like bagging the workout and just run for an easy 6 miles. But, as it has been said, "If you want to run fast you've got to train fast," and even in various conditions like the scorching heat we had today.


neese said...

i saw a lady running outside today and couldn't decide if i was impressed or concerned, it was SO hot. do take care of yourself PL! those times look good to me! :D

Vancouver Barefoot said...

Hey! I enjoy your comments to my little webblog. Thanks for checking in and saying nice things once in a while!

Last week during our "heat-wave" I went running in 95 degree weather. The sky was fairly overcast so there wasn't a lot of direct sunlight beating down. That made the pavement a little cooler. I enjoyed a 6 mile run with some cool water wading thrown in the middle of it. People looked at me as if I was crazy - perhaps they are right! But I enjoyed the run and survived it for another day.


Cliff said...

Nuts! I was running in the same heat for my LSD. Scorch my mind. Need to bring more water next time.

Deb said...

The heat has been a killer for everyone. Kudo's to you for hanging in! Be careful to stay hydrated.

BuckeyeRunner said...

Nice job running on the track in this heat. I have been weak. In June, I tried to regularly get to the track, but in July, I haven't been once! Gotta get back to it!

Lana said...

Getting "beat by the heat" in Tennessee too....whew!!

JeffM said...

Great running times for the conditions. The Maine trip looks like a lot of fun and very pretty.

E-Speed said...

I about died on the track this night, I had to slow everything way down!

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