Rain gone, Now Back to Humidity

by - Friday, August 24, 2007

Well the rains that forced me to cancel every run this week until today have left. And the nice little present they left behind was like 80-90% humidity. Makes for lovely running conditions indeed.

Needless to say today's five miles were sweaty ones. I was able to run without walk breaks for the first 2.5 miles and then my legs were feeling it and I started walking/running. I was doing run five minutes, walk one minute and using that plan I finished my five in 1:01:24. Not great, but definitely not bad either. Especially because I hadn't been able to get out to run at all this week.

I'm thinking if the weather is this hot and humid in Virginia next weekend, I will definitely be using the run five/walk one. My plan all along had been to improve on my half marathon time from last year's marathon. But I realized that might not be extremely likely because last year's race was in October. Race start temp was like45 degrees and it wasn't any higher than like 55 by the time I finished. Literally perfect running conditions.

I'm pretty sure a race at the beach at the end of August is not going to duplicate those conditions.

And as my wonderful roommate just pointed out to me as I was mourning the fact that my times probably won't be as great as I'd like, "Isn't it more about running and having fun than worrying about times?"

Indeed it is.

So that's my plan. I'm going to go down to the beach, have fun, run a solid race and if I do better than last year, great. If not, I'll deal.

Only two or three more runs left til the big day! Whooo!

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9 comments

  1. Yuppers that roommate is definitely right on the money :-) She/he's a keeper ;-)

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  2. Your roommate is indeed right, but it can be pretty hard for us to not focus on the clock!

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  3. As a run walk enthusiast, might I'd like to say, take your walk breaks from the start of your run! That is so important. If you feel guilty about it, then run a little harder to make up for it. The important thing is to maintain the pace you want no matter what the r/w interval is :-)

    Decide how you feel on race day, then go for whichever your goal is... Fun + PR, or just Fun!!!

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  4. I am totally spoiled. I am pretty sure i would just stay inside rather than go run in 80+% humidity.

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  5. Nice job on the run! Way to go with the run/walk method when you needed it! But, I would like to agree with Wes... walk breaks from the start! You will thank yourself in the LONG run! No pun intended!

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  6. Weather is so unpredictable so roll with it - hopefully you will have a pleasant surpirse on race morning. Good luck!

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  7. wow, these races sneak up don't they??

    get a couple good runs in!

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  8. He he, that sounds like what DH asked me. It's a good question to be asked now and then.

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  9. Way to get out there during all that humidity.

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