This morning, I had 9 miles scheduled with 6x800 @ 5k race pace scheduled. My car is getting ready for the trip at the shop, so I was forced to do my run in the neighborhood and not my shady trail. I planned on doing my 5 mile loop and hitting the high school track for the intervals and then running home. As soon as I left my house I noticed the heat, but continued on without turning around and getting my water. The 5 mile loop has a fun hill, but I was able to maintain an 8:55 pace for the first 4 miles.
I get to the track and set out on my 800's. Oh 800's, how I hate thee. The first 800 was easy. My goal pace was 7:19-7:24 and I hit it about 7:15, so I was in good shape. The second to fourth 800 were about the same, right around 7:20. I was really impressed with myself, but the heat was starting to get to me and I was so thirsty. I ran through a sprinkler on my rest lap and attempted the 5th 800. I say attempted, as I bonked. 8:01 for the 5th 800 and 7:56 for the 6th. I then proceeded to run home on the longest 1.5 miles ever. I was exhausted, hot, and thirsty. I think my run ended up being 9.5 miles in 1:22, an average pace of about 8:45, not bad considering I was all but dragging my butt home at the end.
I got home and checked the temperature and it was already 81 degrees and 70% humidity at 8am! This Massachusetts girl is not used to those temperatures. Moral of the story, don't forget your water on a 9 mile track workout day. I am still happy I was able to hit my first 4 intervals. I was listening to the Brandon's Marathon podcast from this week during the run and they mentioned speed work and how your muscles need to get back into running fast as they have forgotten how to do it. Since this was my first speed session of the cycle, I was happy with the results. Now I just need to remember my water next week when my 5am runs will be just as hot in Florida, yuck!
We have 3 days until we leave for our trip. I have all the laundry done, but now I have so much packing to do and finish up cleaning. Somehow I think this vacation is not going to feel much like a vacation but rather a lot of work. The kids love going to Disney, but they get tired after the first few days and then it is a lot of fighting. I am hoping we can hang out at the pool a lot at our campground, so we at least have some relaxation time.