Wednesday, August 5, 2009

What Was I Thinking?

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.


Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

GOOD WORK!! You made it through and in a great time. Oh Vacation with kids is never really a vacation for the parents. Best of luck getting ready.

mamasweeds said...

Running when you are thirsty and no water in sight is the PITS! I was without water on my first ever 9 mile run (talk about 'what was I thinking') that it was enough to make me throw in the towel for marathon training in 2007.

Those are some awesome times though, totally impressive! I'm aiming to run 7:00 5K this Saturday and I think that might be a little lofty, but we shall see.

Have FUN on your DW trip! You guys are so brave driving all that way with two little ones. I might be tempted to drive my car off a bridge by the time I got through Pennsylvania.

crunkyjens said...

Found your blog via the Disboards Blog Circle. Sounds like you are a runner just like me! I am training for my first ever marathon in January at Disney! Have a great time on your trip! :)

NoMeatAthlete said...

Well, at least you got it done without any major dehydration or other dangerous stuff... still, bonking is no fun.

I love 800's, this is the first training program where I've ever had to do them. I might have you this before, but what training program are you doing?

Anyway, way to knock it out through the discomfort! Have a great vacation.

Caroline said...

Amazing splits on the 800s!!

That's some hot weather, and can see how you'd be missing the water there.

Have a great trip! Hope you get some relaxation time too!!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Are you OK?? Have not seen you post in a while...made me worry a little. Email me