Usually on my long runs, I peeter out towards the end. I’m not anywhere near as strong as when I started and I start taking way too many walk breaks. Today I decided to focus on fixing that little problem. I changed my run/walk ratio a little bit so that I would be sure to successfully hit it for every mile I was in. And I’m pleased to say, it worked. I ended just as strong as I finished. At one point even, towards the end, it was so hot and sunny I basically said, “oh bugger this, just keep running until you find some shade.” Yep. That worked too.
Today was brutally hot in the Pacific Northwest. Dangerously so. My brain feels a bit cooked, to be honest, and this week’s happenings are kind of hard to write about. I know that it gets a lot hotter elsewhere (I was born and raised in Arizona); however, we are not used to this kind of heat here and this summer has been cruel. It’s from the lovely El Nino weather system. I used to love El Nino in Arizona. We’d be cooler than normal and it would rain and rain and rain. Well, the exact opposite is happening here. We are unseasonably hot and we’ve not had a decent rain since April. Our lakes are disappearing and the state has been having one fire after another. Ooops, I digress. I’ll get back on topic.
Heat or no heat, I had a great week of training, hit all my workouts which is super important to success (we won’t talk about Friday’s debacle). The Motivator has also had a great week of training. He’s just finished up week 4 training for the Chicago Marathon, and he nailed a 12-mile run yesterday with ease (faster than I could finish grocery shopping), not to mention the 5 miles he did today in the brutal heat as well. He’s aiming for a sub-4 marathon time… I really do think he’s going to over-achieve and actually do much better than that. He has the mental game, not to mention he’s upping the physical game, I’m proud to say. He’s an inspiration. Maybe one day when I grow up, I’ll know what an 8-minute mile feels like.
In the meantime, I’ll just keep on keeping on. And I’ll let you know how the weigh-in goes when the new scale arrives…