I am in Florida for a conference and so have this great opportunity to run in warm/sunny weather. Well even though I've run the last two days, and I don't like to run 3 in a row, if I don't have to, this afternoon was the only time for awhile I could get a longer run in.
So I ate lunch, changed clothes and went out about 12pm to run 6 miles (10 min warm up, 4 x 4 at z3-4 with 3 min rest after each 4 minute z3-4 (70% max) followed by 10 min cool down). Well first I don't know if I didn't write the right thing down for today's plan or messed up my math, but I finished the 4 x 4 with 3 minute rest period right when I got to about 3.5 miles, so I planned to just run easily the rest. Then at 4.5 miles it hit me- this hasn't happened for a long time- I had to stop and walk. I was exhausted, sweaty and thirsty- no really PARCHED!
So I walked until mile 5 and then ran the last one. It took me 1 hour 8 minutes to run 6 miles (11:20 minute mile pace). Not sure what happened other than I was reminded about how I don't do well in humidity and mid day runs are hard for me. The scary or intimidating thing for me now is because of my conference schedule the next time I can run a long run (10 miles) will be Saturday after the conference ends. So I will be basically heading back out there to run again around 12 pm.
This time I will come prepared. None of this interval training stuff- just run 10 miles. I'll bring cash to buy gatorade, etc along the way to refuel with and lastly if I walk, I walk- getting the miles in is what has always gotten me far so I'm sticking to it.
Anyways- just thought I'd share this fun humbling afternoon run adventure. Doesn't matter how many years I've been running or continue to run I know I will have afternoons like these. I'll keep running though :)!