This week’s long run was a tough one. It was the culmination of a tough personal week in general and ended with a terrible run. The weather as well this week was a beast, with high temperatures in the low 90°s with the “real feel” feeling like 98°-99° in the early and late afternoon. While over the last month the temperature in the morning had been between 63°-66° with around 80% humidity, this past Saturday at 4 AM when I went out for my run it was an astounding 73° with 95% humidity. It was like wearing two sweatsuits and trying to run my prescribed mileage. Unfortunately to say, it drained all of the energy from me and I came woefully short of scheduled distance, 14.85 km run when I was planning to do 22km.
This left me with some head scratching and some recalculating to do to get ready for the Chicago Marathon. Am I being too ambitious? Does my fueling plan need to be adjusted? Does my hydration plan need to be changed? Should I feel disappointed? Should I feel like a loser? What is going to happen when the really dog days of summer really hit me in Florida?
In my original plan, I have built in several weeks for having a bad run. Would there be weeks when I just had a bad run or if there was bad weather that kept me from running. Now I am looking at redoing the whole plan for the dog days of summer moving in. I went home and researched the average temperature for the summer and I am expecting it to be in the 70s for the lows with high humidity. So I have been sitting and contemplating whether or not to restart building my mileage from the distance that I just completed and to build up from there. Or do I take this week as a hiccup and hope to rebound this week and keep moving forward. There are obvious pros and cons to doing both.
If I recalculate my plan to restart based on last week’s run I will still put myself in a comfortable zone to be ready for Chicago in October. I should be hitting between 30-35 km by mid-September. With the rate of distance and the hopefully prevailing cooler temperatures and much lower humidity of Chicago, I should have gas left in the tank to carry me across the finish line. And I will still have built in weeks to have the hopefully not to occasional bad run and still have time to recover.
Not sure which way I am leaning at the moment, but I know that at this point I believe I am giving myself the best chance to successful when October rolls around on the calendar.
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