And it was 5

Today turned out to be a little hotter than I thought and I paid for it the last mile of my run. I forgot two things today. One was a small water bottle from home for my run and the other was the armband for my mp3 player in my office. Neither was a crucial factor in my run performance and actually, was uncharacteristically consistent for me and for me that is a pace around 30 seconds of each other.

I made it out the entire 2.5 mile without having to take a walk break or anything and if it had been cooler I would have been able to go another 1.0 mile before stopping for water (see #2 above). It was here that I realized that the sun was beating down more than previous days, or it seemed that way. I was a little slower on the way back and at mile 4, I knew that I would need to power walk to gain enough energy to make it up the hill. If I hadn't slowed down, I think I could have shaved about a minute and a half off my time. I could tell that I was starting to get faint signs of heat exhaustion, so I wasn't too upset that ended up walking. I was able to run up the hill without a problem either, so that was a good bonus, plus not having to stop once at the top of the hill… that was nice.

Here are the split times:

Split Split Distance Overall Distance Split Time Split Pace Overall Time Overall Pace
1 1.0 1.0 7:29 7:29
2 1.0 2.0 7:58 15:27 7:44
3 1.0 3.0 7:50 23:18 7:46
4 1.0 4.0 8:11 31:29 7:53
5 1.0 5.0 10:28 41:57 8:24

Not too shabby, but I am feeling a twinge in my left calf muscle. Could be a result of the heat today, or a combination of it wasn't recovered from yesterday's swim and I worked it hard today. Tomorrow will be a “recovery run” of maybe 3-4 miles, so I will give it a chance to rest before then.

About planet3rry

I'm a husband, father and runner in the Knoxville area. I love the way that running makes me feel and how it has changed my thinking. I am always looking for the new PR whether in the 5k or the marathon