I couldn’t do 10

What’s the difference between 89F feels like 95F and 92 feels like 99F?

Not a whole lot.

But… 95F feels like 102F is just freaking oppressive.

If you look at my training schedule for this Fall’s Marathon Schedule (11/10 Chickamauga; 11/18 Harpeth Hills), you would see that on 8/9 I have scheduled 16 miles. Well, seeing that I haven’t been able to build on my other long runs because of surpising grandmothers and the heat, I figured that if I could do 10 miles, that would be great.

So, my plan was to run 5 at lunchtime and then 5 after work with Soon-To-Be-Dr. David. Knoxville, as with much of the US, is experiencing a heat wave and so Thursday and Friday is supposed to the be the peak of the heat before it cools down to the low 90s during the weekend.

I checked the weather before I left and it was 89F but feels like 95F thanks to the humidity. Sure enough, it did feel slightly warm. Nothing can slow you down than a blanket of oppressive heat, but despite the weather, I still did fairly well.

9:09, 9:05, 8:54, 9:02, 9:09 on my Back to the Tracks workout course.

I was beat when I got back to the aquatic center, but I could feel that I had some energy left in me, which was great because I still had 5 miles to go. In an effort to bring some balance to my body in the short 4 hours before I had to go back out in the heat, I got 2 bottles of Powerade from the machine.

So the day winds on, and heats up. At 4:55, I check the weather and it’s 95F and feels like 102F. Apart from being just plain hot, the blanket of heat was thicker. Soon-To-Be-Dr. David and decided that would run the MSQ Fab 4miler course and then, if it seemed right, get the extra mile.

Soon-To-Be-Dr. David and I ran right at the correct pace for my long run. Despite the fact that I was somewhat tired from the lunchtime run and it was hot, I felt great running and talking to David during the run. By the 3rd mile, I think we were both ready to call it for the day. The heat was just demoralizing…

Our splits for the run were 9:43, 9:34, 9:29, 9:30 total 38:16

So, I was able to get in 9 miles, but I could not fathom trying for that last mile. It was just too hot.

Total time 1:23:35 for a 9:18 average. I feel fine today (the day after), my legs are not sore and I could probably run today, but I am taking today as a rest day. Remember: Never underestimate the power of a rest day.

I’ll have the kids all to myself on Sunday and may take them in the Double Stroller onto 3rd Creek and run them to Tyson Park to let them play for a while. I dunno though, we will see how that goes.

I realize that I haven’t updated on the blog, my last few runs from before our trip to Iowa, but you won’t have to worry about those.

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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