A good idea Red, going for such an early morning run. The forecast today in the South is 30 degrees, scorchio We have a track session on the grass track this evening, so hope it will have cooled down a bit by then. We will be doing 600 metre reps, with 200 metre jog recoveries.
I only take water during 10k and 10 mile races when the weather is very hot. I always drink at the 3 drinks stations at the New Forest 10 mile, which is in July, and always hot. It starts at 11.15, which is ridiculous, but used to start at 1.15, which was even worse. Every year in the post race write ups, we urge the organisers to start the race much earlier, but without success. Some years when it is exceptionally hot, there seem to be more walkers than runners, even in the early miles.
BIW, no shame in being beaten by a W70. I've been beaten by the same M70 in my last two 10ks.
Columba, thanks. I do try to encourage our club members by leading by example. They know the effort I put into training and racing, and that you only get out of training what you put into it. A nice long run by you. Do you have your Garmin set to measure by Kms? Mine records in miles.
Red, my mileage has also been lower than usual, due to all the races I have been doing; that's why I'm starting to bump it up. I'm not expecting a fast time for my marathon, as it is multi-terrain, with lots of hills, and by looking at the graph of the course, the highest hills appear to be in the last 8 miles. Very careful pacing in the early miles will be essential, to ensure enough energy is left to tackle the last few. I'm not looking for a particular time, but just to finish. I use Fetch to record all my training and race results. I have worked through my log book, and have entered race details back to the eighties. I really like the Fetch race results page, as it calculates the WAVA's, enabling me to compare current ratings with those over 20 years ago. I've not been tempted to join FB, as I spend enough time on RW,Fetch and the Hardley web. I have to leave time for actual training and racing. Sympathies to you and Mike suffering with hay fever
RayL, good that you are getting down to serious training now. I expect your progress will be better than expected.
I didn't set off for this morning run until 11.30 and the temperature was 25 degrees. I carefully chose a 6.5 mile forest run, embracing as many hills and deep, soft, sandy paths as possible. My intention being to toughen up for my marathon, and acclimatize with the heat. It was very tough and took me over an hour. The heat was exhausting and I deliberately hadn't take any water with me. I believe time on the feet is as important, or more so than actual miles run.
A few years ago, I was running on a straight stretch of two lane road, on the right hand side, when a passenger in a white van threw a hard bread roll at me, which hit me in the eye. It could have blinded me,and in the circumstances, was unable to get the number plate, otherwise I would have reported the incident to the police. I don't suppose they would have been very interested though.
RayL, our posts crossed. Yes my race went very well and better than expected. I'm really pleased to hear that you have now got the all clear to run as hard as you like, and look forward to hearing some good times from you in future races, and details of your training sessions.