I remember when my racing all began. In July 2002 I lined up at a 5k run in Hilton Head, SC. Gun goes off and it is balls-to-the-wall. Fast forward several years and I turned to running Ultra’s on the trails… MMTR 54 miles being the longest in November 2009.
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Not until this year would I have considered running the 5,8, or 10k events. The endurance events fit me best mainly because you settle in and push a more moderate pace for the long haul of it. I am not so much of a fan of the balls-to-the-wall running BUT when a team was formed this year I did not want to miss out on the fun. So this past Saturday was our first event as a team. At 6:30am the 8k race began and within seconds every runner was covered with sweat from head to toe. The humidity was CRAZY! Here is the breakdown:
Mile 1 – 8:33 (flat and faster than I would normally start out)
Mile 2 – 8:06 (what in the freak and I doing)
Mile 3 – 8:15 (quick water station stop. heading into some rollers)
Mile 4 – 8:11 (need to be finished. want to walk. so hot)
Mile 5 – 8:10 (could feel my breakfast wanted to make an appearance)
Total Time – 41:15 (avg 8:18)
Following the run our same group geared up and headed out for our scheduled ride. No need to put a dry sports bra on or even dry socks for that matter. We were dripping in no time as the speed ramped up. Although my plan called for a 4-5 hr ride I wrapped it up with just over 40 miles (avg 17.4) and could more than live with the decision to do so.
Once home I realized that I lost 3 lbs from the buckets of sweat. Even with having taken in more than a 100 oz of fluid I had no notion of needing to use the bathroom.
This heat is something else and we are only in June. Should make this week’s training pretty interesting.