Torture Report: Heat is On, Out of Office

(G): The heat is on! Not only is the temperature up and showing signs of staying there until about September, the fire is at my feet as well. Swaggy J has talked me into a 50K in less than two weeks. Yep, that’s right, 31 miles, in the heat, with a lot of elevation gain (as far as I am concerned), and it’s in about 12 days.

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Now the the good news is that unlike many of our recent adventures I can sleep in my own bed the night before and I will be home before the sun sets. That hasn’t happened in a while so I am pretty stoked about that.

This little development, however, has made the training more serious. I cranked up the hill work a little more. My ongoing effort to get faster nearly did me in on Friday but alas I ran fast-ish.

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And Saturday was a liquification. I started out at 8 am and it was already well into the 70s. By the time I got 16 miles in the sun was baking me at a balmy 92. I was so hot and tired that an ice cold beer sounded pretty good… And it was barely noon. I decided to hold off till darker hours.

Because I am telling myself that this upcoming race is “only a 50k” I opted to run “only” six miles on Sunday. Well I am here to tell you that it ONLY took six miles to break me. I was toast. It was blissfully cooler but there wasn’t much left when I got to my pre-determined distance.

Monday always brings with it the promise of no running. It’s a rest day of sorts.
I hit the weights and that felt harder than it should but no time to be wimpy. It’s all game face. Ha!

(L) Once again I am sitting in a hotel room at 10:30 pm trying to think about my workouts for the past week.  I was seriously tempted to post an “out of the office” banner here instead!

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I have been in Nashville since last Tuesday and it was HOT, HOT, HOT!  And HUMID!!!  I grew up in Ohio.  I know what it is like to live with humidity but after living in Colorado for 23 years I have become a giant baby.  I can’t stand it.  I did, however, overcome my temptation to stay indoors and get outside and walk.  Yes, I said walk.  I haven’t completely lost my marbles.

I was able to get outside with Sydney a couple of nights and walk all of the hills in her neighborhood.  We literally had to wait until 9 pm to workout because of the heat.  I also walked with my friend, Mary, who drove up from Atlanta while I was there.  I haven’t seen her since the Outrun 2014, so it was awesome to catch up and sweat together!  There is nothing like a good workout to to bring you closer.

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Later in the week it was 90 degrees by 8 am.  I realize if I had gotten out of bed at 6 am I probably could have made a run happen, but those 2 am bedtimes didn’t allow for that.

Priorities, what can I say?

I will be back home midweek and ready to train.  I have some races to prepare for!

Sunshine & Sarcasm,

Lowi & G

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