I had signed up for a challenge this month from over at Dream Big Runner: run 100 miles in the month of July. This might have been the wrong month for me to take on this goal. It's July 15th and I'm at just over 35 miles. I'm finding it hard to see myself running another 65 miles in the next 16 days. We have a wedding to go to later this month that is going to take up some non-running days, so I really have only 12 potential running days. So to be more realistic, I'm going to aim for another 25 miles for this month. That's very doable for me and I'll be happy if I can exceed that number. I'm also going to throw in a few strength/short met-con training days at the gym to get some relief from the heat.
The dogs have been accompanying me on about half of my runs. It's been so hot if I can't get out the door with them by 5:30am, they can't come with me. Unfortunate for them, but I certainly don't want to chance them overheating on a run just for the sake of getting out there.
|Diane on the right and me on the left before our race.|
This Saturday, my friend Diane and I travelled to Bird's Hill Provinical Park just east of Winnipeg to run the first race in Trail Run Manitoba's Try a Trail series. This race was 6km long along a really nice smooth trail with very little hills. Diane hadn't run a race since high school, so it was a great race for her to jump in on. I'm so glad so came with me, she did so well! She blew away her expected time by 4 minutes, finishing in 41 minutes and change. The distance was actually longer than the 6km advertised. The race director said it was about 6.35km and my Garmin agreed. It was a fantastic first run for her, I hope she does more!
My run didn't go as well, I held back feeling overheated and my heart rate was higher than I liked. This as been a trend for me all week, so I'm going to back off all running at any time other than first thing in the morning when it's cooler. Today it is much cooler and rainy out, so hopefully the trend for the week will be lower temperatures.
Are your training plans affected by the heat?