This past weekend was my 7.5 mile run in my marathon training plan. I forgot just how hot those summer runs can be. I’ve been pretty lucky so far this summer as the weather in NY has been somewhat cooler than normal. The humidity has been a bit high, but the temperatures for the most part lower than usual. On this run I remembered what it was like to run in hot, humid weather and was kicking myself for not getting up out of bed early so that I could complete my run before 9am. I didn’t start my run until about 10am which was less than intelligent. I’ll take note for my upcoming weekend run and work to get started much earlier.
Besides the heat I could also feel the tightness in my legs as I had completed 10 tough hill repeats on Friday night. I switched up my hill on Friday and decided to conquer a longer and steeper hill. By the end of my 10 sprints I was tired and practically sauntered home as that is the best word I can use to describe what my “run” home was like. Since my legs were tired I told myself to take it easy while I warmed up. At the one mile mark though I noticed that I was faster than usual, not by a lot, but I was faster and I hadn’t been trying. I took that as a good sign that I am getting faster.
I kept running along and passed several people I know on my route. I have lately been encountering people I know and I have to say I like it. The quick hi and wave breaks up the run and I generally think about something involving that person for a few minutes which helps my mind focus on something other than the road ahead.
Soon I was at the really big hill in my route and I started the climb and before I knew it I was at the top. It’s amazing how much better I have gotten at hills in just a few months. I’m tired when I reach the top, but I conquer them now! They don’t conquer me!
After my favorite hill, I knew most of the run was flat so I just had to push forward step by step and soon I’d finish my 7.5 miles. As I continued I was so thankful for all the trees that offered a good amount of shade on my route. For some reason this run felt particularly hot. I know July and August are still to come so I had better get used to it.
When I turned the corner onto my street I saw some friends again and they know my running story so they were kind enough to cheer me on. I only had 2 blocks to go, but the cheers were just awesome. Every little bit of encouragement helps. I remembered on those last 2 blocks that 3 years ago I started running by going only 2 blocks and that was tough so even though I was tired and quite warm I picked up the pace to show myself how far I’ve come. I was dead tired as I reached my house, but I knew I’d finished strong.
When I opened my front door the first thing I said to my husband was, “I’m putting on the air conditioning.” He just looked at me and smiled.