I am happy to report that I braved the elements and had two glorious runs during the past few days. After a horrible run with heat induced nausea, I was a bit concerned about my body's ability to run at a faster pace during the hot weather. That run really played with my psyche. On Saturday I did a 13 miler with my friend Sue M, on a very hilly route. We ran at 7:30 in the morning, but it got hot toward the end of the run. I was able to maintain an effortless 8:14, the fastest I have ever ran on those hills. Yay! Today I did an 8 miler later in the day, to test my ability to run in the heat. I started out with a conservative pace and ended up with negative splits, for an average of 7:38. Another yay! I have been working on my form lately, trying to maintain a quick, stiff, short stride (I tend to overstride) and it really makes such a huge difference. Whenever I forget to pay attention to my stride, I slow down and get tired. I immediately feel better when I correct my stride.
I am debating whether to run a 1/2 marathon next weekend. The Heartbreak Half Marathon has its inauguration on the 31st. It includes mile 17 to 23 of the Boston Marathon course. The course is an out and back, which means one would have to run each hill twice. I feel a bit unprepared for this race, since I have been pretty much recovering and taking it easy since the marathon. The hills and I have a love-hate relationship; I have strong quads and when trained have a goat-like ability to hackle the hills and enjoy passing runners as I go up. However, when I am not trained (like now), I struggle up hills while everything hurts. So I am a bit torn. On one hand, it would be nice to do another 1/2 marathon (last one of Maine Half in September), and running a hilly one will be challenging and a nice way to get back into serious hill training. I could also have a baseline and compare my time with another one that I plan to do while training for Baystate Marathon. On the other hand, I can't approach a race without thoughts of PR-ing, and I know it would not be possible to run a sub 1:44 on that course and without having done any training for it. Hmmm! More thinking required! What do you think?Hope everyone had a nice long weekend!
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