9:12 avg pace
Spring turned into full blown summer here in Philly. It was 67 degrees when I started running on Sunday (at 8am!) with lots of sun and humidity. Initially the weather felt great but by mile 3 I was feeling the heat. My 9:00 pace felt hard; my breathing and heart rate were more indicative of an 8:30 pace. The miles dragged on and on. I wanted to end with a few miles at marathon pace but there was just no way.
I’m definitely the type of runner that needs to acclimate to hot or cold weather. Sudden, big swings in temperature are not good. It takes about 2 weeks to acclimate myself and then I’m fine. Today’s run wasn’t the best confidence booster for the marathon but I know it was 100% due to the heat. Thankfully the forecast for Sunday’s race is calling for mostly cloudy with a high of 63 and a low of 53. I’d prefer it to be a little colder but I’ll take what I can get!
Week 16 recap of NJ Marathon training:
TUE: 6 miles at marathon pace
WED: 6 miles tempo
FRI: 6 miles easy
SUN: 10 miles “long”
28 miles for the week. The taper is working because I feel lazy and sluggish 🙂
Do you need to acclimate to hot or cold weather?