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Summer Sucks.

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Assuming that New Hampshire 2019 is still the target, as of Saturday I am now officially 1/3 through training.Last week had some good days and a couple of bad ones. The summer is killing me this year. No doubt it's the same as always, I just can't remember from one year to the next how terrible running in humidity is. Then there's the fact that I'm old. And I hear everything gets harder as you get older. Since I've never actually done that, I suppose it's a matter of seeing up close what all those old guys told me back when I wasn't one of them.

Got new shoes. Since the Cumulus 21 has been on the market, I've been able to upgrade to the 20 that's been half price directly from ASICS (and free shipping). I learned that there are also now regular models, LE models and MX models. I got the MX because I liked the color better (light gray) and it's also a couple of tenths of an ounce lighter than the other two. Couldn't find anything that explained what the real difference is between the three shoes other than available colors and that MX weight reduction. I'm liking the ride. This is my 19th pair of Cumuluses.

Tuesday - A glorious, 61 degrees for my early AM run. Lately I've been having Code Abby problems, no matter how hard I try to be empty before I start. Once, twice, doesn't seem to make any difference. This run was a notable exception and it was just a great run, recovery from Monday's tempo.

Wednesday - 4 x 1200s for Interval Wednesday. As it happened, Abby didn't stop by until near the end of rep 2, which also happened to be right next to a POP at some baseball fields, so I got to finish the rep at full speed and take a break when I wanted. I like intervals. Times for the 4 were: 5:39 (7:32), 5:29 (7:20), 5:36 (7:28), 5:27 (7:17). 65o.

Thursday - This one was icky. 75o and nasty, soupy, humid. Sucked wind the whole way. This was actually supposed to be 10 miles, but I have an early meeting at work on Thursdays, so my new running in the morning plan has a little hitch on Thursday. I can get 6 in, but don't have the motivation to get up any earlier to do 4 more. So I switched Friday's run, which was 6. Good thing because 10 would have killed me.

Friday - Ten miles, easy. Another 61o morning, and with a recovery day before it was a sweet one. Went off the planned route a couple of times, then had to do runner math, trying to get the mileage right by adding a couple of extra turns. Despite two episodes before leaving, Abby came along in mile 5 and we had to stop at the Kroger store. What a b!tc# she's being.

Saturday - The best thing about this run was Abby didn't come. I drove a friend to the airport, which put me an hour or so behind schedule. Was up late the night before, helping T-Rex with a paper, so I wasn't 100%. Decided not to eat breakfast before, either, which was another mistake. Temp started at 69o, but the sun was out with my late start and it got warm pretty quickly. Was hoping for a relaxed but solid pace run, but by mile 5 (3rd pace mile) of 12, I called it. Stopped at a gas station for some water (probably should have worn the fuel belt and hydrated en route, too), and managed to struggle through another mile at something close to pace. The only thing that got me to run most of the mile after that was a guy who'd come out a side street and was following me. Couldn't let him pass me, so I kept moving with just a couple of breaks in the shady spots. Ended up with ten, with 4 of them at pace and one almost (8:22, 8:26, 8:28, 8:25, 8:45). I also think this being my highest mileage week (49) in a long time had something to do with my ticket on the struggle bus. Glad that week is over.

Monday - This morning was 66o, but not as humid. I also implemented a new Abby-avoidance strategy, jogging out a half mile from the house, then back to stop at my own toilet. Almost worked, too. Instead of stopping at the Mobil station two miles out and breaking up my tempo, I was able to finish all 5 tempo miles and just had to struggle against making a mess for the last cool down. Good solid splits, too. 8:19, 8:17, 8:05, 8:04, and 7:54.

Cutting back to 40 miles this week, then another build phase. Seven weeks to get through the rest of July and August, then hopefully the temps with fall and so will the times.

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Agreed that summer sucks. The heat and humidity this week for us is supposed to be record setting....oh joy...

So I wrote out what I think your training is: Monday- Tempo, Tuesday - EZ, Wed -- Intervals, Thursday -- Med. Long Run, Friday -- EZ, Saturday -- LR with miles at pace. If I'm understanding your plan isnt that too many hard days?? Tempo, Intervals, MLR AND LR WITH PACE miles? 4 out of the 6 days look pretty hard to me. I went on line to look at Hanson Advanced and Higdon Advanced and it seems like you are combining all the hard of both plans. Maybe back off some speed since the summer heat isn't going anywhere? 

Just my $.02. If I've learned anything from watching all of RE's PRs the past ccouple of years it's the value of the 1-2 minute over GP runs. Build aerobic capacity.

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You're right of course. Thursdays are easy, too. Definitely easier than Friday, mostly because I'm recovering from Wednesday. Those Saturday pace runs don't always happen. They're on the schedule, though, but the day's conditions and the weeks wear determine if I do it. I measure every training cycle against my '14 Marshall Plan, which was pretty aggressive. I should be able to tell if I can really do that again in a few more weeks, once we get through the heat wave and I have more double digit runs. I am trying to let the paces fall wherever they may, unlike my last hard plan, where I pushed everything from week 1. If it works like Marshall, everything will get easier after week 10.

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Your efforts definitely appear to be solid.  Looking forward to reading about when the benefits start to show!

I'm trying to embrace training in the heat, and keep telling myself that it will pay off in the fall.  For the record-setting heat and humidity here in the mid-Atlantic that ocrunnergirl referenced, I'm repeating Des Linden's "keep showing up" quote/mantra and trying to ignore pace for the time being (running by effort only).  However, it is hard mentally to see slower times than 4 months ago. 

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Any luck with rearranging your nutrition to prevent the Cody Abby annoyances? 

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I can't believe you called sweet, sweet Abby a bitch. 

 

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1 hour ago, eliz83 said:

I can't believe you called sweet, sweet Abby a bitch. 

 

Obviously, that comment came out of my @$$.🤩

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11 hours ago, DrWhiskers said:

Any luck with rearranging your nutrition to prevent the Cody Abby annoyances? 

I dunno. No food after 3 pm? This is my only real problem with morning running.

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