Log for August 25 – Training for Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 9th. Goal for the fall and winter marathon season is to break 3:15 for the first time.
- 6.5-Mile Track Workout – After having a few fall weather teases over the past couple of weeks, tonight Summer came back with a vengeance. I knew it was going to be bad, so I decided to try a trick I read about in a recent Runner’s World. One article suggested drinking a Slushie or Slurpie type drink within the hour leading up to a run to lower core body temps. So, on the way to our track workout tonight I stopped at Sonic and got a large, cherry Slushie and downed it before the warmup (more on this later).
At the time I began my warmup it was in the mid 90s with humidity through the roof. It felt like running through a bowl of hot soup. I had decided before the workout that I was going to try running as much of it as possible with my new forefoot stride. This was not a problem during the 2-mile warmup, and felt fantastic during our 6 x 100m stride outs. I actually felt really fast during strides, and wasn’t even in my top gear. That is very exciting! I can definitely tell that the forefoot stride allows for the potential to run much faster than my old heavy, heal-striking ways.
The workout tonight consisted of 3 sets of intervals with a mixture of longer and shorter repeats. Overall I was able to use the forefoot stride for just over half of my total miles tonight, but I still have a ways to go in developing enough strength in my lower legs to go further.
Through the first set I could definitely feel the heat and humidity, but felt very strong. I actually ran a little too hard during the first set for the weather conditions, and ended up paying the price. I could feel the heat radiating from my face, and knew I was getting close to being overheated.
For the second set, I slowed down slightly for the first interval, but still felt crummy. After that first interval I took a little extra recovery time to hydrate, and let the group go without me. I started about 30 seconds later, and though I still was not feeling great, I was able to run very consistent splits with the first set.
Before the start of the third set, I took one of my water bottles and dumped about half of it over my head. This felt fantastic, and revitalized me just a bit. I still felt rough, but kept my pace pretty consistent and finished strong. After our recovery lap, I again dumped water over my head and just walked for about 5 minutes. After those 5 minutes I was feeling MUCH better, and slowly jogged a couple of cool-down laps for a total of 6.5-miles.
I don’t want to overstate things, but I cannot remember a track workout where I felt worse than I did tonight. This has not been a great week so far, and I’m sure much of that has to do with the 20-miler we ran last Saturday. As for the pre-run Slushie…I would call that one a big FAT failure! Will be a while before I decide to try that again. Not saying that was the reason I felt so poor, but it definitely did not help.