Ok, In actuality, Friday and Saturday weren't too bad because we got a lot rain, which kept the heat within reason. Friday was my rest day, so Saturday morning I set out to break in my new Saucony Triumph 8's in a 15 wide. I decided to do my regular 3.76 because I was breaking in some new kicks and because my last run hadn't left my with all that confident. I got to the park just after 8am, which was later than I had hoped to start, but I hoped that the rain the day before would keep the temperature in check. The trail was nice and soft and only a little sloppy in the place I would expect it to be. My legs weren't feeling great, but weren't lifeless either.
|My new shoes for running in messy places|
I did 3.76 in 43:29.22 for an 11:33 pace. The first mile felt slow, and I would like to blame the dampness of the trail but just can't. It took 12:05.33. The heat was alright, but the air was really muggy. It felt thick in my lungs and just seemed to cling to me. I was sweating nearly the moment I began to run.
Mile two is usually slower but the drop off wasn't bad 12:45.46. Mile three got me off of the trails and on to the multipurpose road. Also, it was mainly down hill so my pace quickened despite the fatigue setting in my legs. Mile 3 took 10:38.25 My new Triumphs felt heavy compared to my old Ride 3'sthat were nice an broken in -- they had dome me well on the trails, so it will just be a matter of breaking them in. Also, the Super Feet insole were new which made them feel a little less forgiving than I am normal.
The last .76 is all up hill, but I managed it fairly well. It took 8:18 for 10:31 pace, which was really kind of good. My legs seemed to be adjusting to the idea of running just as I was about to finish. But, I was really glad to be done and avoid either the heat or more rain, one of which or both were sure to come.