This morning my 10 miler training plan called for a nice and easy 4 mile run. To commemorate such I looked for a 5K race to run only to discover that none were being held nearby, although two half marathons were going on. Instead, I ventured out on a 5 miler on my own.
One of the reasons why I didn't want to run a half marathon this morning was the weather. I wasn't nuts about the idea of running 13.1 miles in hot, humid late-May Baltimore. So when I walked out of the house to do my 5 and discovered it was absolutely perfect running temperature at about 58 degrees I sort of kicked myself.
On the other hand, that was at 7:00 am and the half marathon I most likely would have run started at 7:30. By the time I finished my run at about 7:45 it was already warming up, humiditying up and sunning up. I'd have had to deal with all that for the better part of two more hours if I ran the half.
Or at least that's how I rationalize it to myself.
But my friend Bre ran the inaugural Maryland Half Marathon as her first half, and finished it within her goal of not being the last one done. Which goes to show that she's got a lot more heart than I have because I couldn't wuss out of that race after my debacle in Pittsburgh fast enough.
Anyway, my 5 miles went well, although maybe a little fast at 8:14 min/mile pace (I just want to maintain a nice and easy 9:00 for my 10 miler). I keep trying to test myself to see if I can handle summer running, and the truth is that I'm not that great at it so I'm not sure. I much prefer having to bundle up and deal with FHS (Frozen Hand Syndrome) for a couple miles than go out in as little light clothing as possible and struggle breathing. How that's going to affect me at the Baltimore 10 Miler on June 20 is anyone's guess. If this year is like last year I'm probably in trouble.
And yay, lucky me. I get to begin marathon training in just that hot, sticky, get-it-over-with-at-4AM-or-else weather come mid-July. I'm excited. w00t.