Starting week 2 of Chicago Marathon training. Another “easy” 3 miles. Except today was HOT. Very HOT! So hot that my kids will have a half day from school due to excessive heat. But I’m determined to follow the plan and today was 3 miles for the books.
I’m already learning and making changes after last weeks training. First things first.
I have to realize that even if I think it’s going to be easy, fill up my water bottles with Cal-ez. Last week the three mile run that left me tingling, I thought I didn’t need it. I was wrong. This will be my “Don’t leave home without out it on a run” thing.
Today was much hotter that last week. I was drenched in sweat but not a tingle in sight. I did actually finish these three bottles on my run. So for me it’s not just hydration that is important but calcium replenishment as well. Too important to forget.
I also made another change today. I realized when I was out on my run that even though I knew I was going to run slow, that I was looking at my pace a little too much. So I changed my Garmin screen from pace to heart rain zone throwing pace out the window. Putting my heart into it and taking my head out of it.
You know what?
I had a good run especially when you consider the heat! I walked when my heart rate was inching up too high and shuffled at a slow run for most of the run. This was what needed to be done. Then I had the thought that this is really something that I should be doing right now anyway. I can’t be training at the same paces that I did last year at least not yet.
Even with the extremely hot weather, I think I still had a good run. When I got home and downloaded my Garmin my average pace was 12:44 which is obviously where it needed to be. In looking at my heart rate, I was in zone 4 for most of the run which is also kind of where I needed to be. So this gave me food for thought.
What if for the next few runs, I don’t worry about pace and go by effort. Hmmmm. I’m thinking this is the way to go. My normal paces that I trained with last year, I am not ready to train with them this year (yet). Hmmm…
Let’s see how this plays out.