I went out that Friday determined to break out of my 5 mile rut. I'm calling it the 5 mile rut because 5 miles had been my longest run ALL SUMMER until that point. I have loads of free time in the summer so why hadn't I taken the time to run further? Exhaustion, that's why. I will fully admit that I ended some 3 and 4 mile runs completely exhausted. I love the summer and I will never complain about the heat because in my opinion it is better than extreme cold, but yea, heat, humidity, and running do not mix.
I of course am not telling you anything that you don't know or haven't experienced yourself but on this run, a thought came to me. Many of us are training now for fall half marathons. Some of you are already up to 11 miles and your races isn't till November, Kudos to you folks! When I was out on the trail running 6.2, I couldn't even imagine continuing to run 6 or 7 more miles. In fact, I'm starting to feel burned out from summer running already and as you see I haven't even gone very far.
So my thought is this.....Are we burning ourselves out by running during the summer and ending completely exhausted from heat and humidity? I feel like by the time the cooler weather comes around I wont feel like doing my longer runs. What if we concentrated on only strength training and running shorter distances would that prepare us enough to run our longer runs once it cools off? I know most of you are thinking If I did that, that would only give me a few weeks of long runs and I need more than that". But do we? Is it better to go into some long runs with a solid base of strength training and shorter runs or go into it completely exhausted with some crappy runs under your belt?
Of course this is just a thought and it may be a delusional one because I am completely exhausted right now. Do you feel like you got lots of quality runs in this summer? Please chime in and tell us what you think.
*Disclaimer: I ran an additional 6.2 miles today and the weather was a bit cooler and my run went much better. I really do think heat effects me more than I thought. -M
We will be linking up with the gals from TOTR.