Friday 18th July 2014

Workout Soundtrack: Umek’s 1605 Podcast Session – ‘# 171 mixed by I Know Karate’

10.5km 48:16 (Grim Reaper, session 7)

Strewth! It’s warm outside today. I didn’t get the best night of sleep as a huge thuderstorm woke me up at about 0215hrs and rumbled, crashed, flashed and banged on until about 0430hrs – it was an immense spectacle to witness at first but after an hour I really just wanted to drift off to sleep!

I woke up feeling pretty tired, and for want of a better descriptor, I felt ‘meh’. It’s not often that I’ll wake up on my day off and not jump straight out of bed ready to fill the day with fun (and sometimes not so fun) stuff to do but today I just lay there sweating and trying to find the motivation to go for a long run. It became pretty apparent early on that I wouldn’t run long today but I still got up, had a cold shower and pulled on my singlet and shorts. In the shower I decided to head out onto a long trail to see how far I could manage – I haven’t been for a run in my Sense Ultra for a while and I haven’t taken my OMM waist pouch out for a while either. However, whilst I was getting ready putting water in the pouch and grabbing my handheld I decided I really didn’t want to head out on the trail! I can’t say why but I just felt the need to stay on the roads today which is a pretty crazy thing to do when there is not a cloud in the sky, it’s 1300hrs and the the temperature gauge is wavering between the 28°C and 33°C (82.5°F to 91.5°F) range!

I set off at what I felt would be a manageable pace and intended to run between 4:00 and 4:15 per klick for the duration. Unfortunately I didn’t hold back enough on the second klick and really took it out of myself by running a 3:50 under the direct sun with no shade! I immediately began to reign it in when I noticed how quickly I’d been running but the second I started to make a conscious effort to slow down my body and mind began to rebel. For the next 8k my legs would not respond to anything other than pacing between 4:25 and 5:00, try as I might to get into my intended range it was just not meant to be. At the 4 klick mark I was so hot and feeling so dejected that my legs weren’t responding that I slowed significantly and took on a fair bit of water, splashing it on my head and replacing my sun hat.

At 4.5km I just decided to ditch the singlet completely and ran the rest of the run with no shirt whatsover – it was at this point that I found my Ultraspire handheld came into it’s own as well! Instead of having to wrap the singlet around my wrist of neck I just tucked it into the elastic of the bottle holder and it held firm which kept me free of restriction or constriction and this small victory set my mind right for the rest of the run. I may have been running a lot slower than I had intended but once the shirt came off I began to relax a bit more and get into the rhythm of the run and to enjoy the warmth of the sun and the cooling breeze that blew every so occasionally.

Well it is certainly true that you only regret the workouts you don’t do and although for the first 4.5km I was regretting this one I ended up really enjoying it. I found my rhythm just after the 5 klick mark and stuck with it, I kept my legs up, I kept my head up and most of all I kept a smile on my face even on the uphills! In the end it was probably a good idea that I went out minimal and road based instead of weighed down with my waist pouch and my handheld on the trail! Combining those with some pretty tough grassy uphill sections, stifling heat and my mind and body telling me to lay off it today would have been crushing – a good test of mental strength maybe, but not something I really wanted from my run today.

Anyway, that’s it for today dear reader. Happy Friday y’all! Enjoy the roads and trails this weekend, wherever you are 🙂

Peace & Blessings

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