Got Dayum! (as my good friend Fork would say)
I'm getting better at this running thing.
After the weekends' really disheartening 20k race I felt rather deflated. I know it isn't exactly a proper reflection of my abilities considering I've done so damn well managing my diabetes for running as of late. But I can't help that it just made me pissed off and not really in the mood to lace up my shoes straight away. I took 2 days off. Yeah, 2 WHOLE days off.. in-a-row! No physical exercise at all.
Then I hit the pavement Wednesday morning.
I have such a love/hate relationship with morning runs. Sleep is difficult for me for one. I also really relish my morning blog readings with big fat coffee in hand. At the same time, nothing beats the feeling of finishing up a run before the day has even begun. I mean, it certainly wakes me up. I do put up a bit of a fight with myself though. Shuffling around the house at 5am like a grumpy kid. "I don't WAAANNA put my uncomfortable sports bra on.", "I wanna go back to beeeeeeeeed!"
Open the door, walk down the driveway, "Man, what the fuck?"
whine, whine, whine.
It takes me a good 2km to adjust. Then I'm happy as all snot! I even try to remind myself that it'll be all so totally worth it once I get my ass moving, but I'm a stubborn one.
This is what happens when you live alone. Yikes.
Wow, total digression. So any way... I ran the same route as last weeks hellish hottest day on earth run and I learned some valuable things. I have a really great 10km (right on the dot) route with some decent hills, a partial forest trail and a few regular places to.. well.. crap! (since that's out in the open now, *phew!*)
The weather was PERTY! no more hell on earth. Let's compare stats and see how they relate to each other in the outcome of my performance. Yes, let's talk all about ME!! Yes, Let's!!
Last Thursday's run:
Temperature & Humidex making it "feel like" 39C (102F)
Distance: 9.58 km
Avg. Pace: 6:34 min/km
Avg. HR: 174 bpm
Max. HR: 191 bpm
Temperature (with no humidex) 24C
Distance: 10.03 km
Avg. Pace: 6:25 min/km
Avg. HR: 166 bpm
Max. HR: 181 bpm
So, not exactly a hugely noticeable difference in heart rate and pace but a difference none-the-less. 10 seconds per km faster, and almost 10 bpm slower. Last week I had to take more walk breaks to catch my breath and this week the only breaks I took was to scoot into the bush. The biggest difference was in how I felt. Last week I felt pretty horrible. Yet this week's run felt super amazing. I felt all sorts of powerful for some reason. A renewed faith in my abilities as a runner. That humidity makes a huge difference.