I planned to run 14 miles, my last long run before the 1/2 marathon, part of the NJ Marathon next Sunday. I had the smarts to go out the nite before, and hide a frozen water bottle, at what would be around mile 9-10. While I knew it was going to be warm in the morning, when I checked the weather, it called for highs around 64deg. when I planned to run.
Well, when I got out to run around 7:00am, it was already in the low 70's. I should have grabbed a water to start with, but I figured I would be OK, since I had a bottle out on the route.
I wanted to make this a nice comfortable slow run, logging in the miles. I did log the miles, but it was more of a struggle than comfortable. The heat really took it's toll, since I haven't run in this heat in probably 6 months or more.
I was pumped to get to my water stop, and get my water, around mile 9. I ran through Mercer County Park, and there was a March of Dimes walk getting started. The park was full of activity, bikers, walkers, runners, crews out practicing on the lake, soccer games. It is one busy park!
Anyway, I was glad when this run was over. I felt like crap when it was done, but was glad I pushed thru the pain, and finished. Sure was a blow to the confidence I was building heading into the 1/2.
14 miles (2:08:11) 9:09 avg.