Running in the Heat.
Some people think I’m a little nuts about running these days. But I don’t think that I’m doing anything out of the ordinary, really. Trying to be fit is a good thing, and I’m running generally between 20 and 30 miles a week. I’m about to start training for my marathon, which will require that I do a little more in the way of mileage, but nothing crazy. I’m not going to be running 60 mile weeks. I’ll top out at 40-45. I made a tentative plan for my training schedule, which is still subject to BB’s edits and other marathoners telling me it’s a bad plan:
But I think this is something I can get behind and stick to. A 500 mile plan (including the race) that gets me to where I need to be distance and fitness wise, preserves my crosstraining time, and gets me some rest. And Sunday could also include bike or gym, since it’s a nice easy three mile run day. It’s a very simple plan. No special hill work, no real speed work other than tempo runs. Just about logging miles and getting ready to finish a marathon.
What this means, though, is logging a lot of miles in the heat and humidity after work. That’s going to be a challenge. Yesterday I ran 4.25 miles in 90 degree heat. The amazing thing was my friend from work joining me even though it’s Ramadan. It was 5pm, hot, humid, and he ran while on a total fast – including water! It was a bad idea. Impressive,
So I’m going to be marathon training in the brutal ECC summer. Pray for my soul. And my legs. And my electrolyte balance.