...and by mile 2 they were slushy. By mile 3, they were pure liquid. By mile 4, they were warm - yuck!
I quickly realized that this run was not all about speed. It was about getting through it. I took it easy. Very easy. In fact, I ended up taking a 30+ minute break at one point. I had come upon a picnic shelter near a water fountain and discovered a lot of athletes (mostly cyclists) taking refuge from the sun's brutality. It was kind of fun. We all sat around bemoaning the weather, talking about bikes (I learned a lot) and running (some of them were triathletes). Finally, I decided to drag myself the last 3 miles home. I ran two of them and then, when faced with a steep, mile-long uphill, I called it a day. I turned off my watch and trudged up that hill and home where I was greeted by the most wonderful thing I'd seen all day: The Husband had the sprinkler going. I kicked off my shoes, shed my hat and my fuel belt/iPod and walked right in.
Distance: 8.0 Miles
Time: 1:26:02 (not including multiple stops to catch my breath/drink/rest)
Avg. Pace: 10:45
I also crammed in a 3 miler on Thursday night:
Distance: 3.01 Miles
Avg. Pace: 9:58
I'm really hoping this heat breaks soon. I definitely got back on track last week (didn't miss a workout), and I don't want to get totally derailed this week!