It’s been a good start to June so far this week. When summer hit the first thing that happened was my runs got both shorter and slower. I was a little worried that the heat was going to really impact my running like it has in previous years. But this is the best shape I’ve been in since I started running and seems I’m acclimating to the heat pretty well. I really struggled with my runs since I got back from Europe. Even though I did several 6 – 8 mile runs while I was there, as soon as I got back I really struggled.
I had been doing really well on my pace, getting all of my runs under a 10 minute per mile pace. Since I got back a couple weeks ago, through last Friday, I just couldn’t keep a pace under 10 min/mi. Last Friday that started to change but it wasn’t until yesterday that I really felt good. I managed to go 6 miles at a 9:53 pace. Not significantly under a 10:00 pace but it felt good. I usually can judge how a run went on if I manage a reverse split which I did here.
I’m always happy to see a really consistent split as well and this was fairly good for me. Most laps within about 10 seconds of each other. Tonight’s run was even better. I was going to go 6 miles tonight but I decided when I started that I wanted to see if I could push myself a little harder on a shorter run so I went 4 miles tonight. I didn’t really have consistent splits since I was going for a continually faster pace. I think I did a good job there!
It’s been a while since I had a run where each split was faster than the last. I’m glad I wasn’t going more than 4 miles though since I was running out of gas at the end there. I might be acclimating to the heat…but its still hot out!