Wednesday morning I was up before the sun to complete my run before it got too hot. The temperature at 2am was still a “Feels Like” temp of 91 degrees F. ( or 33 C ) I decided to try to keep with the low intensity effort run again. I was listening to Ultra Running coach Lucho this week and he commented about not running just to reach a certain number of miles for the week. While I agree with him, I still need time on my feet and miles in the bank. The Terawera Ultra is only 7 weeks from now. So I finished an easy paced 10 mile run. It started to rain for the last 5 minutes. I almost got home before getting wet.
Thursday’s run was done in the mid afternoon. Cloudy skies and a light rain made the temperatures reasonable. I tried a new route for this run and it made it enjoyable. I started at Legong Beach and ran out to Echo Beach and then on a new road past Echo Beach. A few inclines made my heart rate climb a little bit. Overall it was still a comfortable paced run of 6.3 miles.
For my Saturday run of 22 miles, I woke up after only a couple of hours of sleep, had a cup of coffee, a Chia Surge Endurance Gel and was on the road by 12:35am. It was raining lightly when I started. The full moon was peeking out between the showers. That changed early on with the rain becoming continuous. I kept up with my plan of a gel every 4 miles, alternating between Chia Surge and GU gels. I had a bottle filled with UCan Super Starch and a bottle of Hammer Heed. Also I had my CamelBak Ultra Vest filled up with water. I really had no excuse for running at a snail’s pace. The rain keep me cooled off. But I felt pretty good for the last couple miles and I am still injury free.