Saturday, July 22, 2006

Heat + Hills = Exhaustion

Okay, so I guess we all know what Tina thought of the run today!

We finally attended our first 'official' TNT run and this was a serious kick ass run! Many, many hills spread over 10.1 miles and I think it was already close to 80 degrees when we started at 7:30 this morning. I was hoping to cover the 10 miles in 2 hours. That would be a steady 5 mph, 12 min mile pace. Perfect to judge the marathon pace I'd like to set. Okay, that plan was working for the first half of the run where the hills weren't quite so steep. The second half was a joke as far as my pace went. The hills were much steeper and some of them were very, very long. After one particularly gruesome hill, I hit a flat and thought I could breathe a bit. Nope, turn the corner and the hill continued. I have to admit to walking some of these hills. The combined heat and exertion of trying to run them all was leaving me light headed. I finished in about 2:10, and I'm not going to complain about it.

I ended up getting a little ahead of Tina, so once I reached the finish line and realized I wasn't going to keel over, I walked out about a 1/4 mile to run her in. I hid out in the shade of a tree and when I saw her coming I jogged over and we finished up. Did I get appreciation for this effort?!? No, I get "You could have at least brought the car!" Hahahahaha! :-)

1 comment:

fishsprout said...

That pic sums up my feelings for the day. 2:10 on that course, you're destined to finish in 5 hours! WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOO! :-p