Today’s run was a hot one. Hit 90° later in the afternoon. I suspect the temperature during the three hours I was out there was in the upper 80s. I drank 32 ounces of water. That’s a large amount for me. I might take some electrolytes along for tomorrow’s run. I had to stop after 15 miles today because my legs were ready to cramp. I was targeting 17 miles. Wasn’t the day for it. Great day though to take the ALS ice bucket challenge after the run. It almost felt self-serving to cool off. It doesn’t bother me that I had to walk in the final two miles. I learned young to set goals high. You might not reach them. It’s better though to come close, even if that brings disappointment, than to reach shallower goals. It was during my walk home I determined I would take the ALS ice bucket challenge.
I ran slow today too, the entire distance. I felt a bit sluggish starting off but figured a little LSD wouldn’t hurt for today. That’s running lingo for long, slow, distance. There are benefits to putting in the miles regardless of pace. Sometimes I’m even in the mood to run slow, and was today. I generally prefer a fast run though. I had a super fast eight miler on Thursday. I hit the LoBo Trail right after a hard rain shower. The cool air felt great. I didn’t wear a watch but I knew I was running fast. Felt awesome. I even ran a half mile fartlek at an accelerated pace. I did this after 4.5 miles when my legs were well warmed up. I’d like to be able to get in a fast run like this once or twice a week. Muscles have memory and mine remember running fast. My workouts are on pace for the Boulder Marathon in October. I’m gaining momentum as I log the miles.