The speed doesn’t beat the heat.

8.5 mi. I left the house at 4pm, in the dead heat of the day with clouds threatening from all sides. I ddn’t have a fair amount of time to do a long slow run, so I opted to run around the neighborhood up Northlake Blvd to Military Trail, north to PGA and home through PGA National Park. All at a quick pace. The first 3 miles were at 7 min pace. I stopped to drink my handbottle with EFS and water. Then I ran more, miles 4, 5 before another stop and walk to drink again. At Spoto’s Oyster Bar someone yelled,”Run, run, run” at me, but I didn’t see who that was. Later at Waterway Cafe, I found out Tonya (who was celebrating her 40th birthday) was the one that saw me. I ran over the PGA turnpike hill, turned into PGA National, and picked the quickest route home. It was very hot, my stop and drink breaks were coming more frequently and no surprise, my pace slowed. I finished by exiting the park and running a loop around my neighborhood’s lake. Finishing with 8.6 miles or actual running accordingto the Garmin watch, my pace was 7:17. So yes I did slow significantly in the heat of the afternoon. I enjoy the tempo runs, I have to include more of these during the week, or continue to run at the same times and paces…

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