We’ve been hit hard with a heat wave this week with temps of 32C (90F) and up, feeling more like 42C (108F) with the humidity.
Last I checked, we live in Canada!
Today marks my first week of official training for the Toronto Marathon on October 17th and my first run called for a 6K (~4.5mi) tempo. I figured my best option for a successful run would be dark o’thirty this morning. The alarm went of at 4:30 and I even convinced hubs to join me.
We managed to beat some of the heat and the sun, but there was no reprieve from the humidity. It was only 21C (70F) when we set out at 4:50AM, but felt like 32C (90F) given the 89% humidity.
Hubs and I started our warm-up together but soon parted ways to complete our respective workouts. I took it slow for a 3K warm-up, willing my body to acclimate to the conditions. I was soaked from head to toe before I even started the tempo portion.
Off we go!
3K warm-up @ 18:56
Target Tempo Pace = 5:00/KM
5:09 – okay, legs feel good. just have to fight the humidity.
5:09 – where’s my oxygen tank?
4:59 – no way could I run 6K at this pace today!
5:07 – stopped for a super quick breather and gulp of water, immediately felt sick. uh-oh…
5:10 – eased off a bit for the first half until I started feeling okay again. almost done.
4:56 – one more K. push, push, push.
And done! Average tempo pace: 5:05/KM.
I’m definitely pleased with how this went. I expected worse based on the weather but managed to hang in there pretty close to target pace. On a typical day, I know I can nail sub-5:00 splits. Hopefully next Tuesday will be a little cooler!