I'd been planning this run for weeks, but the signs this afternoon were not looking good. I was chatting with a co-worker when I saw the TV by him flash 31C and the words "EXTREME HEAT ALERT". Great, this will be fun.
I'm exactly 20 kilometres from work if you measure it out by the trails that lead from my office's front doors to mine. The plan was to bring my running gear to work, then after work change and go out the door for that run home.
I knew that a huge problem would be getting enough liquid so I filled three fuel belt bottles and also carried a 750 ml Gatorade bottle. It was a lot to carry but I had no clue if I'd find water fountains.
It was stinking hot, 30C with humidex of 36C, but for some reason, I kept a strong pace. Maybe it was to get this run over with, but I took the run quite strongly. Even on a cool day, the 5 minute kilometre pace or 8 minute miles would not be easy. Today, it was really difficult. Two bonuses were that the route home is downhill and there was a lot of shade.
I had biked the route in reverse a few times but I was pretty shocked that I was able to make it through the trails without taking the wrong turn.
What surprised me was how fast I got back downtown. It usually takes me at least an hour and 10 minutes to get home after work, and this run only took about 25 minutes more. That's pretty efficient use of commuting time for training time.
So there you go, I'm going to do this once a week and get in these monster 12 to 15 milers on Wednesday done.
Because if I could take this route on this day, then the rest of the summer should be okay. 12 miles in 1:37.