Today's virtual run brought together runners from the Far East, specifically Manila, with runners from the US West Coast (San Diego, OC, and Seattle). The Manila contingency got underway at the unenviable pre-dawn hour of 4:30am (Thur.) to coincide with our 1:30pm (Wed.) start.
I set my alarm clock for 5am today to meet OCTR for a separate 6am run. Funny thing is I woke up at 4:45am and almost in a panic thinking that I missed the 4:30am run. Was I dreaming that I was running in Manila?
Today's local Newport Beach conditions:
77 deg. F
10mph on-shore breeze
sunny with 100% UV exposure
I changed my starting point so that my course will run through the San Joaquin Marsh and Bird Sanctuary. I figure the slight change might help make this a more interesting run. I aimed for 6 miles today–1 mile warm-up, 4 miles at a fast pace, and 1 mile cool down.
Already I could tell it was gonna be a hot run. That's fine, I thought. Mt. Disappointment is the weekend after, and I need to get as much heat acclimation as I can get to prepare for that race. After the warm-up, I picked up my speed, not wanting to get left behind by my virtual training buds. I could only sustain a sub 8-minute mile for so long before the heat and today's early morning run began to take their toll on me. My back was also sore from last night's wall climbing session at the rock gym and was bothering me. But enough with the excuses.
I usually aim for a negative split, so at the 3-mile point, I turned around, and picked up my pace. Luckily no one was around to hear me heaving and gasping for air and crying to the heavens above to give me the strength to persevere at least till I get to mile 5. A few minutes later, my prayers were answered, and I slowed my pace for my cool-down all the way to the finish.
It was a fun day training with my online friends today, none of whom I have met in person yet, though I somehow felt their presence there. Amazing, the power of blogging in bringing people together :)
All you runners who can't seem to find other peeps to train with, don't let geography limit you. The date is not set yet, but you are all invited to our next virtual training run.
Fellow virtual runners' recaps (will update as I see them come up):
Mile 1 (warm-up)
9:58 min. mile
8:36 min. mile
Mile 5 (it was shortly before here that I was crying like a baby)
8:14 min. mile
Mile 6 (cool down)
10:03 min. mile
First Virtual Run Recaps: