Tuesday, June 25, 2013


What a difference a couple of hours make!  I started my local 10 miler this morning a little after 6:30.  It was a gorgeous 70 degrees.  I did a 7 mile loop and then my 3 mile loop which I hadn't done in months.  I thought about my race performance at Stratton Faxon during most of the run.  I wondered if I hadn't made the conscious decision to use the bathroom and "fun run" it, what would my time have been?  Shoulda woulda coulda.

I'm already looking for a possible redemption race.  There's a half marathon at Mount Holyoke in Massachusetts on July 21, right around the time the kids and I are supposed to visit The Nun.  It fits in perfectly with my training schedule.  That is one of the few Sundays when I am scheduled to run that distance.  Could it work?  There are some hills at the beginning and end, but they're no worse than what's in Manhasset.  I contacted the race director who happens to reply almost immediately.  The main issue is the start time:  9:00am!  Wasn't this a problem just two days ago?  And now we're talking the end of July.  The director said 2/3 of the race is "in the reservoirs" so the heat won't be so bad.  I'm not quite sure what that means.  Are we swimming?   Am I just asking for trouble?

What would you do?


  1. The reservoir will help mitigate the temperature and humidity, but it will still be hot as heck. I personally wouldn't run a half in July, but you may have a greater tolerance for heat than I do.

    1. I have no tolerance for heat, but I'm a sucker for humidity. Not really, just a sucker, I guess.