Monday (8/17/15)- 6.05 miles, 52:15, 8:38 pace
Tuesday (8/18/15)- 6 miles, 49:04, 8:11 pace. This was supposed to be 4x1.5 miles with 800m recovery. I didn't start until 5pm when it was 850 degrees and 1000% humidity. Because of the unfavorable conditions, I thought I would run at the gym where it turned out to be only 750 degrees and 900% humidity. Was the AC not working? Were they deliberately trying to boil everyone? Or just me. Whatever the case, I failed. My "warm" up was just 800m and I only completed 3x1.5 miles with the recoveries because it sucked and I sucked right there with it.
Wednesday (8/19/15)- Off
Thursday - (8/20/15)10 miles, 1:20:58, 8:06 pace. 9 mile tempo run with a 1 mile warm up. This was a cool run, literally. I ran along Niagara Lake above the Falls on the Canadian side. Beautiful! After my warm up, it started to downpour. I toughed it out, but after 6 miles (and a couple of bathroom emergency stops...yeah, I know) I decided to finish up at the hotel gym rather than risk drowning my iPhone. I actually enjoy running in the rain, especially in this heat.
Friday - (8/21/15) 5.98 miles, 58:22, 8:56 pace. Another gorgeous run, except this time along the river in Pittsburgh. My first time in the city. I ran a couple of blocks from the hotel and down a flight of stairs next to the 9th Street Bridge down to the Three Rivers Heritage Trail along the Allegheny River. I saw the PNC baseball park across the river where the kids watched the Pirates beat the Giants the night before. A couple of blocks west I saw the Steeler stadium. Growing up, my brother was (and still is) a huge Steelers fan so when I saw the stadium it was like seeing the Taj Mahal. I went around the Point State Park Fountain until the trail ended. I went up and over the Smithfield Street Bridge to the other side of the Monongahela River. There were a couple of restaurants and a soccer field where it looked like a game of college aged men were about to play a team of women. That would have been fun to watch. I turned around at three miles and headed back to the hotel. I loved touring this new city on foot and hope to return again soon.
Saturday - (8/22/15)10 miles, 1:24:41, 8:28 pace. Okay, this is my last scenic route for the week. Friday afternoon we left Pittsburgh for Chester Springs PA to visit our friend Leonard. Saturday morning I got out the door around 10am. I ran out 5 miles and back on a rural road lined with sprawling stone farmhouses and rolling hills. I saw and smelled a lot of cows and horses. I think I ran faster than I should have because the family was waiting for me to get on the road and head back home. At mile 7 when I peaked my last hill, I actually almost got sick on the side of the road. I think it was the cumulative elevation (total gain 768 feet which is a lot for this south shore LI runner), the heat, and probably running too fast. Even still, I enjoyed it. I love using my runs as a way to explore new places.
Total miles - 46.1, at least 4 miles shorter than what was scheduled.
Again, I'm unable to post my pictures. I will get them all on here once I solve my computer problem.