Week 5 Summary

Today is the end of week 5 of the 24 week training plan. I ran 4+ miles, doing the 8 strider workout. It was hot, but not as bad as yesterday. Today it was only 96 with a dew point of 73. I forgot to wear my HRM strap. In any case, I got 22.3 miles for the week against my target of 20. I will try to plan my long (8 miles) run next week either on Monday or the forecast coolest day of the week.

The heat seems to be the over-riding factor of training. I can't expect to run a prescribed pace in this heat. I am worrying about any possible cumulative effect of the heat stress. My overall heart rate variability (HRV) stress is very low, indicating I am in very good shape and the heat and running and all other things are not putting my heart in stress. My "fitness age" is 42.

I seem to worry about the heat more than anything else. Already I am worried about getting in a decent 8 miler next week, so I want to do it tomorrow, mostly so I can stop worrying about getting it in. Absent that, I should try to run it on the forecasted coolest day. I have tomorrow off from work, so I could run it tomorrow and get it done. That doesn't seem like the optimal motivation for doing anything.

The forecast for next week is:

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The coolest it will get all week is 82 on Thursday morning at about 0600. The lowest humidity will be tomorrow. I am going to try for tomorrow.

In any case, I have no idea if I am training "on plan" because my paces don't mean anything in this heat. I guess I should just settle to feel like I am doing everything I can to train to the plan. Can't do any better than that.