About a month ago my mom and I started running again and she was telling me how she has such a hard time running in August because it’s just so unbearably hot and humid and it seems like it’s harder to run. As soon as she said that, I got a huge grin on my face because I knew EXACTLY what she was talking about.
In high school I was on the school cross country team for 3 years. I wasn’t exactly the fastest runner (my fastest 5K being 25 minutes and 23 seconds), but I enjoyed it and at least managed to make it through all the races. Over the course of these 3 years I noticed that my race times would vary quite a bit from race to race. At first, I thought it was just because most runners get faster as training continues and the season progresses, makes sense, right? Well then I started to notice that my times would randomly get slower for one race and the very next race I would be set a new personal record (PR). You could say I was pretty frustrated and confused at this point. Why couldn’t I keep a steady decrease in my race times and continue to get faster???
I would even sprint as hard as I could on that last little 0.1 of a mile left in the race!