Today’s run (street): 4.3 miles
I’ve been thinking a lot about the upcoming Dirty Sock 10K that happens on August 18th. I ran this race in 2009, 2010 and 2011, but I skipped it last year. It’s a hard race, especially at the end. Conditions are often brutal, with temperatures near 90° and humidity approaching 100%. The website describes the course as “USATF Certified and Sanctioned, fast, mostly flat, picturesque, wooded trails, only 2/10 mile paved. Splits, water stops, road apples, uneven terrain.” The last mile of this race always feels as long as the previous five.
The best way to train for this race is to run the course, something I’m planning to do with my friend Mike in early August. In the meantime, I’m planning to push my speed more often in the training runs I do each day. This might be a challenge if the weather remains hot and humid, as it was today.
This morning I got out reasonably early. After a quick loop around the northern section of my neighborhood, I headed to the middle school where I could access the foot path that leads to a service road and local business park. I ran the park loop clockwise so I could take on all the elevation at once, rather than endure the long, but less steep elevation I’d encounter going the other way.
During yesterday’s run I’d moderated my pace in response to the sweltering heat. Today was slightly cooler and the sun was less intense at the start. I focused on my turnover, in hopes of achieving a faster pace than Friday’s. I ended up with a respectable time, although I’d like to improve that by 20 seconds per mile by race day. I’m thinking of visiting Bethpage tomorrow and hoping that this evening’s rainstorm will chase away the heat and make running conditions more pleasant on the running trail.