Here are my runs for this week.
Sunday: 6 miles (high school track)
Tuesday: 2.5 miles (neighborhood)
Thurday: 2.5 miles (neighborhood)
Friday: 2.75 miles (neighborhood)
This was a great week for running in Houston. We have had a lot of rain which has kept the temperatures lower.
I set a new personal best with 6 miles completed in 1 hour and 2 minutes. This equates to just over a 10 minute per mile average. I did take a 15 second break for water twice. The first break was at the 3.25 mile mark and the second was at the 5 mile mark. While I don't know what the official rules are for taking water breaks, I know that it is summertime in Houston and I don't want to die! While completing 24 laps was fantastic, I should have probably completed lap #25 as that would have been a 10k run. That will be my goal for this Sunday. I also will start running at 6:00 am instead of 7:30 like I did last week. The heat was pretty intense even at 8:30 when I finished running.
I decided to change things up during the week as time is more of a factor. Instead of going to the track I decided to run though my neighborhood. Road running is without a doubt more difficult. The road is harder on my feet an knees. Also my neighboorhood has many hills and this makes for a more rigorous run. I think the worst part about road running is the the center to side slope in the roads. My ankles and knees always feel like they are bent sideways.
About half a mile of the run was on a trail though a wooded area. Even though the terrain is uneven and at times a bit muddy, this was the most enjoyable part of the run as it is easiest on my feet and the scenery is enjoyable. I will look for a longer trail in the area and try to run off-road more often.
Stay tuned for more updates next week. Again, Sunday's goal this week is 25 laps or 10k.