An obligatory post to say that I survived my first 20 mile training run in temps of over 80 degrees. I would not say I thrived, I would not say it was fast, I would not say it was pleasant, but it is done. I'm glad I started at 5:30 or the temps would have been unbearable. I ran a route with a lot of shade, but by the last hour, it just felt hot and any stretch in the sun seemed interminable.
For many years of marathon training, my "rule" for runs at about 17 miles or more is to get through it the first time, to improve it the second time, and to own it the third time.
Since it was my first 20 of the season (actually, I think my first 20 since the marathon in Houston in January?), I should be happy just to have it done.
But yow, my pace was depressing. I think a lot of it can be blamed on the weather. We've had a fairly mild summer this year, and frequently the temp when I've started running has been in the 70s. So having it be over 80 was kind of a shock to my system.
Instead of remembering the pace, I'm going to try to see it as just a check mark on the training log.
First 20 miler: check.
I'm heading to New Mexico in a couple hours, and looking at the overnight forecast, I see 69 degrees from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. I've decided to ignore the lightning bolt and isolated storms that are also in those hours, and instead, I'm going to look forward to a lovely cool run. Too bad I couldn't do my 20 there!