I am still running NYC (booked my flights last week!) and have been training. One thing I realized is that I've never really trained hard during the summer. I've obviously run when it was hot outside, but not week after week of long runs, speed work, tempo runs, and daily runs in the heat and humidity. I ran Chicago last year, but we were in northern Michigan for July and most of August where the temps were cooler and the humidity was low. Then I had to take some time off due to a hip injury when we got back to Arkansas and didn't start running again until it had cooled off here. The year before that, we got the boys and I wasn't training for anything specific or doing speed work or long runs. And beyond that, my training intensity was pretty low.
I'm really happy to have moved on from speed work to the marathon specific phase where I'm doing a lot of work at my marathon goal pace. I normally enjoy speed work, but it simply was not enjoyable for me this time around and the fact that I normally enjoy it and see success in it made it more frustrating. My goal pace runs go take more effort than it should at times, but I remind myself that I'm doing it on tired legs and in the heat - neither of which will be present on race day. When I look back over the last 12 months, it's by far the most consistent I've ever been.
8 weeks down, 8 weeks to go!
Who else is training for a fall race and how has your training been affected by the weather?
Would you rather train through a hot summer or a cold winter? (I'd take a cold winter!)