In preparation for Parkersburg, I have replaced speed days for hill workouts. Parkersburg is very hilly, and the half marathon is August 20. It will be hot.
With that in mind, I followed through with my plan to do hills at Griggs Reservoir tonight even though the temps were in the 90s. My goal was to do four sets at an easy pace so I could get the workout in, but not be over-exerted in this heat.
Going up the first side of the hill was not too bad because it isn't very big. Heading down the other side was really nice! There was plenty of shade so it was a couple of degrees cooler. I didn't even mind turning around and going back up, even though this side of the hill is steeper and much harder to climb.
The workout lasted about 55 minutes and my heart rate didn't go above 144, so I know I did not overdo it. And though my legs felt heavy when I started out because of the 10 miles on Sunday, after that first hill, I felt great.
Today, I'm glad I did hills in the heat. In August, I know I'll be even happier I followed through with today's hills.
When I started, the temperature was 91 degrees and when I finished it had cooled to only 86. Woo hoo!