It rained last night for a few hours and it was cloudy all morning. I thought it would be a good day for a long run. It would have if the sun didn't come out after about a mile. Nothing like the Florida sun warming up the vegetation a day after a long rain. Humid is normal in Orlando. Humid is expected. This type of humidity, though, is steamy. Sometimes you suck a warm steamy breath in and it takes you off guard and feel like you are going to choke. It's hard to explain. Wait, it's like running and then all of a sudden you hit a pocket of air like you are in a sauna.
I am used to having my hamstrings feel tight for a warmup and then it usually goes away after the first mile or two. Today, my left hamstring was tight for the first 4 miles. I only ran 6.75 miles, so that was most of my run. I finally felt good for about the last mile. I had a destination in mind, so I stopped running, but I finally hit a point where I thought I could run a little longer. I should have mapped out a route before I started. I just started down the road and I thought it would be around 8 miles by the route I chose. Apparently not.
I just feel so bored running more than about 4 or 5 miles. I have no idea how people can run a marathon. Hours? Really? I can't even think of a genre of music that I could play and still enjoy it for that much time running. I hate long runs. I know I need them to increase my endurance, so it is a necessary evil, but I wish riding a bike for a long distance would do the trick. There is no replacement. Just the long run.
This was my long run for the week and it still fell short of what I wanted to accomplish. Considering I missed Thursday's group practice, I hope I didn't lose any ground on my progress.