Average pace: 4:38/km
Location: Burnaby Lake, CCW
Distance: 6.01 km
Calories burned: 433
Total distance to date: 2103 km
On Friday afternoon I felt a scratchiness in my throat. By Saturday my sinuses, throat and chest were all in agreement–I had caught the same bug as Jeff, just as he is recovering from his bout. On the plus side I got a handy preview of what to expect.
Saturday was fairly mellow, with lots of napping and then a long night’s sleep, so I decided to still head out for my run today and go as far as I could manage, hoping optimally for a complete loop around the lake.
My first tactical error was doing the full 30+ minute walk to the lake instead of cheating and riding the SkyTrain. Combined with the unusually warm weather (it started close to 25ºC and went up nearly three degrees while I was out) meant that I was already at a somewhat low reserve right from the start.
I headed off and the left foot was annoying me again but was bearable. The heat was less so. I was feeling parched not too far in and it only got worse. I maintained a decent pace despite this but could feel my strength ebbing away. As I neared the five km mark I decided I’d push to Still Creek, the unofficial halfway point, then walk to the Burnaby Lake SkyTrain station.
As I neared the bridge on the creek I momentarily toyed with the idea of continuing but quickly tossed it aside because my mouth was cotton and my stamina was gone (collapsing spectacularly over the last half km). I still managed 6 km and an average pace of 4:38/km so I’m pleased at the effort, given the conditions.