Yes, here we go again. Seventeen weeks until the Savannah Rock-n-Roll marathon (November 9th). Most of these weeks will be run at an average of 80º and 70% humidity, requiring that I go through more gallons of Powerade each run than Jeff Gordon's #24 goes through in race day fuel. But I have actually come to appreciate the direct correlation that occurs between summer runs and race day.
As evidence, going into this next event I have completed marathons in the Fall (2), Winter (3) and the Spring (2). Of these races, my two most successful (fastest & better than expected) were the two Fall ones. I am positive that the summer training has been the key. Of course, most runners know that temperature has a significant impact on performance; over 55º +/-, you begin to lose precious seconds for every degree warmer. From hydration to endurance, it absolutely kills you. So, it reasons that staying to your training plan in the higher extremes better prepares you for that nice crisp fall morning. This is just my experience, but I can point to the opposite of this being true as well. A good winter training does not lead to success for a warm Spring morning.
Alright, that's all. A little motivation to move me into week two, as well as an open invitation to anyone looking to join in the Savannah fun. We already have a couple of couples that are running and would love to meet up with all of you. Now repeat after me ..... "sweet summer sweat equals sweet fall success ..... sweet summer sweat equals sweet fall success ..... sweet summer sw....."