Today I had the opportunity of running with a world class runner, Andrew Lemoncello. He is preparing himself for the humidity at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea by training in Houston. He runs for England and is going to run the marathon. He's already run 2:13 but is looking to better that in the future. We were fortunate enough to be able to get a long run in with him. He was amazed at how hot and humid the Houston weather is. It seems training in a sweat suit doesn't adequately prepare oneself for such extreme weather in a place such as Houston. The only advice I could give him was not to overdo the heat acclimation as he may end up wearing himself out before the World Championships. But then I trust he already knows this. He was a pretty grounded and affable dude. The kind of guy you would enjoy doing a long run with. He will be jumping in the "Hottest Half" half marathon in Dallas next weekend for a tempo. I will be wishing him well and will keep a look out for him in the World Champs and the Olympics next year. Here is how the long run turned out. We took it nice and easy as he was still acclimating himself coming down from altitude and the humidity.
7:17, 6:38, 6:36, 6:34, 6:31, 6:34, 6:26, 6:22, 6:11, 6:10, 6:02, 6:20, 6:13, 6:04, 5:43 last .34 miles
Total Average Pace: 6:25
2 months ago