In Mauritius - on honeymoon. Sound good? I thought so too, that's why I booked it - you know, sneak a bit of good weather training in under the radar while away - except that's not how it's working out. You see there's one incy wincy little problem - the humidity. Oh boy do I wish we were in St Lucia.
As you might expect, I've now done my research and discovered that the feeling of breathlessness I've been experiencing is hypoxia - a condition associated with training at altitude. When running at 7:15 per mile (i.e. longrun pace) my heart is doing 170bpm (i.e. 5K rate) and rising, wheras it's normally 150bpm on the flat at that pace.
The furthest I've managed is 10K and returned in a pathetic condition! I even tried tanking a 5K as an effort session and had to stop at the turn around point to get my breath back. Yesterday I was attempting a strides session on the beach at sunset when I had to stop on 4. Yes F-O-U-R.
Come back snow, all is forgiven.
Looks like Blackpool is just going to be pleasant training run then. I think I'll give it a pop at 80-90% marathon pace just for some enduance training, but being honest with myself, it's not going to be a good run after being thwarted by the extremes of cold and hot weather i.e. ice and humidity.
Edinburgh it is then. Onwards.
PS Don't feel too sorry for me - I'm staying here.