Running for any amount of distance in Phoenix in the summer is brutal.
It is 'Hot Stuff' in Phoenix AZ in the summer:
Ramping up the miles lately for ultra-marathon racing season - 37 miles for the weekend with some good elevation gain on Sunday. Saturday's 22 mile run starting at 4:00am was brutal hot towards the end of the run and I got dropped like a bad habit by a bad-ass lady trying to qualify for the Olympic Trials. I suppose if you are going to get your ass handed to you might as well be by a bad-ass runner.
The plan for the summer is to put in tons of base miles, try to cause some noise in an ultra-marathon later this summer (only 60km - but hey that is still a decent distance), build up a good base, and then start putting the screws to everything - speed work, tempo runs, miles per week, diet; in preparation for hopefully a sub-3 hour full marathon towards the end of the year.
Finally here is picture from the official race photographer at the Ojai Mountains-2-Beach Full Marathon last month giving the thumbs up while I was still getting mine just prior to completely imploding and folding like a cheap suit;
Total side story... that dude just behind me with the gray shirt and CHIPS sunglasses pissed me off for some reason during the race (for no reason other than his cheesy sunglasses - he was probably a normal good guy) and he totally passed me with about 1/2 mile to go and I couldn't do anything about it. Ugh.
Anyway... as always - Running is Awesome!