WE had a long hot spell in the last two weeks of January and it looks like continuing well into February. Not only is it hot/humid but we haven't been getting any short breaks from it!!! I am currently training for a HM in April - still a few months away but my training plan involves longruns every two weeks with a goal race pace run of half the previous weeks longrun during the intervening weeks. Last week I did a 14 K run - so yesterday was a 7K run at goal race pace. Up until two years ago I had run a 14K race and a HM at 7:30 mins per k. The 14K race was very early in the piece and I had barely finished C25K and the HM was during the following year, so I thought that running 21.1K at my previous 14K pace was a sign of improvement. Moving on to last year, I trained for another HM to be run at 7:30 pace - but surprised myself by running it at 7:00 mins per k. Now most of this is quite irrelevant in that I don't really care much now about race times - I have done under 30 mins for 5K parkrun once and under 2hours 30 mins for the HM once - so I have no desire to lower those times. However I guess it is fair to say that I would like to be able to do those times again some time in the future. So I have been now training to run 7:00 in my upcoming HM. Yesterday , at sunrise 5AM , it was 28C and silly 85% humidity. I managed to do my 7K @ 7:00 mins pace as per the plan - but I was fairly well finished at the end. I think I am going to have to dial back my goal for this HM in April!!!!