Happy Saturday! Just popping in to say that somehow I survived a 7.4 mile run this morning in the heat. I knew it was going to be a scorcher, so my friend Vera and I decided to meet up with a running group in my area and that turned out to be an awesome decision. But let’s rewind a bit…
The morning started with a 5am wake-up call… ouch. I actually woke up just before my alarm and started getting myself together pretty quickly. For pre-run fuel, I ate a banana with 2 tbsp of reduced fat chunky peanut butter.
I also drank an entire coconut water that I hadn’t gotten for free after a race a while ago.
The flavor was good, and even though I know a lot of people drink coconut water AFTER runs to rehydrate, I wanted to make sure I was going into the run super hydrated because it was so hot out. Plus, I saw it in the fridge and I wanted it.
For fuel during the run, I brought two options with me:
Watermelon Sports Bean and a Gu. I’ve never tried that flavor of sports beans, but I love most of the other flavors of them, and the vanilla bean is hands down my favorite flavor of GU. It tastes like vanilla frosting to me. Yum!
And then, with a forced smile on my face, I headed out!
It was a little surreal to be in my car before 6am, not gonna lie.
But once I got to the site where we were all going to meet, it was refreshing to see so many other runners!
The group leader first led the runners through some warm up stretches, including running in place, butt kicks, high knees, and this move to stretch out the calves:
Then he walked us through the running route and where the water stops would be in case we got separated from the group.
And then, we were off! Vera and I left with the 10+ minute crowd, and it started out OK. Even at 6am when the run began, it was already 85 degrees, hot, and humid.
Physically I actually felt pretty good for most of the run, but mentally it was extremely challenging. It was just so hot and I was sweating profusely even before we began. I kept telling myself just to focus on the mile at hand, which always helps when I break the run down into segments. I ran for almost the entire time, but then walked up the last hill of the course which was a little evil. Here’s the breakdown:
- Mile 1: 10:01
- Mile 2: 10:11
- Mile 3: 10:22
- Mile 4: 10:38
- Mile 5: 10:38 (ate the GU right after this)
- Mile 6: 10:59
- Mile 7: 10:48
- Last .37: 12:03 pace (walking up the hill)
I seriously looked like I had jumped in a pool in my running clothes when we were done. I thought I would feel like I wanted to die when it was over, but I actually felt awesome and stretched a bit with the group afterwards before heading back to my car, where I promptly removed my soaked through shirt and drove home in my sports bra.
So even though waking up at 5am was not ideal, its only 9:30 and I’ve already run 7.37 miles, cleaned my whole apartment, and now blogged! It feels like it should be 3pm…
What are you doing to stay cool in the heat today?