Thursday, August 4, 2011

Triple Digit Run

No, I did not run 100+ miles.  (I haven't even been running 100+ miles in a month. Sad, I know.)

I did run in triple digit heat last night.  When I got out of my car, the iPhone said it was 101.  I'm sure the head index was higher.  I know the humidity was nuts.

Somehow I allowed a running buddy talk me into going to the East Nasty run even though we knew it'd be miserable.  I was surprised that quite a few others still showed up despite the heat.  I guess we're all crazy.

We set out on the 4-miler and quickly discovered it was pretty tough to breathe.  We chit chatted and took it easy, running with the 9:30 pace group.  Lucky for us, lululemon had a crew at the halfway point with ice, water and a hose to run through.  I don't think we would have made it without that moment of refreshment.  I had a water bottle, but I think the water was about 100 degrees, too. My refill of cold water didn't stay cold long.  I don't know about you, but it's hard to drink hot water.

The last mile felt like the last mile of a 20-miler.  I ended up walking the last few blocks because I was starting to feel dizzy, and I just don't think it's worth it to push yourself to pass out or throw up when you're just doing a 4 mile training run.

I enjoyed some free Gatorade and then headed home to wash off all of the sweat.  I was hungry, but my tummy was also a little unsettled so I opted for going to Whole Foods and grabbing a sandwich.  I got to catch up on the phone for a while with a dear friend in Canada, but then I realized I had a terrible headache and went to bed.

Was it worth it?  Well, I felt tough and hard core for doing it.  And I'm guilty of using the heat as an excuse to not run, so now I've proved to myself I can't really do that.

Nonetheless, I'm not going to say it was a great idea.  I guess this is just one of those weeks... running in crazy storms and crazy heat.  It'll be interesting to see how this weekend's 16-miler goes.

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