Long, Hot Run

I wanted to run 13 miles today (Or even 13.1 just for fun!), but it was too hot. I took some planned and unplanned breaks, but it's hard to run in 80-99 degrees.

The first 8 miles were fine, but I had to stop at 12.15 miles. Sick to my stomach and feeling faint, I felt better after sitting in some shade and fine once I made it home, but this was one of my hardest runs ever. 10:36 ave. pace today.

I tried to run in the shade more today - running up and down a 1/2 mile long shady street. I thought that would help, but it just wasn't enough. I weighed myself when I woke up and after the run. I lost 4 pounds - not good. Fortunately, I took twice as much water as I usually drink for the last three miles, but I was out of water when I came to a stop - not good.

So, my run was a little tough, but I hope your weekend runs and races are good ones. I look forward to reading about them! Oh, if anyone has any suggestions, feel free to share. I'm listening!

Pre-run: 1/2 PB & J sandwich & 1/2 banana an hour before run and Gu gel 15 min. before run
During run: Gu gels at 4.5 & 9 mi. and water
Post-run: Blueberry Smoothie and ice bath


  1. Just got on to do my SAD report for my 20 miler and I stopped by your blog first. I do not have any advice, but I can say, you are not alone. I had the absolute worst run of the summer (I hope). You can read my blog later today. I'm almost done pouting and then I will put this one behind me.

    I did go on Twitter and this was the first things I read.

    Everything in life happens for a reason. It's all part of our journey of evolving into our highest self.

    Hopefully this was an evolving day for both of us. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger, right?

  2. I'm trying to do that pigeon stretch you posted about right now! Ugh, I really need to work on flexibility!

    I'm sorry you had a bad one, too. Our next long run will be better - gotta be! : )

  3. You run a 1/2 marathon just for fun?! Holy smokes woman, you're a stud! Scary when you start feeling sick and faint though. Glad you made it home safe. That blueberry smoothie looks yummy.

    I'm gonna head on over to Happy Feet... curious about that pigeon stretch. I need to work on flexibility also.

  4. Ha! Ha!

    For the first 8 miles, I really thought the run was going well. Then I started getting slower and slower. And when I hit the 12 mile mark, I took off fast (in the 10:00's)... for .15 miles. And that was the end!

  5. I don't know how you girls do what you do in that heat/humidity! I would melt after 2 miles - you made it strong for 8 and finished 12! If I had to deal with the kind of heat you and Ginny deal with, every run would be horrible so I wouldn't feel too bad that you had one off day. Keep your chin up!
    K :-)

  6. Thanks, K! I will!

    I'm already thinking about changes I'll make next time. : )

    1.Drink Gatorade (sodium).
    2.When I see my pace slow waaayyyy down, it's time to call it a day.

  7. You can always do a run-walk-run also. In other words, for a run of say 10 miles or longer, run for 5 minutes, walk for a minute, and repeat. Overall for a long run, especially a HOT long run, your time will be about the same, and you'll get a break every 5 minutes. It's a win-win situation! Make sure you're drinking enough fluids also.

  8. And I might have even made it home sooner if I'd taken more walk breaks. Thanks, Marathonman!

  9. Sorry your run didn't go how you had planned. I still think you did amazing though! I think my bad runs last week were because of the heat and humidity. It is just so different running when it's hot! I hope your next run is all you hope for :)

  10. that's some serious heat! we got lucky with a break this weekend - it was 71* when i went running in the middle of the afternoon! running in the heat is tough and it's a good thing you didn't push it too hard and potentially throw your body 'off' - heat exhaustion and all.

    glad you commented today! added you to my google reader :)

  11. That heat nearly did me in! I'll be more careful on the next hot runs.

    Lindsay, thanks for having a great Gu give-away!

  12. That blueberry smoothie looks incredible---nice way to cool off after a hot run.

    You definitely had symptoms of heat illness. When does it start to cool off in Houston? We had nice weather in TN today, but late September/early October is when we can count on it being better running weather for good.

  13. So glad you had nice weather on race day! : ) We'll have to wait until about October, I think.


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