Remember how my first 14-mile long run was on my training schedule for yesterday?
And how an average of 17 people told Rob and me we were crazy for attempting to do this on the hottest day of the year?
We figured we’d be fine since we weren’t heading out to run until 7 p.m.
After arriving home from work and playing with Chloe for a bit, I prepped for a hot one.
(I’ve decided my absolute favorite flavors are Mint Chocolate and Apple Pie, btw. Just in case anyone felt like sending a care package for the runner-in-the-heat.)
After checking the weather, I was starting to feel a little anxious.
I pulled up next to Robby at the park, and we were off.
At mile 3, it got rough.
At mile 6, we were hating our lives.
This is where I got a little emotional. I was so frustrated with myself. I had been so geared up to run “THE FARTHEST I HAVE EVER RUN AT ONE TIME. IN MY WHOLE LIFE! ,” but it was very clear that wasn’t going to be possible in the obnoxious heat.
Interesting that just a few days ago, I just did a post about running in the heat. I found myself mentally going through the side effects of heat syncope: I was dizzy, I was getting some tunnel vision, and I was feeling weak. Awesome.
I was feeling like such a letdown. A letdown to myself, a letdown to all you guys, and a letdown to my marathon training.
It did make me feel a little better that my rockstar running buddy was also feeling pretty craptastic. We almost ended up giving in completely after 6 miles, but resolved to switching to a walk.
After about a mile of walking and lots of Powerade Zero chugging, we felt okay enough to jog.
And even though we didn’t exactly feel like rockstars, we did end up covering a little over 13 miles.
It wasn’t 14. But in that heat, I’ll take it.
And what did we learn through all of this?
- Plan ahead. Bring lots and lots of electrolytes.
- If the weather is calling for fire-breathing dragons, don’t run outside.
- Listen to your body. Don’t push it.
And then go stuff your face with chocolate milk and pasta with pink sauce, spinach, sauteed mushrooms, and squash.
Oh. one more lesson learned: don’t leave your iTouch on your back bumper after running in deliriating (yeah, I just made that word up) temperatures.
You may get lucky and have no one steal it at the park. You may get really lucky and not have it fall off on your drive home. You may get even luckier when no one steals it off your car in your neighborhood. And you may even drive slow enough to work that it stays on your bumper the entire way.
And then, you may be lucky enough to receive a call at work that someone spotted it on your car and brought it into the main office.
Thank you, kind soul. I would have missed that iTouch.
P.S. It’s A-L-Y-S-S-A. Go Phillies!