- 7.1 miles outside – hot, humid, and windy
It’s amazing how much the heat and humidity affect my running. I had 8 miles on my training plan for today, but I knew there was no way that was happening, so I ran 7 miles and will run 8 next week instead.
Last week, I ran 7 miles on the treadmill and was perfectly fine. On Sunday, I ran 5 miles outside in cooler/drizzling weather and was fine. Today with the heat, humidity, and wind, it was like I had never run a day in my life.
This was the hardest run that I have ever had. I knew as soon as I started running that the heat and humidity were going to be killer.
I brought my hand-held water bottle and honey stinger chews (and my Garmin and iPod).
Of course, I ended up picking a trail with absolutely no shade. The only relief I got from the sun was the 15 seconds it took me to run through the creepy under the road tunnel. I really wanted to run back and forth in the tunnel for the whole 7 miles.
Creepy tunnel picture from last week:
I ate my chews at 3.5 miles and had to stop and walk for awhile because I was so hot. I finished all the water in my bottle by mile 4. At mile 5, I came across a water fountain and made the mistake of drinking large amounts of water.
I knew when I was drinking it that it was a bad idea, but I was so darn thirsty. Needless to say, I got a cramp, and had to walk/run the rest of the way. The heat really got to me and it was a terrible run (with lots of walking).
I knew it would be hot out so I tried to plan accordingly. I wore my Zensah calf sleeves and a lightweight mesh Under Armour shirt.
I put on sunscreen and lip balm with SPF.
I am really like this new Neutrogena clear face sunscreen. I have sensitive skin, so it’s great. I also am in love with the EOS lip balms.
It looks like an egg:
I just bought the lemon flavor, and I love it because it smells good and has SPF 15.
I also had to show you guys the new Vaseline moisturizer that Danny got me for my birthday. It’s a spray lotion. I was fascinated with it when I saw it in a magazine.
I use it after I run and shower because the aloe is great for skin that’s been in the sun a little too long.
It’s runs like the one today that really make me question my ability to be able to run a 15k and half marathon. But these kind of runs are also great learning experiences. From now on, I will try to wake up early when it’s cooler outside to run and I will work on hydrating a bit better.
I should have been happy that I finished 7 miles, but it was such a hard and long run that I just felt disappointed. But I won’t let that get me down! A new day, a new run!
My legs hurt a lot afterwards, so after I took a shower, I put on my Aspaeris compression shorts and my Pro Compression socks.
In happy news, I got my new Under Armour tank top from my dad and stepmom in the mail today!
It fits perfect and I love it!
I always get a little worried about ordering clothes online because I always need to try things on before I buy them because a lot of stuff doesn’t fit me right, but this shirt fits me perfect!
Today was a good mail day because I also got the Keurig Vue cups that I ordered.
Can’t wait to try them out!
Have a great afternoon!
- Do you ever have “bad” running days? Any advice?
- Do you order clothes online? Or do you need to try them on first?
- What was the last fun thing that you got in the mail?
- Favorite coffee?