The Inferno

 

Are you having a super Sunday? I hope so! I am going to church and then a baby shower/lunch. Fun! We southerners revolve everything around food in case you haven’t noticed.

So, let me tell you a little bit about the inferno that was a part of my run yesterday….SO….I wanted to get up at 6 and be running our ten miles by 7 am. Well, SOMEBODY refused to get up until about 7:30…so we didn’t start running until about 8:45 at the beach. Oh….my…gosh. Our plan was to run in one direction two miles, then back to the car for fuel, then go the other way two and back, then back in the first direction one mile and then back to the car for a total of ten miles. Heh. We started….and were drenched by the second mile. not to mention there were NO CLOUDS and the sun was beating down. It was a pretty day though.

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We made it back to the car the first time, took a GU and drank some water, and then headed out again. We made it back the second time and I checked the weather on my phone…..94 degrees with a REAL FEEL OF 116!!!!!! Yes, you read that correctly!!! I couldn’t believe it. I mean, I knew it was really really hot, but WOW! Folks, I cannot even begin to describe how hot it was. My lungs felt good, my legs felt good, but I was just WILTING in the heat. It was a real mental battle from miles 5 on, but I won the battle!

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It was SO HARD to force myself back out for the final two miles. We were shuffling along, but we made it, and gatorade has never tasted so good! Luckily, right where we parked at the beach, I spotted a Snow ball stand! Of course, I got Wedding Cake.

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I at least now feel a little more confident about running a half marathon in 8 days after completing ten miles. HOPEFULLY it won’t be near this hot in Providence!

I also would like to note something about my “training” plan. I am totally aware that I am breaking the don’t raise your mileage by 10% rule, which I usually follow. BUT 1.) Having already run many long distance races, I knew what to expect/how to pace myself, and 2.) We took it REALLY slow, lots of walk breaks and water. The heat kind of forced us to take it slow which was good. Also, I have been doing a lot of stretching, foam rolling, and icing all week, and feel confident I knew when to stop/how much I could handle.

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Skirted up in sparkle hearts running skirt and Gold performance tank

By the way, in case you haven’t noticed, my hair is getting REALLY long. I am having to put an extra ponytail holder in about halfway down my ponytail to stop my hair from whipping me in the face when I run!

Rock N Roll Providence here I come!

QOTD: How do you beat the summer heat? 

Comments

  1. Yesterday I started my run at 5:30am and it was still a little dark out. But I finished my 15miles by 8am when we started to feel the heat!

  2. Wowee dang that’s hot! Way to make it through the run!! You’re going to do great in Providence! And you TOTALLY deserved that snow ball after your run!!! Looks yummy! :0)

  3. in South FL you don’t ‘beat’ the heat, you just tolerate it!
    Even getting out and running at 5 a.m. its still hot and humid here
    and love the skirt
    yummmm to the wedding cake snowball

  4. I have no idea how you did that run! Awesome job :) Bobby is never allowed to do that to you again, it’s so dangerous! And a snowball post run sounds amazing! At some race I did, they gave out Italian ice at the finish and it was the perfect treat.

  5. Holy cow! Excellent job with that run and sticking to it! If I were in your place I probably would’ve called it after 4 miles, find a shower to drench myself in, and make myself come back later to finish the rest. You certainly deserved that ice!

  6. Oh my word!! And I was complaining about doing 8 miles in 80 degrees. Yes, I am a weather wimp! :) I am so impressed, and so thankful I no longer live in hotter climates! :)

  7. The 10% rule is overrated… don’t sweat it!

    As for beating the heat… I just ignore it and get used to it. Not much else you can do, really. Not running is not an option in my book. I’ve become so much better this year at running through the heat, simply because I make myself do it every day. Sure I need to drink a lot more water when the heat index is 110 degrees, but it won’t stop me from running. Good job on not letting it stop you (also, good choice on the snow ball afterwards!)

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