I survived my run yesterday in this hot hotness-actually, it was not THAT bad. I was expecting it to be horrible but...with some smart planning and listening to my body it actually turned out to be a good run. I ran with a friend on the Eastern Trail, which is flat and partially shaded. We just kept the pace slow (avg pace for the 10+ miles was 10:13), kept very well hydrated and take walk breaks as needed. 10.2 miles baby...hot, humid and happy!!
The bugs were INSANE!! I mean really really bad -- I was loaded down in bug spray and they were still getting me. We had this halo of deer flies around our heads for the first 1.6 miles that we just could not shake. I use a non-DEET bug spray and apparently, what I am using is not quite strong enough to keep 'em at bay.
My *new hydration toy* was a HUGE success!! Love LOVE Love it...it was perfect for yesterday. Comfy, it holds lots of water and did I mention comfy?? I can't wait to share more about this with everyone!
I felt really amazing the last 5 miles of the run and I could have gone for several miles more. After a very awful week of running, I am very happy to have felt so good on the hottest day of the year.
I can say I never have experienced sweat like this on any other run in memory. I was soaked. Dripping. Drenched. And it was not like I got to run into the water after....My hat was dripping huge drops of water. My shorts looked like I had just gone swimming. The last 2 miles my shoes felt like I was running in puddles. I wear a wrist band under my Garmin and when I took my Garmin off to take the wrist band off, I was literally able to squeeze out a couple tablespoon of sweat! Then when we got back to the cars, I was able to do the very same thing with my socks. GROSS but it was pretty funny.
Really--never have been quite that sweaty!!
*note* No, it was not salty sweat. It was just wet sweat. I actually did not have the usual salty streaks on my shorts so that tells me my electrolytes were good too!
Today is supposed to be more of the same-very hot and very humid-and the weather advisory is in effect for today as well. I have a swim to bike on the schedule this morning and will be getting that done early.
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