I'm happy to say that my half-marathon training is currently in full swing. And, I've pumped up my schedule this year with more interval workouts, since I've added the pressure of a time goal. But, today's post isn't going to be about my last interval run, it's about my last long run yesterday (7.5 miles). Why? Well, because it was so bad that I felt compelled to blog about it. I began the day with the proper nutrition and hydration for a long run, but other circumstances hindered me from hitting the trail until high noon. I can't stress enough how much that's a BAD IDEA!
Unfortunately, yesterday's high temperature was in the 90's, and I could literally see the waves of heat curling up from the trail. Well, it was either that or I was starting to get blurry-eyed, which was also highly probable. So, yesterday's running goal swiftly turned from finishing in a respectable time to simply finishing (ie...a run/walk). I'm happy to say that I did manage to run/walk the full distance, but not without arriving at my car utterly drained, out of breath, and dizzy. Next time, I'll try to bring a small bottle of water. Since, I usually don't drink during a run, but in that heat you have to. I think that would've made a world of difference.
Also, Here is the one highlight of my run. I recently introduced a new song into my running rotation: "I Believe" by Yolanda Adams, from the Honey Soundtrack. Thanks to Mayumi, queen of dance movies, I watched the Honey movie, starring Jessica Alba, and loved the soundtrack. You never realize how much one song can affect you until you're running with it. Check out the lyrics:
- If there is extreme heat in your area, try to run in the mornings or the evenings.
- If you have to run when it's really hot, try wrapping a light towel soaked in ice cold water around your neck.
- Wear light-colored clothing, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen (protect your skin).
- If the heat is so bad that it's making your limbs feel heavy, try a run/walk. Jog at a comfortable pace through the shaded areas and walk through the uncovered sections to recover. If there are no shaded regions, jog for 10 minutes and walk for 4 minutes. Repeat.
- Hydrate an hour before the run and take water with you on the run.