Saturday, April 9, 2011

Laid Back Saturday After Tough Run

Heat, Humidity, Wind = Tough Run 
Trees, trees, everywhere trees and no shade. That's how my run felt today. It was already right at 80 when I set out for my run at 10:20 and the humidity was the smack you in the face kind. I had planned on doing 9.5-10 miles today.

I started by going over the Big Dam Bridge so that on my return trip I could stop at my car and refill my water bottle. I figured this would be somewhere between 3.5-4.5 miles depending on how far I ran on the other side of the river trails. Almost from the beginning my heart rate was high. I didn't feel like I was going that fast (lots of wind resistance too) so I assume it was the heat more than speed. And I couldn't seem to find any shade at all. What good are all those trees when they don't provide shade??


My stop at the car did help me sort of regroup. I poured some water on me to cool off as well then set off on my way. I never felt bad mentally, it was just that I was incredibly hot, too hot. I actually allowed myself the luxury of walking twice just to cool down and bring my heart rate back down. I pretty much never walk during my runs, but I had to today.

I normally take my gel at about 50-55 minutes in. So that's when I refueled and suddenly felt much better. So as the heat increases, I'm going to have to take in those electrolytes earlier in the run. In the end, I did a total of 8 miles (8.02 to be exact LOL). It was definitely one of the harder, more challenging runs I've done in a while.

Jason was planning on biking with a friend, but had to take the dogs to the vet first. Maddie is our infection dog. I swear she always seems to have one type or another. Anyway, he didn't get going on his bike ride until pretty late. When he got back in he kept saying how hot and windy it was. Well duh, did you not hear me when I said it??? LOL

Laid Back
So nothing happened as planned today is the moral of this blog tale. We were supposed to go to Home Depot to get the stuff for the garden. We were also supposed to take the maniacs over to our friends' house to play with their dog. I didn't even do a stitch of laundry (but did dust downstairs at least). I did, however, sit outside and paint my nails. That counts towards productivity right?

Actually, what's most important is that it was a good day. We ended up having dinner with a friend and enjoyed just chit chatting and being laid back.