A Humbling Run

My long run this weekend was a truly humbling experience. I had 13 miles with a fast finish on the schedule, which in my mind wasn’t something to be nervous about. My last few long runs have been so good … but this one was not. I called it a day at only 10 miles in.

Saturday morning I got up at 6:30am to get ready to head down to Dolphins training camp. Adam and I had a blast as usual, but man was the sun blasting down. I don’t know how the players can stand to practice in helmets!


By the time we got home it was raining out pretty good.

I checked the weather forecast and it said it would be cloudy/rainy all afternoon, so I decided to head down to the beach for my long run even though it was midday.

At first the weather was great. It was mid-80s but cloudy with a light drizzle and I was feeling good about life.

Around mile 5 the sun popped out FULL FORCE and I knew I was in for a bad time.

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I didn’t have sunglasses with me and it was so bright that I was squinting. My skin was absolutely baking! I had my Camelbak with me and I was drinking a lot.

My pack holds 70oz and I drank every last drop by the time I got home!!!!

I wanted nothing more than to just quit every 5 minutes, but there is no shade on my route and I knew running home was the fastest way to get there. That’s the only thing that kept me moving forward!

When I dragged myself through the front door Adam’s first response was, “wow you got a serious tan on that run!”

The sun can really zap you of your energy so FAST! It’s actually incredible how fast it can do it.

Thanks for nothing, weather.com! Ugh!

I thought about finishing up the last three miles on the treadmill at my gym. I even went down to the gym to do it …. but the air conditioner was (still) broken so it was about a million and one degrees in there! Saturday was just not my day for running.

Sunday I stuck it out at the gym, even with the broken a/c, because I wanted to try the bike workout my coach blogged about last week.

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After an hour of ^ that in a non-air conditioned gym I was sweating like … whatever animal sweats the most!

Adam did some hardcore squats in that overheated gym. I bet we smelled really good when we left! : )

Generally speaking last week wasn’t my greatest training week. I am happy to put it behind me and start fresh this week! I hope you’ve got a great week in store for you too!

How did your run go this weekend? 

Ever get caught in the midday sun by accident? Or do you ever run midday on purpose?! 



  1. July 28, 2014 / 7:50 am

    I felt hot just reading about your run. Sun is no joke. That stinks about the a/c still being broke! Otherwise I know you would have finished it! Next time send Adam down there with a palm leave to fan you as you run on the treadmill. 😉

    • July 28, 2014 / 10:10 pm

      Haha he kindly fanned me with the training camp guide while we were at the football field, so he had already done his duty for the day 🙂 But, hallelujah the gym a/c is back to working as of today!

  2. July 28, 2014 / 9:32 am

    Hey I don’t care who you are, those are great work outs. Running in direct sun and in that sauna of a gym is more of a work out than those three extra miles. Out here in AZ I know full well how the sun and humidity can absolutely drain you. Btw I was dying laughing about “I bet we smelled really good when we left”…who says that lol

    • July 28, 2014 / 10:11 pm

      Yes! You are so smart to always go in the early morning. I had an inkling that it could be a bad idea to go in the middle of the afternoon since weather forecasts seem to be wrong more often than they are right… I should have trusted my instinct and stayed home until the evening!

  3. July 28, 2014 / 9:48 am

    Bummer that your long run didn’t go so well. The sun is merciless. This is why I’ve gotten into the habit of doing my long runs super early in the AM. It sucks getting up so early on a Saturday, but I sure was happy I did it when I was done by 9:15!

    Try to remember that bad runs and bad weeks are part of training. They don’t exactly write that into the schedule, but it’s a part of the experience just like rest days and good days and everything else. When I did my first 14-miler it was awful, and I remember one of my experienced runner friends saying to me, “Remember, sometimes long runs are just something to check off the list.” It’s wonderful when long runs can go well, but inevitably sometimes all you can muster up is getting through them just to get them OVER with.

    • July 28, 2014 / 10:13 pm

      You are so right. It felt like a disaster of a run, but it was probably good mental training. Instead of calling Adam to come pick me up in the car with the a/c blasting, I stuck it out and ran home.

      I am happy to check that damn run off the list, and I have definitely learned from the experience… never trust the weather forecast … never go running at 1pm!

  4. July 28, 2014 / 10:19 am

    my run this weekend sucked! it was cold and icy windy out so i hit up my gym and ran on the track and treadmill for 10km. I honestly hated the last 3km. I just wanted to cave in and go home. But i stuck it through. i think i just prefer to run on the open road. the weather was not my friend tho.

    • July 28, 2014 / 10:16 pm

      Cold and icy! I can’t even imagine that kind of weather right now (or ever since I live in an area where 70 degrees is considered pretty cold).

      Great job sticking through the run and knocking out the last 3K! Do you watch TV when you run on the treadmill? I have found that watching the Food Network can really help me get through a long run 🙂

  5. July 28, 2014 / 11:00 am

    Oh, that is too bad about your run, but 10 miles is great! I am sure you won’t miss those last 3 miles in October. And believe me, I am impressed that you can run at all in Florida outside. Heat kills me slowly, so I am sure you will be in for a great surprise in Portland when it feels much easier to run!

    • July 28, 2014 / 10:18 pm

      I really hope so! I keep reminding myself daily that race day weather should be in or around the 60s which sounds SO nice!! Although i might have to wear gloves … and a hat…. and a scarf 🙂

  6. July 28, 2014 / 11:01 am

    I would have called it a day it that heat too. I have been stuck out when conditions change–ugh. I like what Hanna commented about, sometimes it’s just about getting it done, and it isn’t pretty, it’s just another step in the journey.
    I got caught in a downpour this am–but it was blissful–70* and raining, a great way to mix it up!

    • July 28, 2014 / 10:19 pm

      I half expected to get caught in a downpour on Saturday and just the opposite happened! I haven’t run in the rain in forever and was kind of looking forward to it. I’m glad you got in a blissful run!!!

  7. July 28, 2014 / 11:19 am

    I didn’t run this weekend since we were in Inverness, I tried to make it up this morning but I had quite the humbling run too. Taking time off was NOT a good idea for me, boo!

    Your pictures always make me so jealous, I wish we were closer to the beach so I could run there! It looks so soothing!

    • July 28, 2014 / 10:21 pm

      You are welcome to come visit me : ) We can go running along the beach and talk about how backwards citrus county can be sometimes! haha

      Have you ever run on the withlacoochee trail in Inverness? That my go-to running spot when I’m in town. It’s a nice shaded trail!

  8. July 28, 2014 / 12:04 pm

    This is why I run before sunrise in the summer. The sun is my worst enemy; even walking in the sun makes me feel exhausted and lethargic.

    I’m glad you played it safe and cut the run short…if you had done those last three miles, you may have really dehydrated yourself! We all have down weeks – they make the good training weeks feel amazing!

    • July 28, 2014 / 10:22 pm

      It’s so true! After a terrible run on Saturday I had an amazing run today! Running always balances out 🙂

  9. July 28, 2014 / 1:51 pm

    I bet it’s not only the sun, but the humidity that will get you (especially after it had just rained). I sometimes will run during the hottest part of the day for training purposes and because that is when I can fit it into my schedule. I had my best run ever this past weekend and broke my 10K record. I still don’t know how I ran that fast but it was sure a confidence booster. Every run is definitely a learning experience and something to be proud of.

    • July 28, 2014 / 10:24 pm

      Congrats on breaking your 10K PR, Kirsten!! That’s so great! I can’t wait to read all about it 🙂

      Yes, the humidity can be a total killer – the combination of the heat and humidity just bogged me down. I did notice after plugging in my Garmin that my splits somehow remained pretty steady so that’s something to feel good about!

  10. July 28, 2014 / 2:53 pm

    My running has sucked this weekend because of heat. I am so ready for for it to start cooling down.

    • July 28, 2014 / 10:25 pm

      Me too, but we still have a long way to go! I’ve been really trying to embrace the heat this summer, but now that we’re a couple months in I am so over it!

  11. July 28, 2014 / 3:33 pm

    Sun is tough stuff – you need a visor to protect your pretty skin 🙂 It’s nice to, it catches some of the sweat from rolling in your eyes. I always run with one outside just to protect my nose and eyes since I’ve had the Basil Cells removed from that area. Great job getting 10 miles done! I always smell beast like at the gym even if the a/c is working lol

    • July 28, 2014 / 10:26 pm

      I have an awesome visor that I’ve worn for daytime running before, but when I headed out on Sat. it was drizzling and overcast. The forecast did say it was supposed to rain all afternoon… UGH. The lies! 🙂

  12. July 28, 2014 / 6:27 pm

    Oh – I’m glad you were smart and quit early!! Being out of water in that kind of heat could have been bad!!!
    My oldest son runs around 2:00 pm every day – sort of drives me crazy because it is so hot but I remember doing the same thing when I was young – I just make sure he drinks plenty of water before and after!

    • July 28, 2014 / 10:28 pm

      I was totally thinking of you during my last mile and how you used to choose to run midday! I think your son must have inherited some crazy genes from you, haha! You guys are so hardcore!

  13. July 28, 2014 / 6:52 pm

    I had a great run on Saturday but I’ve had several poopy runs because of the heat so I totally get how you feel 🙁 You finished though and it’s freaking awesome you went the next day to workout at a swampy gym. I would’ve wimped out for sure.

    • July 28, 2014 / 10:29 pm

      It just wasn’t my day … but I am so glad that you had an awesome run to lead into the birthday party! What a great day!!

  14. July 28, 2014 / 10:00 pm

    Girl I feel your pain. My 10 miler on Sunday was so hard, I wanted to just sit there and cry. I haven’t bought a running pack yet – I fell in love with one that costs $160… way out of my price range at the moment after getting new shoes – I was trying to converse water and the ONE fountain in the loop was broken ): but way to stick to it girl! all this work will pay off!

    • July 28, 2014 / 10:32 pm

      Holy cow, $160!!!! That’s so much!

      That is so awful that the water fountain was broken 🙁 Speaking of water fountains, I really wish they would shoot the water up farther from the mouth piece. The other day I stopped at one mid-run and was really grossed out by how close I had to get my mouth to the fountain part – yuck!