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.
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.
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?!