It was a much better run yesterday and I never had the moment of, “I can’t go on”. It felt so good to me and was the first time in weeks (other than my trail run last week with @BigBigGeek) I had such a great run. What made the difference? I think it was several factors; some changes I made and some circumstances.
1) The weather – It was about 5 to 10 degrees cooler when I ran, but still humid and felt hot to me. Though going from mid 90s to mid 80s must have made a difference.
2) My virtual coach – I have written before that I use iSmoothRun as my running app. It really is a great app and I have stopped looking further for anything else. One feature is that a pace can be set for each mile (I chose 9:30 since that is the average pace I have been keeping in the heat) and the app will tell you during that mile if you need to speed up, slow down or run steady. I tend to start slow to warm up and then go too fast if I feel good and then I have nothing left after 3 miles in the heat. This app kept me in the 9:30 – 9:15 range, so I never went too fast. I think it really helped!
3) My cool hat – No not cool as in looks, though it isn’t bad looking, but cool as in temperature. It is made by Columbia and really works. As I got into my run and started sweating I felt much cooler. I then felt my hat and it felt like someone poured cool water over it. It is supposed to lower the heat by 5 degrees. I’ll take that! I think it made a huge difference. TJ is getting me the shirt for Fathers Day – I can’t wait to try it!
4) Eat half a Pemmican energy bar. This bar doesn’t taste good, but does seem to keep the energy going without peaking like gels do.
I am just an awesome runner Not there yet, but I am trying. 🙂
So all in all it was a really good run. I kept waiting for that “feeling” of not being able to go on, but it never came. It was such a relief.
This morning it is cool and 75 degrees outside so I need to hit the road.
Thanks for reading.