Boy will I be glad when the Fall arrives. Of course here in the South, it doesn’t really start getting cool until the middle to end of October.
Yesterday was another hot day. Not too hot by the temperature, but over 105 with the heat index.
I got home from work, kissed my Lovely Wife, pet the dog, said hi to the kids and headed out for my run. I really just wanted to run with no intentions. I hoped to even make it up to 8 miles, but I decided to play it by ear. Several people have died in my area from the heat and I didn’t want to be numbered with them.
So I headed out. I tried to start slow, but ended up a bit faster than I planned. As the run when on, I actually felt pretty good. Even though it was hot, I didn’t stop at the top of hills or in the shade. I just kept running. In fact, without really trying, my pace was under 9:00 for several miles.
I guess 4 miles is where the heat really begins to affect me. I started to feel a little tired and my legs felt a bit weak. At 5 miles I was beginning to feel a little light headed. So, I thought it would be best just to head home and not take a chance with the heat. I ended up at 5.5 miles at just around a 9:00 pace for the whole run. Not bad.
After I got back, I sat outside with “The Dog” and threw a stick, but I couldn’t last more than about 10 minutes. I went back in and stood in the kitchen under the air vent and tried to cool off. By the time another 10 minutes had passed, the floor in the kitchen was soaked and so was I. It was like I had just gotten out of the pool. When I went up to take a shower, even my Lovely Wife said I was “wild eyed”. I guess running 5.5 miles in 105 heat will do that to you. 🙂
I’m not sure what I am doing today. The heat continues and I haven’t done my speed workout yet for this week. The storms on Tuesday really messed with my schedule. I’ll probably just try to get more miles in and take it easy preparing for my (hopefully) 18 mile run on Sunday.
Thank you for reading and have an awesome weekend!!!
Wishing you cooler temps for that 18-miler.
You and me both. 🙂
No way! Never run in anything close to that hot. Be safe.
Thanks! The problem is that I would only be able to run on the weekends if I didn’t run when I do. I am careful though. I drink a gallon of water during the day and pay really close attention to my body. Also that is heat index and not actual temperature. Anyway, thank you again for your concern!!!
I’m sorry, I mean to say “I’d never run in anything…”. Thanks for taking it in stride.
That’s what us runners do! 🙂
That weather is ridiculous. Please be careful.
Thank you. I will be careful. I was sad not to make my goal yesterday, but I’m glad I had the sense to stop!!! These aren’t good conditions, but at least I don’t have to deal with a cold winter. 🙂 Once again, thanks.
I’ve got 18 in the morning. And so not looking forward to it in this heat! Best of luck on Sunday! I feel your pain.
The earlier the better. Good luck to you too!!!
I can’t remember if I have ever mentioned this, but have you tried drinking coconut water after a run? I noticed a difference right away and especially with the heat it seems to hydrate me way faster than water. 🙂 Hoping cooler temps are on the way for you, anything is better than 100+! 🙂
I just saw coconut water today in a store. I have heard it is great for hydration. I should have picked some up!! The good news is that late next week the temps are to drop to the low 80s. Hopefully the humidity will also!!! 🙂
Oh yay, those are much better temps than the 100+’s! 🙂
I can’t wait. One good thing is the average temps in try winter are in the 40s – 50s. I’ll appreciate it more then. 🙂
Good for you! I wimp out in the highs we get in the Bay Area in the late summer – 80 degrees just about kills me!
Thanks!!! I know it is hard, no matter how hot it is. I appreciate it!