Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hot Run

This summer, the heat has really been a factor in training.  

Thanks to record temps across the west and midwest, where I do the majority of my overnights, running outside has been, interesting, to say the least.  I've done some morning runs as early as 4 am to beat the heat, and even those have been hot at times!  Furthermore, I've learned a few things about my body and how it responds to uber hot temperatures.

I run very hot.  In other words, I heat up quick and I sweat a lot.  I remember when I was younger playing hockey I was a sweaty hockey player, which is kind of ironic when you're playing in a 10 degree ice arena (or -20, if it was a high school home game!).  I also have learned something about taking in fluids.  It's best to take in a ton of fluid the day BEFORE I do a long run, so I don't  get that sloshy feeling in my stomach.

Today, I went for a 7.5 mile run in Wichita.  It was 97 degrees.  About two weeks ago, I did this same run at a 9:52 per mile.  But I did it at 7:15 in the morning, when it was 65 degrees, so we're looking at a 32 degree difference.  Very significant.  I forced myself to dial it back, because I knew I had a long way to go.  I also cherished every ounce of shade on the run and every breeze that kicked up.  I carried my fuel belt with water and flat Pepsi.  Although both got warm, they were very refreshing and kept me going.  

I'd say around 4 miles in, after I made the turnaround point, my body decided it had enough.  I kind of felt like a horse who fell apart at the 3/4 pole and needed a whip to get moving.  I've noticed on hot runs, this happens.  My body breaks down very quickly.  The important thing is to keep moving, even if I walk.  I think about the Ironman that I want to attempt in 2013, and I know as a weaker runner, that if I stop, I probably will stop for good that day.  So it's a lesson in determination and drive.

Running hot definitely wears me out, but there's a bit of pride in it.  While other athletes are sitting inside taking the day off, or are on the treadmill, I'm out there putting in the miles I need to succeed. :-)

1 comment:

  1. Nice Brandon!

    I run all year round. Being in one place, Florida, for most of it, I think I just adapt as the temperature changes. If given a choice, I try not to run at the hottest time of day now, but there were times when I did.