No, I didn’t go pool running this morning but it certainly felt like it. I woke up at 8:15am and knew today was going to be a scorcher so I hopped out of bed and headed down to the track. I drank half of my Atkins Shake before leaving. I don’t know what the temperature was when I headed out this morning. My guess would be high 80s. (A few hours later, it’s now 94 degrees.)
I tried to use my new water belt but once I put water in the two bottles, I realized my make-shift belt wasn’t going to work. 🙁 The water bottles were just too heavy and jumped around too much. Bummer! I took my hand-held water bottle to the track instead.
As you can see, there is no shade on the track. I quickly ran out of water. As I ran the track, I contemplated whether or not I should run back to the house and get more water and a GU, and then return to the track. But in my heart I knew once I was home, I wouldn’t go back out.
Around Mile 3, I started to walk a little bit. I alternated running/walking/jogging/running. It was just too damn hot! I saw a groundskeeper working on the track and I asked him if there was a water fountain that worked. He said it was next to the baseball diamond. OASIS! Water!! I ran over to the fountain, filled my bottle, drank a bunch and then sprayed it on my face. I felt much better. I ended up refilling the water bottle a few times.
It was nice and cool in the shade. I sat down on the hill under a tree and let my heart stop racing. Last weekend I had completed 7 miles in 1:18. I was just barely passed mile 4 in almost that same time. I was feeling overheated and decided that I would just call it a day.
I think I ran once more (maybe twice more) around the track and ran back to the house. I was a little disappointed that I was “giving up” on my run but I knew getting heat stroke wouldn’t accomplish anything either. Check out my post of Running in the Heat. I still can’t believe at 9am it was almost 90 degrees today! Damn!
I stepped into the house and wave of cool air hit me. THANK GOD FOR CENTRAL AIR-CONDITIONING!!! I stretched a lot. Foam Roller. I’ve never been so sweaty in my life!
Next week is going to be another heat wave in Portland. Next week is also my last week of running before Hood to Coast. I plan on NOT running the 4 days before Hood to Coast in order to taper off. I just hope I can find a way to work in training runs when it’s not 90 degrees…..perhaps I will be relegated to the gym treadmill next week.
Calories Burned: 891!
Distance: 4.2 miles
QUESTION: How do you run in the summer time? Do you modify your workouts? Stay indoors?