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Running Journal 5/23/2010 (5.35 sweaty miles)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Today's stats:

P Cloudy 77 degrees wind S 10 MPH
68% humidity
71 degrees dewpoint

Time 1:05:12 (2/1 intervals)
12:11 av pace
4.9 av MPH
508 cals burned
152 av bpm HR
164 max bpm HR

1) 11:43 (150 bpm)
2) 12:01 (143 bpm)
3) 12:01 (152 bpm)
4) 12:12 (158 bpm)
5) 12:49 (155 bpm)
6) 12:33 (160 bpm) 0.35 miles

There is just one way to sum up this run...humid. I went through my water so fast I stopped by the house to refill. I also changed my Gymboss from 3/1 to 2/1 and that helped quite a bit. I was just so hot even though it wasn't that hot. As you can see with my splits, I slowed down without even thinking about it. I headed out the door at about 8am and it was already getting yucky. Humidity can just suck the life out of a person.

Although it was hot and miserable this kind of run will teach me and my body how to acclimate and adapt to running in this kind of atmosphere. I look at each one of these runs as very valuble indeed and will strengthen me even more.

I am contemplating running four times this week and making them shorter runs each since it is going to continue to stay warm and humid. How in heaven's name do you run an LSD in this kind of weather? That is something that I have not done yet.

My half marathon training starts in a few weeks and will be with The Summit which is part of a hospital in Geneseo, IL. They will have track work during the week and LSD on Sundays. I am really looking forward to doing this. The group will comprise of two running coaches and PT's. They will analyze our running form, teach injury prevention, teach the fine art of fueling and all sorts of great things. I cannot wait.

Until the next soggy sweaty run...


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    Sam and I ran 11 miles at 8:30 Sunday morning (23rd). It... sucked. (That's the best word I can come up with!!) I don't know what the actual temp or humidity was, but it was horrible. Sweating profusely, buckets more like; in mile 3. We backed down to 1:1 intervals. In the last couple of miles, I thought my friend was getting heatstroke, so we walked a LOT. We were even in shade most of the time! Gotta love Iowa weather.
    3976 days ago
  • TIGGER622
    girl! way to suck up the heat!!! I know last summer I had to run with a wet wash cloth and keep "wiping down" seemed to help me cool off and then whenever I would get to a water fountain I would re-wet with cooler water! I am gonna have to pull that off here too if this stick-ness keeps up! Great run!
    3978 days ago
    I ran at 5 am this morning and it was still so humid!! I have a 22 miler Sat. I better get out early!
    3978 days ago
    The humidity sounds dreadful. You did quite well to keep going under those conditions. You don't have to be crazy to be a runner, but it sure helps.

    Good Luck with your training.

    3978 days ago
    Oh boy, welcome to summertime running!! Last year was brutal for me - I'd be drenched and wouldn't want to take a shower b/c I was already turning into a prune!! Becki's absolutely right - the best way to do LSD in the summer is to just get out the door really, really early. If you're doing the long runs on weekends, just remember you can always take a nap later. :)

    Good luck!!!
    3978 days ago
    I ran in Florida this weekend, and while I don't have my stats, or the specific weather stats, I was really hot and humid, so I ended up doing 5 minute run, 1 min walk. I too ran out of water, and ended up stopping at the store to buy more!!!

    But, you are right, this is a part of training!
    3978 days ago
    Sounds like a great training program you will be starting! Exciting!!

    LSD runs in the summer... all I can say, my friend, is get out there early! Most of the long runs I have done in the summer have been before sunrise. It's time to start that again, I guess.
    3978 days ago
    That sounds excellent about the training program. You can do it.
    3978 days ago
    I considered doing some run/walk on my long today, so I wasn't surprised to see you cut your intervals down. I was thinking about walking a minute after each mile split, but wasn't having trouble controlling my HR except on the hills. I considered walking up a couple of those, too. Too stubborn to actually do it, but maybe when it's 90 and 90% humidity...
    3978 days ago
    Great job running in the heat and humidity! You are so right -- your body can only get used to this weather if you actually experience it, and soon it will get easier. Last summer, I remember getting up super early so I could start my long runs before it got HOT but it was always humid that early in the morning. LSD runs are possible -- you'll just have to run easy, hydrate AND fuel well, and just keep running! :)

    Oh, and that training program sounds great!
    3979 days ago
    Your progress sounds great! I ran an 8k this morning. Running is hard work, but worth it!
    3979 days ago
  • GTRGRL97
    emoticon Enjoy all the runs and the training! It's hot and humid here, too. You can do, and enjoy it too!!! emoticon

    Blessings! Katie emoticon
    3979 days ago
    emoticon once again our stats look similar. I went an hour earlier than you and I'm thankful since it warmed up here as well. I'm trying to figure how I'm going to manage my runs all summer with the heat & humidity. On to the next run emoticon
    3979 days ago
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