I opened the door and the wall of sticky heat permeated my soul.
LOL reads like a bad novel right?! I have probably read that line at one time or another in a cheesy romance novel.
However, run after run that has been the truth. The sticky muggy conditions here persist.
I had a break from the Hades like conditions for one run last week, and then Hell rolled back in full force. Thursday's weather was so bad I wanted to cry.
I made a vow I wouldn't whine about the heat this summer, and I have done really well....so far! I keep trying to adjust my attitude and my expectations each time I go out for a run, and really all I want to do is survive and not get sick.
I scanned my Garmin notes to see when I actually had my first happy run last year. I needed a realistic picture of how much longer I have to wait to feel some cooler air.
I remember feeling very worn down last year, and I am feeling that way for sure right now, but I will say, I am doing much better this year.
Last year the longest run I did all summer was 7 miles and I got very ill after one run in August. I was pushing the pace too much last year. The run I got sick on I did run a few 11 minute miles, but the average of the run was still 10:48. It was just too much in the heat. This year I am running 11:45's on a regular basis and feeling much better. Finding that second gear was a learning experience for me.
When did that first happy run happen?!
Well, September 2015 all my runs were titled Over The Heat . Hmmmm....LOL
My first happy run - October 3rd!
Flipping through last year notes scared me though, the heat returned mid-November and hung around for all of December.
I want my winter this year, I earned it! I hope I don't have to wait until January to feel it.
I am trying to psych myself up to hold on and keep going, but it is not easy! I need to get my long run back up to 12 miles before this month ends. Facing 6 or 8 miles is one thing, but when I think about 12 I get nervous.
This morning (Saturday) on my run, my feet started pinging and burning about mile 6. I ran two days in a row, it was very hot in the 80 degree range, the sun was full force and the last mile of our route had a big hill. My Garmin beeped as I started mile 7. I got to the hill and told run buddy I was walking up, loop back and meet me at the top. I walked, my feet were throbbing, a few cars irritated me, I felt done, so I stopped my watch. I didn't really care for a few minutes if I hit my 8 mile goal, but after I walked a minute, the feet calmed down and I thought I can do this...so when run buddy looped back, I started running again and ran it out till we hit 8.
I feel good I was able to recover, and that my feet calmed down so quick, but the struggle was real.
The blazing sun, the muggy hot conditions, the physical symptoms, the hill, and than a driver/car that wants to buzz to close to me, put me in overload for a few minutes.
I am so much more irritable in summer conditions.
That last 3/4 of a mile I was getting cold chills even though I was very hot. It is a strange sensation...I knew I was right on the edge. I was relieved when we got to 8 and I could walk. Walking brought immediate relief...
I am trying to stay positive and psych myself up and face the next seven weeks or so.
Mind over matter right.
The truth is though, some of it is physical, and I do think when conditions are this tough you have to listen to your body and sometimes that will mean, stop running. If I was having chills and had to face 3 or 4 more miles, I wouldn't have done it. That could have been detrimental to my health, and of course I don't want to give up, but sometimes you just have to be smart and tell your runner brain - no.
I am trying to gear up for this final stretch of summer. I am feeling a bit worn down, but I am trying to start each run with a smile, no matter what.
I've made this far into summer, doing longer runs in the heat than I ever thought I was capable of, and I want to finish strong because that is what we do right!
Tell me how you dealt with the heat this summer. If you have been trying to not "whine" or discuss the heat in your blog feel free to unload in the comments. Get it off your chest!
I will gladly lend you my ear.
I am ginger that freckles and burns so easily
I've had lots of basal cell carcinoma removed
I had some serious bouts with heat sickness and heat stroke like symptoms over the years
I promise I will empathize and not judge...
Summer is tough for me, but I do want to finish strong.
If you have any remedies please share!
So fire away :) and keep blazing on.