Wow… I’ve had some warm runs over the past week! Whew…
Last Sunday was hard, I already wrote about that. I ran Tuesday and Wednesday in the evening, around 7:00 PM. It was 107 and 104 each of those evenings. But at least the sun was lower in the sky.
On Thursday I had plans for dinner with a friend, so I ran at 4:30 PM. As I was working it got cloudy around 3 PM. I have one of those crazy weather things in my office with a sensor in the backyard and it dropped to around 95 degrees as the clouds moved in, so I thought I’d be okay. Naturally, the clouds rolled right out and the temps rocketed back up to 105 by the time I headed out for my run.
Last summer I ran early in the morning on weekdays, at about 4:30 AM. I would just get up, throw on some running clothes and head out. But lately I seem to have some terrible stomach cramps if I just get up and run without putting something in my belly first. I have to be working by 7:00 AM, so I don’t have a ton of wiggle room in the mornings. So in an effort to avoid the stomach cramping, I ran in the evenings this week. But I do miss the early morning, sunrise runs. I need to figure out a fix!
Today I was excited to get up early for my run. Yes, excited to wake up at 4:00 AM because I could hopefully get the chance to run in the mid 80’s. (That’s kind of a weird thing to be excited about, huh?) If I get up that early, I can pop my thyroid pill, take the time to get dressed and get stuff together before I eat, then let that settle a little and be out the door by 6:15 or 6:30.
I ran 13.5 miles this morning and it felt pretty good overall. Yes, it was still pretty hot. And I learned that I should wear a hat whenever I run. The system of barrettes and a headband combined with sweat and distance made my hair look a little like that crazy Nick Nolte mug shot.
Hats are now required until I can wear my hair in a ponytail.
I had to take a few walk breaks. And this run was a little bit too long to go without finding an alternate source of liquid. I just carried my handheld Amphipod (with the new insulator sleeve) and should have planned a couple of loops with a stop at my house in between to refill. Warm liquids still hydrate, but they don’t really refresh!
I think I’m still acclimating to the heat. It seems to be slower to happen this year than it did last year. Bummer…
So I have a question for all of you… how far in advance do you have to get up in the mornings before you can set out for a run?