Well, it happened.
I missed my target long run mileage of 18 miles yesterday.
By 5 miles.
And in all honesty, I felt pretty crappy about it at first.
A friend of mine told me to try and not miss long runs. Miss the short runs if you have to, but don’t miss the long runs because that’s when you put your body to the test. It needs to get used to the wear and tear of hitting the pavement. And I agree with him. BUT…
Southern California has been experiencing an insane heat wave recently with a high of 97F/36C yesterday around noon. My long run usually takes place in the morning, but because of the heat, I decided to wait it out and run once it had cooled off. By 7 pm, I couldn’t wait any longer. It was getting really dark and with 18 miles, it would have taken me over 3 hours to run putting me in at around 10:30 pm. It was hovering around 84F/29C and didn’t seem to decrease so I bit the bullet. I pulled on my new mid calf compression socks and I went out for to run.
I won’t bore you with the details of the run, but in short, I don’t do well in heat. I had gotten a side stitch early on in the run, my ankle hurt, and I was trying to not overheat; it wasn’t a good combination. I ended up stopping at 13 miles because…
1. I didn’t want to seriously injure myself.
2. It was getting really dark out.
Safety first, guys and gals.
Anyway, despite missing my target mileage, I’m still glad that I made an effort to run and I’m very proud of myself for putting in 13 miles. Really though. A year ago, you couldn’t get me to go out and run 13 miles without giving me a nice shiny medal. And now, I can do it without a medal in the blistering heat. Go me!
Also, good thing I didn’t try pushing my long run to today. It hit 108F/42C today. I would have died.
So tell me, how do you counteract the heat when running? Do you guys wear special cooling gear? Or just dump water all over yourselves? I’d love to know.