A weekend long run that capped off a great week of running and a couple of fun nights out with friends!
1) First, the running.
This past week has been pretty good on the running front. Although I felt like I was coming down with something on Thursday, I got out there for a nice easy 5.5 mile run. I never did end up having a full blown cold so after resting on Friday I was able to get in two good runs on Saturday and Sunday.
Wait…hold the phone. TWO runs in TWO days? And one of them was “long”? Who am I, someone who hasn’t been dealing with running injuries galore???
Yep! Although I went out late on Friday night (more on that in a minute), I was able to get out for a nice 3.5-mile shake out run on Saturday. My legs felt pretty good even though it was really hilly (I ran out near the Keswick Country Club) and warm out
Sunday’s mid-day run was a bit longer, but still went pretty well even though it was HOT outside! 88 degrees. Whew.
For some reason I didn’t plan well enough and ran in the middle of the afternoon when it was the hottest. You can see how muggy and hazy it was out
I had 11 miles planned but started to really feel the heat around mile 9. I decided to do something I don’t usually do: listen to my body!
My left calf was starting to cramp up (I think because of the heat) and I was starting to run out of water. I usually set out 3 bottles along my long route but I only had 2 to use on Sunday so I was short by one bottle. And I used much of the water to cool myself down so I ran out more quickly than usual. I ended up running 9 miles (in 1:28) and walked another mile to make it to an even 10.
Even though I didn’t go all the way to 11 like I had planned, I’m glad I didn’t push myself too far especially because it was so hot out.
So all in all it was a good end of the week on the running front. This is what my “return to running” plan set out for me and this is what I did:
Pretty good. Even though I didn’t push it my long run to get to 11, I made up for that extra weekly mile by adding a bit to my “maintenance” run (3.5 instead of 2).
2) The second part of the weekend was going out with friends
Crazy fun times. Need I say more? 🙂
How do you prepare to run in the heat?
Do you run with water? Fuel Belt?