Heat Advisory Run & HOT new playlist :)

I had to do something yesterday that I absolutely hated.

I had to wake up early

Not just kind of early (which for me, means 8am). I had to get up at 5am in order to start my run by 6am at the latest. You see, yesterday we–and most other places on the East coast–had a heat advisory.

The high temp for the day was about 100 degrees and when I stepped outside at 5:30am it was already 76 degrees. Ugh, the summer. All I wanted to do was stay in bed because as you know, I’m not a morning person. Never have been, never will be. But I knew I needed to get this long run out of the way because my legs need a few days to rest before this triathlon on Sunday I’ve decided to do at the last minute.

Once I got to my starting point for the run, though, I quickly “warmed” up to the idea of running (hehe, pun intended). I mean, look at this view for goodness sakes.

Unreal. The fog was just burning off and I had a couple miles of “gee whiz running is so great, and life is great, and I’m so inspired”. That feeling wore off a bit around mile 5 when the temperature really heated up (I later found out that 1 hour into my run the temp was already in the low 80s and the humidity was off the charts). Good thing I dropped some frozen water bottles off along the route. And I had a new-to-me flavor of GU waiting: Mandarin Orange. Sooo good. Jet Blackberry is still my favorite flavor but I think I like the “juicy” flavors better during the hot summer months.

And you see what else I had with me? A bottle with half gatorade, half water. I usually don’t drink gatorade AND take GU because it really does a number on my stomach when I’m running but I wanted a little bit on hand because it was so hot yesterday. After drinking some of it during the run, my stomach starting hurting again a bit so I probably won’t go back to incorporating gatorade. But I’m always willing to try out different combinations of things so maybe another flavor? We’ll see.

True to the slow build-up of miles I’ve logged the past few weeks after the Alexandria Half Marathon (like the 9 miler, the two mid-week 7 milers, and the 10 miler), I ended up going 11.2 miles. I felt like I could’ve gone farther, but I’m restraining myself and holding myself accountable to a novel idea: Slow and steady baby. Only up my weekly mileage by 1 or 2 miles a week tops.

The new tunes I’ve been listening to really helped keep me going in the heat and humidity. Here are some of the new songs I’m rocking out to (and yes, they include the Biebs)

Die In Your Ams by Justin Bieber

Wide Awake by Katy Perry

Breathe of Life by Florence and the Machine (Snow White Soundtrack)

The Lion, The Beast, The Beat by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (seriously my favorite right now! Starts slow but picks up quickly)

Fighter by Jason Chen

As Long As You Love Me by Justin Bieber feat Big Sean

One More Night by Maroon 5

Pain by Jimmy Eat World

Don’t Wake Me Up by Chris Brown

Touch Me by Katharine McPhee (SMASH soundtrack)–another great song to run to!

Do you have any new music recommendations for my upcoming runs or to pump myself up for my triathlon on Sunday?

Have you been running in the heat?

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21 Responses to Heat Advisory Run & HOT new playlist :)

  1. good for you! way to get up early and do a long run, so smart!

  2. I love the Mandarin Orange gu! I think it’s hands-down my favorite! I have been running in the heat, in the evenings, and it’s been rough (nothing long though). I think tomorrow morning, I’ll have to get up around 6ish for my long run, and I’m not really looking forward to that. :-/

  3. great run! I’m so sad I’m back down to 5km, I miss my 15km+ runs:( It’s better for me right now though so I don’t hurt my body more.
    I’m listening to The Lion, The Beast and the Beat from your blog right now. I like it!!
    2 of my new favorite songs right now: New York City by Among Savages & Some Nights by Fun. Seriously great tunes!
    Good Luck this weekend!!! You’ll do great!

  4. Carina says:

    Living in Texas, I feel like I spend about 4-5 months/year running in the heat. You get acclimated after about 2 weeks and it’s not so bad, but going early def helps.

    I can’t do gatorade and gu together, but I still do both on all my long runs, just never within the same 20-30 minutes. I’ll drink gatorade on and off while I’m running, but 15 mins before and after a gu, I only have water. Works for me and my stomach.

    • That’s a good idea to wait awhile before drinking the gatorade/taking the GU. I’m going to try it out! And I seriously cannot imagine living where it is this hot all year (or much of the year). It is crazy!!!!!!!! I feel so lethargic in the summer. I’d rather run in 30 degree weather any day!

  5. Nice work on the run! I haven’t done a longer run in a while, I need to get on that. I haven’t tried the mandarin orange GU yet, but knowing we share the same love for the jet blackberry, I’ll have to give it a try. Sweetness and The Middle by Jimmy Eat World are two of my favorites!

  6. katiemoves says:

    i love Karmin brokenhearted right now for some reason! and yay for a triathlon!

  7. Isn’t it weird that super hot early mornings have that misty-foggy look of a chilly Fall morning? Your picture made me think of Fall when I first looked at it! We were in a heat advisory and when I woke up, the weather was very similar. I’m just glad the excessive heat is over…for now lol

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