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?