So this weekend I set my mind to run 16 miles, the longest run since VT In May. I was not as worried about the distance as I was the heat. The weather was about 90 and humid. It was sticky and gross.
You know when I ran the Boston Marathon this year it was brutally hot. I sucked it up the whole time, but I think it was easier than my run on Sunday. First of all, there were no water stops. I hate carrying fuel so I was doing 4 mile loops and drinking in between. Clearly this was not enough. I was parched by mile 2 every time I did a loop.
Second there was no company. I never realized how important some fellow runners and crowd support helps. When you are out there pounding the hot pavement all alone, it is so easy to let the voices tell you to give up. Mentally this run was a lot harder.
Third, it was so humid. I think now that I have pretty much run in all kinds of weather that I can say I hate the humidity when it's there the most. The air is so thick and it makes it harder to breathe. And as you sweat you stay wet for longer. It's almost as if your body does not cool itself off as well when there is so much humidity.
When I was running I thought about quitting so many times. There were times when my legs felt heavy and burdened and all I wanted to do was stop. My saving grace was my stubbornness. I kept telling myself that I could not quit, that we never give up even when the going gets rough. I thought about some of my hardest runs and how I made it through those times and that this one was not much different.
It worked! Someway, somehow, I finished all 16 miles and made it out of the scorching trail alive ;)
The only casualty is my favorite running shorts my key rusted from being wet with sweat for almost 3 hours an it stained them :(
With this run behind me I feel stronger mentally. This is really what the long runs are for, to prepare the body for a battle that will last for 26.2 miles. You cannot do battle without some training and therefor, I welcome the adversity I am facing this time around because it is only making me a better runner.
Did you have a good weekend run?
Do you like to carry water while running? I have tried fuel belts and hand helds and just have a hard time. Anyone love their camelback?