Since I spent the weekend recovering from CrossFit, I decided that I would make up for my lost long run and do it today. Like my usual day off, I slept in. I ended up going out just before noon. It was already 86° out. By the end of my run, it was 90°. I used a Nathan Hydration belt. I put some Powerade in the bottles and put them in the freezer a couple days ago. They felt nice on my waist. I also took along a disposable water bottle with Powerade, that I stuck in the fridge last night. I wanted to have the extra fluid but be able to chuck the bottle.
I ran at a very comfortable pace for 4.5 miles. Then I began to walk. I ran, I walked, I ran, I walked. I never felt out or breath, or fatigue. It was just crazy hot and sweat was dripping off me. I tried to stay in the shade as much as possible. Even the breezes I could catch were warm. Ewww…. Even the Powerade had melted and was warm. I figured as long as I banked the miles, I was accomplishing something. Here’s how my splits ended up with the walking:
Not fantastic, but I covered the milage, and survived. I had a bit of juice left in me at the end to push a faster pace, and mostly because I could not wait to be done. Lessons learned: I really have to get up and go early if I’m going to do a long run. It’s going to be warm in Florida, no matter what. But it’s best if I can avoid the sun. Oh, and I learned that I hate the auto-pause feature on my Garmin FR220. It kept pausing while I was walking. I will be turning that off from now on.