July 8, 2012 by Katie
How’s your weekend going so far? Mine’s going pretty well! It’s been ridiculously steamy here in Chicago, and I have to say that I LOVE IT! Haha I guess global warming agrees with me. Since it was so hot, I actually got an e-mail from CARA on Friday that they cancelled all our runs on Saturday morning due to “excessive heat.”
What did that mean to me? A challenge!
I decided to head out a little earlier than I would have with CARA and hopefully beat the heat! When I woke up at 4:45am, it was already 82 degrees… I think that was the overnight low.
Can you tell I was pumped?
I had some coffee, water, and half a banana with some PB. I geared up and got ready to go! I decided to wear my camelbak so I didn’t have to stop every time I wanted some water. I had a feeling I’d be very thirsty…
The run went better than I expected, although I did experience some serious cramping. My right toes and the ball of that foot cramped up several times during the run, and by mile 7 my hamstrings and calves were cramping up too. I think it was the heat and a lack of electrolytes!
Another thing about the run is that I’ve decided the Camelbak is not the best idea. First of all, it made a ridiculous swishing noise while I was running. While it didn’t bother me, I know everyone noticed it and I’m sure it would be a lot more obnoxious on runs with the group when I’m trying to talk and don’t have headphones in.
Another thing was that I kept getting air when I was drinking out of it! It caused a lot of problems because it made it hard to breath and I kept getting air in my stomach!
During the run I had 3 Cliff Shot blocks, which I thought tasted pretty good!
I kept a good pace and finished the run in 1:39:03 for a pace of 9:55 min/mile. Pretty good when I was expecting to have to go above my 10 mn/mile pace goal because of the heat!
A sweaty, sweaty mess! I actually finished of my Camelbak while stretching and hurried home to drink more water! I was really thirsty… Seeing as all the water that was in body was on my clothes.
I checked the temp when I finished and it had only gone up 5 degrees! Which is pretty good because about 3 hours later when I got back from the farmers market it was already 98…
Molly also headed to the park early in the morning.
She found a pretty awesome stick.
She was pretty excited about it.
And then she went home and took a nap.
Can’t wait to hang out with that cutie today!
What’s the hottest weather you’ve ever run in?
Are you a big fan of plain water, or do you need it flavored?