A Steamy Hot Run

Hey everyone!

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?

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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…

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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!

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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.

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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…

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Molly also headed to the park early in the morning.

She found a pretty awesome stick.

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She was pretty excited about it.

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And then she went home and took a nap.

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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?

33 thoughts on “A Steamy Hot Run

  1. Hey, wow thats really really warm… Here in germany its not even half that temperature these days. But its at least good for running ! I go with normal water or I put in some vitamin tabs because I like their orange flavour! My dog does exactlythe same as Molly in the pics, love it 😉

  2. holy moly – 82 degrees at 4:45 am?!?! that is crazy! props to you girl! i think i would’ve been inside on a treadmill. way to go on beating your goal time! you look great by the way! oh, and i was just thinking… you should get molly a friend! 😉

    1. Hahaha I’d love to get molly a friend but I cannot afford such a friend and my apartment doesn’t allow them… And I thought about taking it to the treadmill, but I would have had to sit around until 8 when my gym opened and I just wanted to get it done!

  3. Congratulations on such a great run! You’re such an inspiration!
    The hottest I’ve ever ran in was 93 degrees, but the humidity wasn’t there, so it wasn’t so bad.
    I’m not a fan of flavored water at all for some reason!

  4. Wow, 4:45 on a Saturday morning is quite the dedication! I had to take some runs indoors this week which is really sad but the only option. Glad the heat finally seems to have broken.

  5. 82 degrees before 5 am… wow, that makes me feel hot just thinking about it! The hottest weather I’ve run in was probably last summer, when it was around 80 at 5:30 and with insane humidity. I hope you’re finding ways to keep cool!

  6. I am JUST like you. Everybody told me to not go biking this week because of the heat, but I saw it as a challenge. I made sure that I had plenty of water!

    I have to drink plain water. I hate it flavored.

  7. Wow- that is so awesome that you braved the heat and still managed to get in your run. I can’t believe it was 85 degrees before 5 AM! I can’t even imagine. You’re a rockstar!

  8. Great job! I have been running through this heat, so I would say the hottest I’ve run in is mid-to-upper 90s. However, when I saw yesterday’s run was canceled, and that Sunday morning would be cooler, I decided to do my long run on Sunday. It felt so great to run in temps in the 70s!

    I drink plain water. I’m not a fan of flavored. I prefer water + fuel in a gummy, goo, or jelly bean form :)

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