True story. It’s mid-April, and it already feels like the dead of summer around here in Memphis. Today it hit 82. This heat (and my mind playing tricks on me, thinking every little twinge is an oncoming stroke or heart attack) really affected my run. Let’s take a look at two recent long runs, shall we?
11 miles two weeks ago
This was a solid run, one that left me feeling very confident heading into Louisville at the end of the month. I did the first five easy, the next four at a faster pace (between 10k and half marathon for me), then two more easy to cool down. I wasn’t dead at the end, but it was a solid effort.
12 miles today
And here’s today’s 12 miler. I kept everything very easy (even easier than usual), and didn’t try to put in any faster miles. And still, I took two very short walk breaks during miles 9 and 10, and mile 12 was an abject disaster where I walked probably 0.3 of it. I was out of water and caked in sweat.
I think I need to start using Nuun again to replace electrolytes. I have both a small 12 oz. bottle that fits in my belt, and a 20 oz. handheld. I’ll probably start using the Nuun in one, and Gatorade or something in the other. And this summer I’ll experiment with salt licks, as the humidity here is unreal. I think it’s what caused last summer to suck so much.
I’m starting to pray for a nice and cool (and overcast!) race day on the 29th, but I’ll be preparing for humid and 70s at the start.