17 miles / 2:46 / 9:46 avg pace
5:15AM start time temp – feels like 88 degrees
8:00AM finish time temp – feels like 98 degrees
Humidity 0, Kristy 1
I’m calling Operation Hydration a success! I feel great! Dang it was hot though. Definitely the most oppressive conditions I ever ran in. Some thoughts…
- Eating salt (yes, straight salt) was a lifesaver today. I noticed an immediate improvement vs. 2 weeks ago. I really believe it’s why I feel so good right now – no headache, no nausea, no quad soreness. Note: white, powdery-looking substance in a baggie that you eat with your pinky and then stash in your sports bra looks super shady.
- I also drank Gatorade and I think that helped too, but to a lesser extent than the salt.
- My shorts were completely soaked by mile 7!
- I noticed a sloshing sound in my shoes around mile 10 and realized it was sweat. So. Gross.
- Thank god for a canopy of shade once the sun came up. This was also a lifesaver. The sun would have done me in for sure.
- Although my pace was slow, I’m amazed that my body was able to run 17 miles! I was supposed to run 18 but reached my car at 17 and decided to screw the last mile.
A hot mess picture. There wasn’t 1 inch of me that was dry.
Have a good weekend! Stay cool!
Way to go, Kristy!! 17 miles in this heat is extremely impressive! I only did 5 this morning and thought it was super hot, sweaty and gross! Btw, I use salt tabs on a long runs in the warmer temps and think they make a huge difference.
awesome, lady. That’s some serious determination. I love the salt baggie haha that made me laugh 🙂
You are AMAZING!!!! I’ll have to remember the salt when I go for LR in the heat. ;o)
Shannon @ Mon Amour says
I can barely knock out 3 miles in this heat. I really need to work on hydrating better, especially with how hot is has been lately
Amanda Kenney says
Way to go! Love the pic. Did you ask a random runner to take it?
I sweated more than ever in my life last night during Extreme. Every part of me was dripping…and you know I’m not a big sweater in the first place! The trainer reminded us at one point that all the bad stuff in our bodies was pouring out. No better cleanse than a long sweat session!
I used the self timer and my car as a tripod…then cropped!
If you sweated at Extreme then I would have been a nightmare! I’m glad I didn’t go. It would have dehydrated me big time. Can you imagine me pulling out my salt baggie during Extreme?!?!
You are awesome! First of all, you can run 17 miles. At all. Let’s not forget that piece. And then you feel great after doing it in extreme conditions b/c you were super smart about it, well you deserve a gold medal for that!
Thanks Janet! Be careful if you have a run planned this weekend.
Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner says
Wow!!!! I was going to get up early and run this morning too but the humidity was way too high. You are a rockstar.
OMG, I totally relate to the sloshing in the shoes and overall soaked-ness! So insane out there – nice work getting it done! I too love salt in situations like this – it definitely helps 🙂
Tessa @ Amazing Asset says
Wow you are so impressive Kristy! I am such a pansy at running in the heat! Nice job lady 🙂 I will have to try some of your tips next time I attempt a run in this oppressive heat…
Just thinking….how do you drive home 🙂
Pink Runner says
Holy cow! I ran in the air conditioning this morning. You are so tough!!
Wow! Thats really awesome! Isn’t this heat/humidity the worst?!? I guess I should start taking salt with me!
Awesome! Runs like this will pay off in September. They will make your marathon feel easy! Now enjoy the weekend!
Yes it was crazy nasty this morning!!! I only did 10 because I have a 5K tonight, but I left a pool of sweat in the lobby when I came in…I’m trying to stick to the mentality that hey if I survive all these fall marathons will rock
It’s amazing how many bloggers are discussing hot runs! I too, suffered through one and made it this week. I hate the sweaty feet though. 🙁 I came away with several blisters. 🙁
Yeah for a successful Operation!
Ok… wow. During your long runs in the heat like that, do your legs/knees ache towards the end? Asking bc that is happening to me, lol. Is that just normal when running long in the heat?
Yes and no. Are you talking crampy/sluggish? Or pain? Crampy/sluggish would be from the heat and that’s a sure sign that you are not getting enough electrolytes. This was happening to me — that’s the reason why I tried the salt on Friday. It made such a difference. Pain is a different story. You shouldn’t be feeling pain from the heat. Are you fueling frequently? Getting enough salt and potassium?
I need to send you some salt pills so you can stay classy on your runs and ditch the baggie 🙂