Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Last night I decided that it was time to see if I could run 10K. As you can probably already tell, I managed to do it in 1 hour and 16 minutes. The time wasn't great but speed wasn't the goal to achieve - the miles were the important part... Yay! I finally did 10K! It's an amazing achievement since I have been running for around around four months, never been able to run one mile before on other occasions. It is amazing what the body can do when you get the mental part in the right order.
Seeing that we have about 6 inches of snow and no one around to plow the roads in our city, I reluctantly walked to the gym and jumped on the treadmill. As I walked in the door a newbie was there and trying to figure out how to work the temperature gauge - it was around 54 degrees indoors! Brrrr... So, after I gently told her it was always cold or too warm in the gym - she gradually started her beginner workout. It was nice to help out a newbie and feel as though I wasn't the only one starting out in my workout journey. I jumped on the treadmill and plugged myself into the wonderful Japanese music from my Ipod Shuffle. Freezing I really had to start with a slower speed than normal and gradually work myself into the proper speed. About one mile in the run, I decided that if I was going to get anywhere I had to shed some layers and work on that speed. I got up to a normal 11-12/min/mile speed and start running like normal. Yes, I can do 8min/miles however today was the day to work on length.
About 3.5 miles into the run I started the mental workout of - should I stop at 5k or keeping going limbo that I generally do each run. Thankfully the better part of me won the mental race and I decided that if I was ever going to run a half or full marathon one day, I was going to have to push my body to higher levels of physical ability. It was at this time I started to feel the heat start to rise. At first I thought that it was just me however my husband finally reached the gym around 4 miles and he was amazed at how hot it was in the gym. As we were running, we felt the hot gusts of air coming from the heating vents above us... I was determined though and kept on. My husband was happy with a little more time on the treadmill also since he was playing with the new Garmin 405CX. haha
6.2 miles later I was finally finished and sweating - strangely though I wasn't sweating as much as normal. I think the heat was turning the moisture into vapor - yes it really was that hot! I sat down after the run to let my heart beat come back to a normal pace a little faster... it wasn't until this time my husband looked at the temperature gauge - it was around 74 degrees! That means we were working out while the hot air was pushing itself down on our cold winter-regulated bodies.
Back home to the showers and time to get dressed in comfy clothes and to make dinner. It was at this time that I started to feel the pain from running such a long distance in a hot temperature. I started to get what I believe was "exercise-induced nausea". I am hypoglycemic so this was a major warning flag waving in front of me... my husband ran to the fridge and thankfully he had bought a coke the other day and hadn't drunk the whole thing. Coke to the rescue... one little gulp and I was feeling better in minutes. Thank goodness!
Unfortunately I was under the weather from the lower blood sugar levels the whole night. I'm not 100% sure why the lower levels or even if that was the case for my sickness but I'm learning from my mistake. I am ready to eat more sugar before a long run and not anticipating such hot weather in the gym again. Maybe it was me pushing my body too much, but then again I do not feel pain in the body before or after and neither do I know.
Life is interesting and I'm glad to finally be starting "Life 101".