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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Saturday morning I will be running 12.5 miles. I'll be drinking 8 oz. of Gatorade/water every mile in hopes of not getting dizzy or running out of energy at the end of my run. Normally it's my long runs that motivate me and get me to do my short weekday runs. Lately my short runs have been going very well and my long runs have been difficult. My short runs are now motivating me to do better on my long runs and are giving me hope I can improve my long runs. Two long runs left until my next half marathon. I'm looking forward to this weekend's challenge.
There are so many inspiring people and their stories on SparkPeople it makes me think maybe I can reach my goals too.

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RUN4FOOD 6/16/2011 3:24PM

    RUNSWITHDEER: For the past few weeks I have really been watching my liquid intake during my long runs. Last week I drank 8 oz. every 1.5 miles and it just didn't seem like enough. Being about to pass out and not sweating the last few miles is not a good option. If my stomach starts to slosh I'll cut back on my liquids. I'm very hopeful this will work and I can write a positive blog after my run. We'll see.

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RUNSWITHDEER 6/16/2011 1:33PM

    At that rate, you'll need to take a case of gatorade with you. I know its hot but where did you get that 8 ounces per every mile? You are going to be sloshing around like a wash tub full of gatorade! Good luck on the long run and please don't drown.

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COOP9002 6/16/2011 9:51AM

    Sounds like you're up for the challenge. Let us know how it goes. Hopefully, it won't be too warm while you're out there.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Ran 12 miles this morning. Temperature was 78 when I started and 81 when I finished. I drank 8 oz. of half Gatorade and half water every 1.5 miles. Did much better than my two previous long runs but not there yet. When I got home I weighted myself and had lost 1.6 pounds. That tells me I could have had 24 to 36 oz. more during my run.
The weather next weekend will likely be similar to today, so I'll try to find a way to drink an additional 24 oz. of liquids. That will be a total of 88 oz. of liquids. I'm finding it difficult to carry that much liquid. Soon I'll have to have a water truck follow me around on my long runs.
Only slightly dizzy toward the end. Had the energy to finish, but none left in the tank.

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FROSTIERACES 6/15/2011 4:57PM

    LOL...I wish there was a water truck nearby on my runs! I'm sorry you're feeling dizzy....must be the heat as you say. Can you run in the early morning hours to beat the heat? Hot days equal running in air conditioning on my treadmill for me. I love hot summer days, but I'm actually better at running the cold than the warmth.

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Running in the Heat

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

I'm happy with my run this morning. 2.9 miles in 29 minutes. Just under 10 minutes per mile. At my last 5K in January my pace was almost 12 minutes per mile.
Last October I was running so poorly, feeling bad and running slowing, that I quite running all together. Then a few weeks later in November I started running again. I started very slowly and only for short distances. I've built up since then to where this weekend I'll be running 12 miles. Getting ready for a half marathon in Missoula Montana in July. Hope it is cooler there than it has been in Houston.
The heat got to me during my last two long runs. This weekend I'm trying to drink more liquids and consume more carbs. Hopefully this will help me feel better at the end of my run. The last two weeks I had no energy at the end and was quite dizzy. I looked on SparkPeople and on Lance Armstrong's site for ideas of how much to eat and drink. They had some formulas I will be trying on this Saturday's long run. Hope to do better this week.
If you have any ideas of how to feel better running in high heat and humidity, I would appreciate hearing them. Since I live in Houston I've got to get used to this someday.

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SLENDERELLA61 6/9/2011 10:53AM

    I worked out on the treadmill this morning here at home. 79 degrees and humid. Not too bad.

Congrats on your increasing speed! You are doing great! Your endurance/distance is really coming along, too. Take care. -Marsha

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K_FUHRMAN 6/8/2011 10:39PM

    I've found running on the treadmill in the air conditioning always helps me. emoticon

Good luck with the half marathon.

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Cut Back Run

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Love my cut back runs. Every fourth week I cut my run time in half to give my body a rest. This week I ran 6 miles. Temperature was 73 when I started and 78 when I finished. Last week I became very tired and dizzy at the end of my 11.5 mile run so this week I drank more water and Gatorade mixed with water. I'll find out next week if drinking more water actually makes a difference, when I run 12 miles. I've been reading Dean Anderson's articles on eating for high intensity workouts. My body told me the last two weeks that my workouts were too intense for my body. My dizziness and lack of energy at the end of my runs told me I better start doing something different or I won't survive Houston's heat this summer. Added the water this week. Looking to learn more from Dean's articles with the hope of improving my running. Not trying to get faster, just trying to get to the end of my planned run without being dizzy or having run out of energy.

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RUN4FOOD 6/6/2011 1:45PM

    Saturdays I usually start around 6:00 in the morning. I start my weekday runs about 5:30 in the morning. Next Saturday I am going to try to run 12 miles. My last two long runs went pretty poorly. Felt like I hit the wall at about 11 miles. I got dizzy and I was completely out of energy. This coming Saturday I am going to increase my fluid and carb intake; water, Gatorade, Gu and Shot Bloks. We'll see if you body responds any better. I always do my long runs slowly, but then all of my runs are slow.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/6/2011 10:50AM

    What time to do run? For long runs our group starts really early. But during the week when I run alone, I have to run in the afternoon. 100 last Thursday, even at 6:30 pm. So I keep it slow and keep hydrated.
Good luck with your training.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Ran 11.2 miles today getting ready for a half marathon in Missoula Montana in July. Temperature at the start was 78 degrees and 83 when I finished. Happy I made that distance although I was aiming for 11.5 miles. The heat really wears me down. I usually do a 5 run and 1 walk, but close to the end I was doing a 1 run and 1 walk. Need to find a way to not get so dizzy and tired on my long runs on hot days.
Next week I'll cut back the distance goal to 6 miles. Should be able to do well at that distance.
Since I eat half of the calories I burn on my long runs I'll eat well today and enjoy it, especially since my wife and I will be celebrating our 31st anniversary. emoticon

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FROSTIERACES 6/15/2011 5:01PM

    A little late...Happy Anniversary! 31 years is a long time! I love hearing about marriages that are celebrating so many years of being together. :)

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OUREB33 5/28/2011 10:57AM

    Congrats to you and your wife . Have a great time in your run.

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ALICIA214 5/28/2011 10:37AM


Sincere emoticon on both events, the latter calls for candle light and wine
which says a Romantic Dinner

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