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Monday, June 27, 2011

Saturday's run was my last long run before the Missoula Montana Half Marathon on July 10th. My thought prior to my run is if this could be a good run in Houston's heat, the half marathon should be much easier.
A secondary purpose was to look for water fountains along the path of my run. I had laid out my planned route but changed it as I went along. I ran through some nice neighborhoods, past a few parks and schools including Rice University. They have a gravel path for walkers and runner the whole way around their campus. A nice place with lots of trees, people and even a water fountain. All toll I found 6 different water fountains yesterday.
My past several runs were in 80+ degree temperatures, I start before the sun comes up. I kept thinking I was not drinking enough liquids on my run. Last week I decided to drink 8 oz. of liquid every mile. I did the same this week but replaced some of the Gatorade with water. The most interesting thing about my run was discovered after finishing and checking my heart rate monitor.
I ran about a mile farther this week compared to last week, the temperature was about the same, but my average heart rate was 2o points lower this week compared to my average heart rate last week or the previous 8 weeks.
If this wasn't a miss reading I would have to guess my body really needed the extra water. Surprisingly I didn't need to make a bathroom stop during my run. All together I drank 18 8 oz. glasses of water yesterday. On a normal day I drink 10 to 12 so 18 is not that outrageous for me. Guess my body just loves water and I do sweat a lot. When I weighed myself after my run I had lost only 1 pound.
Next week's run will be 6.5 miles, then a 5K on July 4th and the half marathon on July 10th.
I feel this run was quite an accomplishment because of the lower heart rate. I had asked my doctor and many others about my problems with running and no one ever mentioned try drinking more. Now that I am running on my own I am really looking at everything I am doing, thinking of possible solutions and trying new things. I love running with a group, but I guess I get too dependent on their input and I don't focus on my own ideas.
My suggestion would be to ask others about any problems you are having, if their suggestions don't work get alone and really try to listen to what you think your body is telling you and try something different, not radically different so you can hurt yourself, but something new.
Here's to better running for all of us.

  
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SLENDERELLA61 6/27/2011 12:45PM

    I have trouble with my heart rate going too high according to my heart rate monitor even though I can talk and feel fine. I will try more water. Thanks for the idea.

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Hot Run

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Today I ran 150 minutes. The temperature was 80 degrees at the start and 85 when I finished. Way hot for me.
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I drank 8 oz. of Gatorade/water every mile, had 3 Gu's and 4 Shot Bloks. I think it was too much sugar. I don't normally eat sugar. I love my carbs, but straight sugar is hard for me to take. Next week I'll trade in one 8 oz. bottle of Gatorade/water for a bottle of all water. Seemed to be about the right amount of liquid, but I still lost 2.2 pounds.
In the middle of the run I traded out my bottles. My wife walks with a large running/walking group. Her car was just the right distance from the house. Got to see quite a few people I know. That made the run more interesting.
Most of my run was in a very wealthy section of Houston so I to look at quite a few very large and beautiful homes.
One more long run before my half in Missoula. Looking forward to the cooler weather there.
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RUN4FOOD 6/21/2011 8:33PM

    Just to mention I do start my runs about a half hour before the sun comes up, so the 80 degrees is the coolest part of the day.

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CALIMAN1 6/21/2011 2:57PM

    That is pretty impressive...I can't imagine running for that long in mid-80 weather...we will be popping close to 100 degrees today near Sacramento, so i have been running early mornings. The advantage is the nicer weather...the disadvantages are getting out of bed and not having enough time to really let the feet fly....

Looking forward to hearing about your upcoming HM! Love that distance most of all.

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ALEXSMOMMYRUNS 6/20/2011 5:03PM

    Good luck in your upcoming half, but watch the heat! It's getting rough out there. Also, love your screenname!!

Debra

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FROSTIERACES 6/18/2011 8:27PM

    Yes, it always helps when a run can be more interesting! You are quite the endurance runner in the heat! You'll be more than ready for your half. I wish you the best of luck and a great race!! :)

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Short Runs

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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Liquids

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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