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.