Saturday, May 25, 2013
I slept reasonably well last night, ate breakfast and showered this morning before my run. I know that doesn't make a lot of sense, but my aim is to be cool.
I went to the gym with wet hair to use the treadmill. (I tend to breathe better there than in my gym at home, which still smells a little after the water damage repair we had done this winter.) I did a 5 min warm up, 10 min cool down, 40 min run/walk. I hit an overheat zone at minute 19 of the 40 minute run/walk, but was prepared with a wet cloth. I slowed to a walk and ran that cloth all over my face, neck and chest. I walked about three minutes, decided I was fine and started running again. No nausea, no exhaustion, no other problems the rest of the run. None of my other walk periods were more than a minute. I didn't try to push my speed at all after I reached this overheat zone; I kept it about a 12.8 minute mile or so and was comfortable, not huffing and puffing.
I felt pretty good! When I got home, I took a sponge bath... and now I'm off to work!
Edited to add: after work I went to look at the location of a technical trail I found about 18 miles from home. There will be a race there this July. I didn't have time to run it today (due to more math, dang it) but I will check it out in detail this week and if I think there is even the tiniest possibility I can do it, I will sign up. Looks somewhat intimidating - lots of cow poop, and a hill that goes on forever, but it's also very beautiful, passes a pond and goes through a lot of trees.