Today my calendar said I should run 13+ miles. So I set my alarm clock for 4:30 and had my sorry tired behind out the door by 5:15.
I picked a course that would run laps around town. Each lap was between 3.25 and 3.75 miles. I have them measured and memorized from Google Maps. Each lap brings me past my front door and there I have a water station set up. Water, fruit, gels, clif bars.
Before I was finished the first block, I decided to set a slow steady pace: about an 11:00 mile.
After mile four I decided to set a time limit of 2 hours regardless of the miles. The temperature was already about 80º. It said so on the thermometer I set out at my water station.
By mile 5 the sun broke through the clouds. Around mile 6 my ears were sweating so badly that my earphone would not stay in. My eyes were stinging from the sweat. My pace had slowed to about 11:30/ mile.
The house was coming into view. The sun was already blazing and I was huffing and puffing and wheezing a little.
And I had to pee.
It was decision time. When I reached the house, I had finished only two laps, 7.3 miles. I had only run for 84 minutes. I still owed me 36 minutes or six miles. The thermometer said it was 84º at 6:40 AM.
And I had to pee.
So I pulled the plug. I knew that once I went into the house to use the bathroom, I was done. The air conditioning was on and it felt soooo good.
And the point is ...
Be flexible. Make a plan but listen to your body. An hour after I bagged it, the thermometer read 89º. It was a smart move to stop running. I call this fun, but collapsing from the heat is not fun.
Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi
Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon, Dublin, Ireland, 8/5/2013 ie.competitor.com/dublin/