Feeling The Heat

I had my first taste of summer running today.  It’s 80 degrees outside.  And it kicked my ass!  I still managed to run a mile, walk a mile and a half and then run a last half mile.  So I wasn’t too shabby!

It actually didn’t feel bad when I left the house.  The sun was hidden behind a cloud, there was a nice cool breeze.  It felt like the 60’s.  Perfect running weather, right?

I walked two laps of my local park to warm my legs up and then went into my run.

And the sun came out.  It was a different world then.  Now it FELT like 80 degrees.  And the sun kept me company throughout my mile run.

Wasn’t that thoughtful?

By the start of my third lap (I already wrote in an earlier post that five laps equal one mile) my legs were already feeling heavy.  But I followed two mantras:

One lap at a time.


One foot in front of the other.

The second one I learned from reading running blogs on this site and from runners tweeting.  They helped me through it.  I then walked and managed one last run at the end.  I had a bottle of water with me so I stayed hydrated.

One issue I have is my body is not as good at regulating its core temperature as it used to be.  I had a virus a few years ago that got into my heart.  My resting heart rate was over 100 and I had palpitations just walking up the road.  This went on for six months.  My body overheating seems to be an after effect from that.  So if I overheat I tend to become lightheaded and feel faint.  I was okay today, but I definitely felt the heat far more than I should have.  When the real heat kicks in I may have to find an indoor track.  I’ll run outside as much as I can but I don’t think I’ll be able to cope when it’s 90 degrees and humid.

I’m definitely addicted to running, though.  More specifically I’m addicted to the way I feel after a run.  I feel energized and my legs feel great.

I’ve come to the conclusion that my best bet is to run every other day.  I didn’t run at all yesterday, though I went for a two mile walk.  So my legs felt great at the start.  I just need to find a way to cope with the coming summer heat!