Weekend Review: Training or Torture?
It was a HOT 20 Miler this weekend!!! *HOT* doesn't even describe it! I started at 6:30am but it was already into the high 80's at that point. And by the time I ended, it was skyrocketing past 100+. I felt like Johnny Storm from Fantastic Four, just minus the speed! (yes, I'm a comic book geek)
I took the pup out for the first few miles just so she could get some exercise in before the triple digits hit. Even SHE was getting too hot already, and the sun wasn't even blaring YET!
Nevertheless, it was slow, it was hot, but I got it done! A lot of people ask me how I survive training Arizona's relentless summer temps. You can check out some of my tips here: Surviving the Hellish Heat
But for the most part, I made sure I had extra water, and ran a route where I could fill up at fountains when I needed. Also, I had my hat doused in cold water, and salt sticks to keep my electrolytes up.
Afterwards, when I got home, the b/f said I looked like death LITERALLY warmed over. Probably wasn't too far from the truth. What was my saving grace? POPSICLES! The ice cold juicy Popsicles from the freezer were my life saver. Once I had cooled off, I had my protein shake and soaked in a bath full of epsom salts.
Now, this weekend I won't be doing 20 miles... I'll back off just a bit for recovery. However, I'll be hosting my first Arizona Social Runners Meet-up/ Run on Sunday! We're going to make this a regular thing, once a month. Everyone taking turns hosting, and running different routes in our area!
This Sunday, we'll be tackling South Mountain starting at 6:30am. We'll take a route that everyone can run at their own speed and go as far as they want. Then, we'll eat and swap war stories and blogging/running advice... and make new friends in the process! It's going to be a blast!
I can't wait to meet other runner/bloggers and share our experiences together! If you're interested in joining our group, we're calling ourselves "Run, Eat, Tweet!"... just let us know and we'll loop you in!
Stay tuned for all the fun to come from the first ever "Run, Eat, Tweet" group run!!!