Hope everyone had a fantabulous weekend!
Mine didn't start out too hot (heh) with my long run attempt on Saturday.
I tried to tackle 13 mi in 98% humidity. I ran out of liquids and definitely paid the price. I started majorly cramping at mi 9 and then got chills and dizzy at mi 11. I soon realized I was may be getting heat exhaustion, so I stopped and called my hubby to come get me. What followed was vomiting and a pretty bad headache.
Check out these other signs of heat-related illness so you know when it's safe to stop running.
- Refill your water bottle at fast food places and gas stations
- Don't attempt long runs in unsafe conditions.
I was feeling down on myself the rest of the day. I know my despair should have been directed towards Mother Nature. But I let negative thoughts enter my brain.
- "You won't get through marathon training."
- "You won't do any long runs."
- "Forget about qualifying for the Boston Marathon."
So I did what anyone would do: I registered to run a 20 mi trail race in 4 weeks.
It's Turkey Swamp Race Day in Freehold, NJ. I ran the 10 mi race last year. It was my first trail race and it was harder than expected but a lot of fun.
Will I be ready to run 20 mi in 4 weeks? No. My training plan only calls for 18. But trail races are slow, there's no pressure and I'll take plenty of walk breaks. And if I need to, I can drop down to the 25k option (15.5 miles).
Is it foolish to run a 20 mi trail race when marathon training? Probably. But it's 2 full months before my marathon and it guarantees I'll spend 20 miles on my legs. As long as I don't trip over a branch and break my ankle...
This will hopefully give me the motivation I need to complete the two other 20-milers on my training schedule. I'm excited
What's the craziest race you've ever done? If you're not a runner, what's the most challenging commitment you've ever made?