Guys, let’s get real.
Remember how in love with running I was in the winter and spring? I ran not one, not two, but three half marathons, plus a 10 miler, and miles and miles of training runs. Sure, there were a few dud runs in there, but for the most part, I was running with a big smile on my face and breaking PRs left and right.
And then… it got really hot outside.
The wonderful Mary over at Fitness Fruition made me a great training plan (more on that tomorrow), which started on July 1, right after I came back from my Portland Fitlbloggin’ trip. But unfortunately my first week of training didn’t go well – I mentioned while I was in Portland that I wasn’t feeling well, and that continued into the next week, so I ended up blowing off all my runs in favor of resting. Last week at the beach I got in a couple decent runs, but they were still pretty lax. To be honest, the heat just crushes me. I’d rather run in 30 degree darkness and snow than 95 degrees, and I guess I kind of forgot about that small problem when I signed up for a fall marathon.
On Sunday, after getting back from the beach, I was determined to get back on track. I finally got it together and got in my first long run of training – 8 miles all through DC.
It was a HOT morning and I was running by myself because I couldn’t rally any friends to join me last minute, but as luck would have it, when I was running over Key Bridge I ran into my friend Megan (who some of you will recognize as the former MegaNerd Runs blogger)! She was also running alone and doing 8 miles, so we decided to join forces for a few of the miles and run together. I hadn’t seen her in awhile so it was great to catch up!
I love the waterfront in Georgetown – so pretty.
We had fun chatting and running together but we were both really feeling the heat, so we stopped to take a few breaks along the way. Below we are chilling out on some steps overlooking the Potomac…
Brooks sent me a new pair of my favorite Ravenna 4 shoes (as part of my Run Happy Ambassadorship with them) in a pretty new summery color – it felt good to be in new shoes since my old ones were getting really worn out after all the winter/spring running I did! Thank you, Brooks!
Megan and I ran together from about miles 1ish until 5, and then I headed back towards home on my own.
The last couple miles of the run were ROUGH. I was really feeling the heat and I made it back close to my apartment at 6 miles and was really tempted to stop, but I was determined to get in what I set out to do. Finally, my watch hit 8 miles. It might not have been pretty, but I made it!
I got in another run early this morning with my training buddy Karen, although again it was so hot it pretty much crushed me so we ended up taking quite a few water/walking/stretching breaks. It was one of those “totally not feeling it” days.
We ended up making it 4 miles before calling it quits. I’m glad we were together or I probably wouldn’t have even gone that far! At least we had nice views.
I’m bummed because Karen signed up to do the marathon with me but unfortunately she’s been injured since last month, which is why you haven’t seen us running together much lately. She’s made it up to about 5 miles but is going back to the doctor again to have her knee checked out next week. We’re both crossing our fingers big time that she gets better and is still able to start training for/do the marathon. She really wants to do the race and I definitely don’t want to do it alone! We’ll see…
I’ll be back tomorrow to share more details about the training plan that Mary put together for me. In the meantime, I’d love some motivation and inspiration from you guys as I begin my marathon training journey. Please remind me why doing a marathon is a good idea? Is anyone else having trouble running in the heat, too? Help!