Sundays mean two things around here: long runs and church. My husband and I like doing our long run on Sundays to get us in the habit of running a long distance on the same day of the week that our marathon will be on. During the winter, we waited until after church, in hopes of the temperatures warming up a bit (anything above 30 degrees was a bonus!) Nowadays we run before church in hopes of beating the heat (anything below 60 would be nice!) I always try to get as much sleep as possible on the weekend. I’ve quickly learned that sleeping in a little plus long runs when you are trying to beat the heat are not the best combo.
I think I’ve decided that the reason I fall apart is because I’m dehydrated. When I run, I sweat a lot. Others take notice of this too! One time, while staying at Brendan’s grandma’s house in Florida, when we got back from a run, his grandma said, “boy Jenelle, you sweat a lot more than Brendan does.” True statement, I do.
I love hydrating before my run with Drink Chia! (as I have mentioned before). The last couple of weekends my long runs have started somewhere between a 7:50 mile and a 8:30 mile and held steady for around 5-6 miles. I KNOW this is not that fast for many of you speedies. However, my marathon goal is around 3:30 (7:50-8:00 minute pace), so being in the range that I have started out in is ideal for now. On second thought, maybe I need to start out a little slower and work my way to a faster pace. I also don’t want to get injured! After this first part of my run, my pace slows down and I slip into the 9 minute range and it drives me crazy! My effort always feels just has hard, but I’m not going as fast. So begins the love/hate relationship with my Garmin, right? Or maybe it’s a love/hate relationship with the weather. By the half way point in my run, the sun is out and the temperatures are getting into the 80’s or higher.
I have run with water bottles on my waist and have trouble with it bouncing too much. I did tighten it and place it higher up and this usually made me stomach hurt.
I have run with a small handheld…and you can see what Bailey thought of the top of it.
I have also tried a bigger version (below). This was a little heavy to carry when it was full. Today I dropped it off in a park and did loops so I could stop and get drinks from it. In my opinion I thought I drank a lot. My stomach even felt full at one point. When I got home, I weighed myself and I had lost 5 lbs on a 10 mile run!
I have not been good about taking these lately, but I have also tried Salt Sticks. From what I remember of last summer, I think they did help some with the dehydrated feeling and I may have to be better about taking them.
I would love to hear what others do for hydration while out running in the heat.
- What works and what doesn’t work for you? I’m not a treadmill person at all, so running inside in air conditioning is one option I would say no to.
Speaking of hydration…Don’t forget, the Drink Chia Giveaway is still going on! Check out THE POST and get entered!