So Jen and I tackled our Day One of training together. The five mile run. It was a mix of good and bad.
It was 86 degrees and very humid. Put a wet, warm washcloth over your mouth and nose and then take a deep breath. And then leave it in place and run 5 miles. That's how it felt.
We discovered that the best way to cool off is not to splash your drinking water on your face, arms, and chest, but to dump it right on your head. This helped considerably. (Seriously.)
We kept our average around 11.5 min/miles. Considering the heat and hills, I was happy with this. And that's another thing that I will never understand. My IT bands did not cause me the slightest bit of discomfort, even while running hills for 5 miles. Yet other days I am taking Ibuprofen just to walk around my house. I don't get it. I did premedicate with 600 mg of Ibuprofen 2 hours before the run, though. I may keep doing this.
Also girls, I don't think Jen and I should be allowed to run unchaperoned. I'm just kidding, Jen. But we might accidentally kill ourselves. We're not sweaty girls, we're "turn red and look like you might die" girls. And neither of us has an ounce of common sense with the heat. We had water stations. We drank 3 times during the run, and then after. But when her heart rate monitor hit 200, did we slow down? No, we stopped looking at it. And when we got back to her house, I said, "You know, I have never been that hot. But I decided that I wasn't stopping no matter what. The only way I was stopping was if I fell over." And then she told me, "Yep. Me, too."
But I wasn't sure how to handle the heat. I never had chills. I didn't get dizzy. It was uncomfortable, but duh, of course it was! I guess I'm just wondering how far we can safely push it. I don't want to cop out early because I'm nervous. I really want to know my limits. But how close do you get to those limits before it's unsafe? I just don't know.... I think part of getting ready for this race is being tough mentally. So I really feel the need to push the envelope at times. Does anyone else ever feel like this?
The Pros of the run: our legs felt good, we could still talk most of the time, not too short of breath. The distance was not a problem.