Saturday, September 15, 2012

Freakishly Hot Marathon Training

So... my apartment is a sauna.  I have sweat trickling down my leg as I type this.  San Diego is experiencing a crazy heat wave.  This is extremely rare.  Whenever family or friends visit us in San Diego, they are surprised by how "chilly" it is.  I think everyone expects it to be tropical here.  But that is the beauty of San Diego.  It is never too hot and never too cold.  Until now.

I checked the weather situation last night to plan my 16 mile run in the morning.  Mind you, I almost never wake up before the 6 o'clock hour.  I usually don't even run until 9am on weekends.  I'm just not a morning person.  But when I realized it was going to be almost 90 degrees by 10am, I kind of freaked out.  I went to bed early but couldn't sleep because of the hellish heat.  I put an ice-pack in my pillow case and one on my stomach.  It didn't help much.
Side note: I should mention that it is official!  I signed up for the Santa Barbara International Marathon.  Thanks to Striding Mom, I only paid $78 with a Schwaggle deal and saved $72!  The universe is telling me it's all meant to be! 
I had a restless night of sleep but guess who woke up at 5:30 am?  THIS GIRL!  Don't scoff.  I know you probably do this on a daily basis, but for me this is quite the feat.  I was out the door by 6am to drive up to north county for a coastal run.   Ang and I have been running on the beach as much as possible because the ocean is basically a free A/C unit (something we clearly don't have).

Weekday Beach Run

Ang runs barefoot.  I tried out my Brooks Cascadias.  Love them!

I was so excited to be up and out so early that I wanted to yell at every runner I passed, "Look at us! We're so awesome for running right now!"  I refrained.  Everyone is super friendly in the morning, and I got waves, smiles and "good mornings" from almost every person.  I even got a high five from a dude on a skate board.

That excitement eventually turned to groveling.  There must have been some sort of training run this morning and my peaceful run turned into a fight over space on the shoulder of the road.  Okay, not a fight per se.  But I had to maneuver my way around group after group to stay out of the way of cyclists and cars.  I love seeing other runners and I swear I am not a grumpy old lady -- I just really love the solitude of running.  That's all.

I finished up this HOT run and made my way into the ocean.  There is truly no better way to end a run than to submerge your tired, achy muscles in the freezing cold Pacific.  It is heavenly.  I followed my run up with an acai bowl from Swami's Cafe, who so kindly let me use their bathroom and gave me water at mile 4.  Thanks, Swami's!

Not a bad place to end a run.

I forgot my headphones for this run which wasn't a huge deal because I don't often run with music; however, when running for 2+ hours alone, it can be nice to have a little "company."  It turned out for the best as it took some mental focus to finish the run because the heat was sucking everything out of me.  It probably didn't help that I didn't take in any calories while running, but I had a Nuun tablet at mile 12.

Do you long-run with or without music? 
 If I'm alone on a long run, I like to have music, an audio book, or podcasts.  Today's run was great though!  It gave me a ton of time to think.  

With a partner or solo?
If Angela is training for a marathon, she will join me.  But lately I've been on my own.

How do you fuel during long runs?
I usually have a few Clif Bloks but didn't feel the need for any food this time around.  This may have been due to the heat.

And now for some dog photos because I am clearly obsessed.  Here's Holly after taking a swim at the Del Mar dog beach.

I love doggie kisses!

We went to the U.S. Women's Soccer game in LA today.  They won.  More on that later.  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!


  1. Holly is such a cutie. Love her!

    We had our cross country meet in San Diego. It was crazy. They had a crew of about 10 paramedics working and they were busy the whole time (we even had a girl go down who ended up at the hospital). They cut the course down to 2 miles instead of three and still there were problems. We were a little cocky going in, being from the desert, but it was brutal. We took the team to Moonlight Beach after the meet, but that wasn't much relief, it was still in the 90s at 5 pm! I've never seen it that hot in San Diego in mid-September.

    Glad you made it through your run safe and sound. Nice to have the ocean to dip into when you're done.

  2. There is nothing better than a jump in the ocean after a long run. I try to do as many of them as close to the water as possible for this very reason. And I just got my first pair of Brooks this week *gasp*. I feel like I'm cheating on New Balance, but I am so loving the Pure Connects. That said, I should probably actually...I don't in them ;) before I make up my mind.

  3. Sounds about perfect to me, especially the ocean dip at the end! So nice.

    I always run my long ones with my friends--Sat. mornings are my favorite time of the week!

  4. What a great weekend - and I know getting up early is a challenge but woot girl - you did it!

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous beaches. I am jealous!

  5. That heat wave without AC would be torture. I was in San Clemente last month with family and the weather was perfect as usual, a nice break from the weather in Houston. I prefer to run without music on long runs - I just like the time to think.

  6. Hi Kate! I fell out of the blog-reading world for awhile, but it's good to be back. I've heard about the heat in SD, that is crazy! I wouldn't trade the heat here in Houston for Chicago winters again, but it does require me to get up insanely early to exercise, so I know what you mean. While I love exercise, I've never been a runner, but just signed up for my first 1/2! Training started last Saturday. So far, I found it much more enjoyable being with a group. Through this experience, I hope to find a love for running that you, and so many others, have :)

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