Hello from Florida! I knew I was not going to have time/liquid in my body to run 20 miles in ‘one go’ so I planned to do a back to back long run while I’m here. (Two longish runs on consecutive days, but not as long as a standard LR for the distance.)
So, yesterday I did 15 and today I made it to 14. Eh. It wasn’t a great run, but it was 89 degrees and 70% humidity. CRAZY. Only crazy people run in this weather. And I am one of them. Admitting it is the first step.
I was dripping sweat so hard my feet were squishing water sweat out of my shoes. Do you follow RunEatRepeat on Instagram? Because you can enjoy the squishing noises there. You’re welcome.
Today on my run I saw my first alligator in the wild too! Added bonus of the torture! There was a baby alligator in this water here:
So, 14 miles in the Florida heat…
I am not going to complain about the distance or weather, I know it’s part of the deal. But, for .06 seconds I was disappointed in myself for a so-so run.
Then, I remembered my favorite quote from Deena Kastor in Spirit of the Marathon. It’s the best marathon movie ever! Super inspiring. Watch it if you’re a training for a race.
Anyway. In the movie, Deena Kastor (who I am super tight with because we met in Maine, no big) was training for Chicago up in Mammoth Lakes, CA and it was super windy. She said that would be her worst nightmare if the weather was windy on race day but, “Can’t say I didn’t train in it!”
Race day might be HOT or rainy or windy or cold or monsoon-y.
So, you have to do your best during training to roll with it. Yes, make allowances if the weather is extreme. Yes, cut yourself some slack on pace in extreme heat or cold or if you’re not feeling great. I know it sucked for me today and I didn’t keep a good pace.
But, give yourself credit for training in it.
Sleep a little sounder knowing you are ready for anything on race day.
This reminds me of this old Nike ad I love:
Then, reward yourself with Nutella on your oatmeal. I did.
And celebrated with champagne.
And we enjoyed some gator bites and nachos at the bar. Yes, I feel bad eating lil gator’s family. But, there’s a 50-50 chance it was really just salty chicken.
Spirit of the Marathon – you can watch the movie on Hulu here for free!
Question: What would be your WORST NIGHTMARE on race day – Heat, Cold, Wind, Other?!?