This weekend’s 15 mile run was hot. The minute I stepped outside I knew it was going to be a sticky, soupy, sweaty run. I wanted to cut the run short many times, trying to convince myself that it would be OK if I didn’t get in the full 15. Here are some things that didn’t let that happen:
1. Preston and Steve. WMMR’s famed morning radio talk show may not be for everyone. Call me immature, but I sometimes find myself laughing aloud when I listen to a P&S podcast on a run. Sure, it may be a little embarrassing when I’m around other runners, but sometimes listening to their interviews and wacky impressions keep me more entertained than music.
2. These babies.
Strategically located at mile 5, and then mile 10 once I turned around, the water fountains were a life-saver. It meant I could fill up my fuel belt several times, rather than conserving my water Aron Ralston style.
3. The Punk Kid Working at Subway. I seriously needed some sugar. The pierced teen with dyed hair smirked as I put my Powerade on the counter, dripping sweat all over the place as I pulled out two ones out of my plastic baggie. But instead of the usual condescending, “It’s a little hot to be running, isn’t it?” (I HATE when people say that), he said,
“Sweet water belt. I don’t think I could run when it’s this hot out. You’re pretty hard core.”
His punk appearance hid his friendly nature well. After a brief exchange, I paid and he wished me a pleasant end to my run. A don’t-judge-a-book-by-its-cover moment.
4. Dinner Plans. I fully intend on blogging about the awesome dinner Mr. Dish and I had that night with friends. Food always tastes more delicious after a long, hard run.
5. I didn’t know that it was THIS hot out:
Watching the clock is bad enough, but watching the thermometer is even worse. I knew it was hot enough that I needed constant hydration. That was good enough for me. I didn’t look at the temperature until I got home.
As always, when I returned back to my air conditioned haven, I felt like a boss. I didn’t turn around early. I slowed my pace and got all 15 miles in safely.
What gets you through a tough long run?