The Saturday after our last TNAM meetup, I met my new friend Jane for a morning run. She lives right in my neighborhood and we've been in both Catch the Wave and Heat Wave groups together. We hit the Trail with a plan of running 6-minute intervals, walking 1-2 minutes, and running another 6. We jog/ walked about 4 miles that morning, but I was chattering away like a silly girl half the time, and we ended up walking quite a bit more than planned. It was great to have a chance to get to know each other better. I really enjoyed having a one-on-one partner to run with - quite a change from my normal solo runs. It's funny, even with the groups, because I bring the dog with me, I'm often running a bit behind or ahead of others to make sure Coty stays out of the way of the other runners. It was a great run, and I'm looking forward to doing it again some time soon.
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The Monday following, we met again for our weekly Heat Wave group. I know I've mentioned the radical heat wave we've actually been experiencing here, and this day was pretty extreme. The high had been 103. At 5:30pm, I parked the car at the park where we meet up, and just before I got out, the radio announcer said the current temp was 98. He was about to advise the Heat Index (how hot it "feels") but I decided I just really didn't want to know!! I wanted to get out there with my girls and get going before I changed my mind!
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I had a really tough run that night. Even Coty seemed to be struggling a little (not running ahead much, keeping pretty close, etc.) but MAN, I was really BEAT! I did have a water bottle with me, but couldn't keep up with the planned intervals (just a 4-5 minute interval). Looking back, I realized I hadn't had enough water during the day at work, and had maybe not eaten enough at lunch either. The heat was really brutal and I was struggling, big time. Jane stayed back with me for about half the time, but I could tell I was slowing her down and told her to feel free to go on ahead. The group leader caught up with me at the turn-around point and stuck with me till we got back to the park. That was seriously one of the toughest runs of my life... and it was only 2 miles!! Took me about a 1/2 hour to do that much. Really, REALLY tough night.
I learned my lesson, though, from that night's bad run. Wednesday would be July 4, and I was registered for the Park 2 Park 5-mile race here in town, and the temperatures were NOT going to let up before the race. I spent all day at work Tuesday drinking water, water, and MORE WATER! Tuesday night, since we both had the next few days off of work, Jason and I headed to our favorite local bar for dinner. I had two beers and 3 gigantic glasses of ice water, and a cheeseburger. Headed home to bed early and set the alarm for 5:45am. Jane was picking me up to drive to the race together.