Dehydrated – 13.06 Miles
The view from the Venice Beach Boardwalk was awesome.
But don’t let the awesome view fool you for the rising temperature. It is certainly cooler by the beach. But toward 12 and 13 mile marks, which is about 4 miles away from the beach, it got too hot for me, and I had to cut it short. Disappointing. Very.
My plan was to run 18 miles. And I began my run at a slower pace, seriously keeping it a lot slower than usual, considering the whole 18 miles would be a lot to cover and that I didn’t want to be exhausted at the end. Although part of me was a bit worried about the heat in the later part of the morning, I didn’t think it was going to be this hot (or hot enough for runners), not thinking about how much I actually sweat. I checked the temperature when done, and it was 73 degrees. Of course, it isn’t really hot (and as of writing this post, it is 79 degrees), but I could tell that my body was definitely exhausting energy a lot faster by running in the sun at a higher temperature.
Especially on my way back it is a very gradual and yet 71 feet elevation gain uphill stretch over 40 minutes. With the sun with no clouds I was getting dehydrated a lot faster than I imagined, which resulted in making frequent stops to drink fluid.
Based on how dehydrated I got on the last long run with not much of fluid, this time I brought about 50 oz. of Gatorade, divided in a tall bottle and 4 flasks). I drank the tall bottle and 2 flasks of Gatorade by the time I decided to cut it short. But I was so thirsty, I finished the remaining flasks at the spot. And it still didn’t help get rid of the thirst. So, when I got home, I drank a whole lot more.
In terms of energy gels, I took a different approach this time. I brought Pocket Fuel, Clif Shot and Gu Energy Gel with me and took them every half hour, starting with the Pocket Fuel. It is something that I adapted from one of the hardcore trail runners’ Dos and Don’ts, and I think he had a point on taking the energy boosters early and frequently.
The Pocket Fuel was still too dry and thick to swallow, so I distributed the intakes in small portions throughout the first hour (one good thing about having a cap) and finished the Gu Energy Gel just after 1:30 mark (while saving the last packet for the last half hour thinking that I would run the whole 18 miles).
I think that it worked better this time in terms of sustaining the energy level. Only problem was that I couldn’t benefit from it a whole lot more for the last half hour due to the fact that I was getting dehydrated too quickly.
Overall, it is a rather disappointing run, but the lesson I learned today is that I will have to be a lot more diligent about my training. 5 weeks left. I hope today’s mistake helps me prepared better for the race day.
How did your run go today? Hope you didn’t make any mistakes of running later in the heat like I did.
Thank you for reading.