Well, I did it. I got that twelve miler in yesterday late afternoon.
Here’s how I survived the heat and humidity….
– two changes of shirt
– two bottles of gatorade
– three sweat buffs
-plenty of Body Glide (love this product!)
-1 hour cool down followed by a cold shower
-relaxing on the couch for three hours
How do I feel today? Contrary to how I thought I would feel, I woke up feeling fully recovered. That’s what training will do for you. I thought I was going to die, but I didn’t. Persistence in training works. Follow the plan. Try to be smart about when you run, and how you run and survive it. Give your body the rest it needs to recover, and by all means stay hydrated. That is key!
So I feel good about the next long run already. Training for a BQ attempt sure is different from regular training. I know what’s at stake, and it keeps me more focused and positively impacts my routine. I know I need to put in more work than ever before, so if I don’t, my BQ attempt will be lackluster, and I don’t want that. I want to be ready on race day. If that means sucking it up on really hot days, the that is what it means. Boston doesn’t come cheap. Especially for an aging dude that’s not in 100% good physical shape. I don’t always watch my diet, and I should. I have to keep focused on the prize. Eyes on the prize, as they say.
As you step out the door during the dog days of Summer, remember that goal race. Use that goal to get you moving. Use that goal to better yourself, however or whatever that means to you. Best of luck out there on the road. As for me? Two more long runs prior to Big Cottonwood. An 18 and a 20 miler. That’s all that’s left. Well, that and about 100 other training miles between now and September 13th.