We did not travel to Texas for heat training. We came out to visit family. But just simply standing, or sitting outdoors, I breakout in a sweat it’s so dang hot out here. When I wake at about 7:00 AM, it’s already over 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27C). By late morning, it’s triple digits until about 8 PM. Then it’s in the 90’s for the rest of the night. See. Perfect for heat training.
I know for many runners that running in 83 degree weather is not much. But for me, a heat sensitive gal who runs mainly in the coastal hills of California, heat is a big problem. I never begin a run in 80 plus degree temperatures back home, and one with little shade at that.
I took it nice and easy today, running through the ranch fields first. Thousands, I mean literally thousands of grasshoppers flew and hopped out of my way as I made through the grass and virtually everywhere else that I ran. There were little ones, yellow ones, brown and red-striped ones, giant brown ones. And they’d fly into my legs, sometimes my arms. And when the big ones hit my hand, I’d have a little “freak-out” moment. The big grasshoppers were about four inches, the smallest about an inch. A truly amazing sight. The only way to avoid the critters was to run directly in the middle of the country roads. (Which I did not do often)
I started off slow and ended slow today (slower than usual). I also carried a thermometer and took my temperature regularly. Through out the 8 miles, my temperature increased a maximum of 1 degree, but only for a short while. It mainly increased from .2 to .5 degrees in this heat. And I was able to quickly bring it back down by drinking fluids. I also noticed that my temp came down quickly when I ran through shade. I plan to take my temperature regularly as I train in the heat while I’m here. I’m not sure what I’ll discover. Mainly, I just want to be aware of my body and know what if feels like when its overheating so I don’t do a repeat of my little heat exhaustion drop out from Bulldog last year.
Pretty flowers everywhere, even though this part of Texas is in a terrible drought.
8.02 miles (12.9 km) run today. I drank my entire 64 fluid ounces of water and one small bottle of gatorade – this amount of fluids is unheard of for me back home for this distance of a run. I barely drink this much on a 15 mile run back home.
Back at the ranch, I was giddy that I got in my first heat training run. Then I crashed hard and fell asleep before heading off to the water park in town.