Today was my last long run before next Saturday's Indy Half Marathon. I was able to fit in all my long runs over the past 12 weeks with the exception of 2 (83%, not as high as my ego would have liked, but it'll have to do). While I wish I could report that today's run went great, that wasn't the case. It was actually the second hardest run that I've done, the hardest came several weeks ago when the temps hit the 90's as I ran in the heat of the day. Today, the heat got the best of me once again. I departed for my run as the temps began to climb into the upper 70's, and peaked in the low 80's. The route I chose has several rolling hills along with a 2-3 mile stretch of false-flat, so it wasn't an easy run by any means.
My pace to the half way point felt pretty solid, though I could feel the heat beginning to take it's toll. Within a couple miles I was forced to incorporate a couple walking segments to avoid hurling. Playing it as smart as I could, I power walked a couple of the hills and ran in the shade when I could find it. I also continued to pour water into my hat, and then douse it on my head, in an attempt to dissipate some heat. While I was all helpful, I just couldn't stay cool enough to allow a running effort the whole way. No excuses! Believe me, walking was not an excuse, it was either that or suffer from heat exhaustion. The early signs were there: chills, stomach cramps, slight dizziness, etc., so I decided that today was no time to be a hero; check the ego at the door and walk as needed.
So, today's run was my longest thus far - 1 hour 59 minutes. I'm praying for cooler weather on race day!
I'll be blogging over the next couple days, don't want to break my streak, though we are leaving tonight for Vincennes. Going home to visit family and to spend some quality time with our new Grand-Daughter, Karis.