After reading Chelsie’s blog about rookie running mistakes earlier today, I apparently felt the need to go out and make some of my very own!
Because weather.com told me that it would be overcast with a chance of thunderstorms all day, I decided to hold off on my run until this afternoon when the chance of thunderstorms would be over, but it would supposedly still be overcast. Nice running weather.
Mistake #1: Instead of being overcast and cooler, it was hot, sticky, and humid. I felt like I was sucking soup instead of air. Cute, right? Definitely should have stuck with the morning run.
Mistake #2: I didn’t properly hydrate before or during my run. I need to start remembering to keep a few dollars on my while I run so that I can stop at a gas station for a Powerade if need be. I was planning on 4 miles, but stopped at 3.5 because I was so dehydrated that I started feeling sick.
Mistake #3: I went off on my run like a rocket, so I absolutely died on the second half. I pride myself on being able to run four miles; it was a huge accomplishment for me the first time I did it. By going out so hard, I crashed on my second loop and had to walk quite a bit in the second half.
All in all, I’m using this run as a big learning experience. Hydrate, start slower than I think I need to, and stick to the game plan.
The run took me from raring to go…
to a hot mess.
Yes, those are rivers of sweat on my shins.
I’m going to try another 3.5 miles tomorrow (morning) so that I can still hit close to my mileage for the week.
In other news…who knows what tomorrow is?
UGA football. Oh, yes.