Today was my 10-miler, and the SoCal heat wave had me really concerned that it would get too hot before we finished. The Team in Training coach hasn't wanted to move up our start time, and it was already 78 degrees when we started. I know that doesn't seem hot to those of you who routinely run in temps pushing 100, but that's well above my comfort zone.
I'd planned to try out a new run/walk interval today, but with the heat I decided just to play it safe with the pace I've trained at up to now. I drained one of my two 22oz water bottles by the time I hit the water station at mile 2.5, so refilled it with Gatorade and kept going. I was solid for the first six miles - ran every interval, didn't skip, didn't slow up. I was hitting my 15-minute miles (again, you have your goals, I have mine) consistently, and was feeling relatively OK despite sweating more than I think I've even sweat before.
THEN the giant light bulb in the sky burned through the scant marine layer we started out with, plus we were running along a riverbank with no shade to be had. When I got to the water station at mile 6 it was 85 degrees, and several of the TnT mentors and veterans recommended that we walk the rest of the way. I refilled both of my now-empty bottles, and we kept going.
There was another water stop at mile 7.5, and I refilled both bottles again. I am SO glad I grabbed two bottles today. We debated quitting when we got back to the start at mile 9, but decided to do the one-mile out-and-back to finish our mileage.
It was 89 degrees by the time we finished. I drained two more bottles of water when we got back. By my count, including what I drank on the way to training, that was 180 ounces of water - and I am still feeling dehydrated.
I'm of two minds about today. I know DL starts 90 minutes earlier than we did today, so it shouldn't be this hot this early. And I know the coaches told us before we even started, and the mentors and veterans reiterated while we were out there, that today's focus was mileage, not time. BUT it was still frustrating to come in over time because we did the last four miles so slowly.
Oh well. I KNOW I *can* do it, so now I just need to hope the weather cooperates so I can do it without melting.