Running in Florida in the Summer, for lack of a better word SUCKS. I have certainly been struggling through what is the beginning of my summer training. Getting your runs in around the daily pop-up thunderstorms and constant heat and humidity has made me feel like giving up a lot of days, BUT I cannot because I have a full schedule ahead for the fall.
At the beginning of June I challenged my fellow FitFluential sister Natalie to a 100 miles to keep myself accountable to get through my training. This week, with just 10 days left in the month, I find myself 61 miles shy of my goal. But I WON’T give up on still trying to make it. Pushing past my edge of comfort will pay off and I will continue to use proper recovery techniques during this time of high mileage and I look forward to pushing through the month of July, but maybe not setting such super high expectations.
What I have learned in the last 20 days is that you have to literally make yourself get up and get out there. No one will do the miles for you. You must practice smart running techniques. If you know you cannot run in the heat you must alter your training times to accommodate cooler times of the day. I have found that running first thing in the morning at 5:30 works really well for me and that way I am not struggling to outrun the rain or missing my training run all together.
I have learned that I suffer from dehydration. I suffer from headaches daily, and I know that they are caused by dehydration. I drink water all day long, but running in the heat and sweating profusely has shown me that my hydration techniques just are not cutting it! I have even tried the hydration mixes, etc. and they make me feel sick to my stomach. Hydration is certainly something I will have to continue to work on for the next few months.
Sporting cooler clothes has helped tremendously the past month. I am really not a tank top fan, but I have to say those tanks I invested in late spring have certainly earned their keep. I am not an exposed tummy kinda runner, but I have recently considered it. I don’t think I would have finished several runs if I had a full performance t-shirt on. I sweat LIKE A PIG when I run, like just stepped out of the shower looking sweat!
Keeping my eating in check has also helped a lot. Days that I know I will run I try to make sure I include more complex carbohydrates in my food intake. I still try to shy away from the grains and legumes because I know that they don’t agree with my tummy, but I am realistic in that some days I really do need those to help fuel me through my run.
I will keep pushing through and report back on how I did at the end of the month. In the mean time, I want to hear from you! What have you been struggling with through these early stages of Summer Training?