The rest of Saturday was spent hanging with Hubs and running errands. You know, Saturday stuff. We did manage to make a trip to Chick Fil-A after we bought a new toilet seat at Lowes. (I know, we live the high life) I sucked down a large sweet tea before remembering that I was going to try to hold off the sugar in favor of water for the rest of the day. Oops.
This morning was 16 miles. And it was already 82 at 5 am. Ah, Texas summer, why are you so abusive? I actually felt great most of the run, maybe it was my new pink Mizunos. I stayed at the head of the group until about mile 13. I hung back with another runner who needed to walk. I'm just super courteous that way. Ha ha. Any excuse to rest a bit. The sun was blaring. The words they used on the news were "Severe and searing heat advisory." Uh, scary. I was good about drinking water at each stop and even drizzled water on my head. But I was so dang thirsty. Even after I'd had a few cups my mouth was still parched. I powered on, reciting my verse from the book of Hebrews, "Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us."
I was hot, but so was everyone else. I was tired, but duh, I'd already run 15 miles and it was fast approaching 90. And then I noticed I was not just in the back of the pack...I was quite a bit behind everyone. How did that happen? Still so thirsty, I looked down and noticed I wasn't sweating anymore. In fact, I had goosebumps and was starting to shiver.
That's not good.
I called out to my coach and informed her that I needed water and told her what was going on. She got me into the shade, found some sports drink for me and made me sit down. And then informed me that I would be walking back. I protested, exclaiming that is was "Only a mile!" And she quickly retorted, "Is it really worth only a mile?" She was right. A girl shouldn't be shivering in 90 degree heat. Not a girl who has been running for 3 hours.
So I slowly moped my way back to the store, cutting a half mile off my planned 16. I got plenty of water, sat in the a/c, stretched and tried not to be upset. I didn't do anything wrong. It wasn't my fault. I didn't fail. It's hot, I got overheated and I did the right thing by stopping.
So be careful y'all. Make sure you try to run in the shady areas when possible. Drink, drink, drink. Don't wear a hat, wear a visor; it lets the heat escape. Wear light colored clothing. And by all means, listen to your body. When it says stop, stop!