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That was SCARY!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Today's run was a practice 5K after a mile warmup. I joined my 'new' MWF group of runners, though, as I've mentioned...I'm slower than them so I really run alone! Our path today was around the RiverWalk which is 3 miles & then a mile around a big block. I told them I get lost easily & am not from around this part of Houston & the coach said she'd check on me.

Well, the warmup mile was fine. But, then the first 2 miles of the 5K were almost entirely in the SUN!!! And, it is almost 90 degrees! (It was 91 when I finished.) I had 20 ounces of water, but I was suffering after the first 1.5 miles. And, I realized I was hardly sweating. My cap is usually dripping off the edge, and it felt dry! My forehead felt sweaty, but my arms just looked kind of damp...no sweat rolling down them like usual. This worried me a little!

After 2 miles, I got off the RiverWalk & into the 'unknown' last mile where I was supposed to take 3 lefts. FINALLY, some shade! But, after 1/2 mile I turned into the sun. Now, I was REALLY wanting to just turn around & go back. But, I remembered my coach said she'd check on me. (She had at about .8 miles into my warmup, but I expected to see her again.) And, I figured that if I didn't get back soon they'd be out looking for me...so into the sunshine I ran!

Well, I turned left the first time & then I couldn't figure out where to turn again. It just seemed like the road went on & on & on. I finally found a turn, and almost ran out in front of a truck! He had to honk. Yikes! I was wondering if I was starting to lose a little of my mental awareness & was I really getting some kind of heat sickness? Or was it just fear???

I was feeling really lost & getting scared. I had no idea where I was...& then I saw the Riverwalk...though I wasn't sure what part of it I was on. I remembered I had to cross over it. I kept running.

Anyway, I finally found the mall where we meet, though I had trouble finding the store. By this point, I was really surprised that my shirt wasn't all sweaty, my hair felt DRY instead of looking like I'd just jumped in the shower, and I was out of water. I was ready to cry.

I walked in the store & there was my group...doing yoga! (We had a free yoga clinic today.) I had ran in the sun afraid they'd be out searching for me, and they were doing yoga! I really have no idea if they were planning on searching for me in 'x minutes' or had just forgotten about me or if they figured I was fine. I was pretty upset, though. I gulped down a glass of ice water & filled it up again...and left.

In the car in the a/c, the sweat finally came. I drank a lot of water & then a Muscle Milk & felt much better.

I really do love this group, though I wasn't sure about them not looking for me. And, I know they were doing yoga, but no one acknowledged me when I came in. I've decided not to stick with the group right now for several reasons:
1. I'm just so much slower than them so I run by myself.
2. They run in areas I don't know & I have a big tendency to get lost.
3. I feel I put myself in more 'danger' trying to stay on the route instead of heading back to the shade.
4. They pick some really HOT & sunny routes, where I would stick to the shade.
5. The fact that they run on MWF means you HAVE to run on MWF or MWS. My usual schedule is a lot more flexible.
6. I was enjoying doing one run per week on the treadmill & felt it was good for my body. I wasn't planning on doing that if I ran with the group.
7. Although I enjoy running occasionally with a group, I love having the freedom to run when & where I choose!

**sigh** So, I'm glad today's run is over! And, I'm not sure I'm even looking forward to my 5K. It is also a LOT of sun and they don't start until 8 am. It's going to be HOT! I might be looking for a 2nd, cooler 5K for later!
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    Same trouble here. I've acknowledged the fact that I walk/run better by myself or with one other person rather than a group.

    When you get stronger and faster, maybe try again. Or go with CAROLCRC's suggestion. Couldn't hurt, right?

    Keep it up! emoticon
    3469 days ago
    I'm so sorry you had such a not so good experience. Sounds like you definitely had something going on with the heat there and maybe dehydration. I did a 5K last summer in horribly hot weather. I hadn't hydrated before the race. I was a new runner and it was only my second 5K. I finished the race freezing and all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball. I had no interest in walking or anything. I believe I was dehydrated and it was a not so fun feeling. I think you made the right choice about this running group. I don't think it was cool that they were doing yoga and had just left you behind. Sounds like the other group is probably a better experience for you. I hope your next training group run goes better!
    3469 days ago
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    Yikes, yeah, I think thats the right call.

    They can be nice and all, but I would have expected them to be a bit more worried about you.

    Has anyone contacted you? Might be too soon.
    If they do ask why you don't come back, I'd tell them....

    3469 days ago
    Yeah, sounds like you're making the right call by not running with that group for now. It's important that if you choose to run with a group, you find one that will be at your pace, and that you feel comfortable with. Your running group should become almost like your second family! I mean, you suffer together, share victories together, and almost literally have to trust each other with your well-being!!
    I'm glad you found your way back and were safe, I completely understand that feeling of fear cause I've been there!
    3469 days ago
    I am really glad that you are doing what is best for you. There is a lot to be said for being able to make your own schedule and run where you want to go, when you want to go. So glad you are okay!
    3470 days ago
    Experiences like this take all the fun out of running with a group. At least it would be comforting if one of the runners or the coach would come back and look for you regularly, or if someone stuck with you to make sure you were doing okay. And I don't know what's up with all the sunny routes. I would definitely consider running by yourself, if not for your own sanity, but also for the flexibility. Definitely make sure you are plenty hydrated before and during your next run!
    3470 days ago
    That has totally happened to me before when training with Team in Training! I'm glad you are enjoying your group!
    3470 days ago
    Shoot, I know I wouldn't stick with the group that made me feel that way! How horrible!
    Like you, I enjoy having my flexibility. I keep thinking I might want to find a group to run with but then I think - why?
    So sorry you had this experience!
    3470 days ago
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    I'm sorry you had such a bad experience. I agree that they were less than concerned. I hope your 5K goes well!
    3470 days ago
    I've been left behind by my group before, and it is an awful feeling especially if you are not sure of the route. Is there a running store in your area that has a beginner's group? Might be worth checking out, as there would be more runners at your pace and they are usually very good about making sure everyone finds their way back to the store.
    3470 days ago
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    That would be so scary! So glad you made it back okay. emoticon
    3470 days ago
  • MICHELE5551
    Glad you are OK. You definitely need to go with your instincts. Your safety is the most important thing and it doesn't sound like you felt safe.
    3470 days ago
    Well, I'm joining the chorus: although you can't know their motivations, their actions showed a lack of concern for you. What is the point of running with them? Sorry it was a less than stellar experience.
    3470 days ago
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    I'm with Speedydog on this one. They obviously do not try and help newbies into the group. You have done so well on your own and YOu know whats best for you. Find a good running buddy to challenge yourself if that is whats missing and forget these guys. Glad you were okay. Heat stroke is nothing to mess with.
    3470 days ago
    That is a good decision. That is scary that you almost got hit by a truck. There are too many stories of runners getting killed by vehicles. It sounds like these people are snobs, or at least self-absorbed.

    I run by myself. I go where I want to go. I run at my own pace. I don't keep to a rigid schedule.

    But that is just me.

    Thanks, Bruce
    3470 days ago
    I agree with your decision! My running coach used to back track and find me if he noticed i was lagging behind. He was amazing at making me feel good about myself even though i was the slowest one. Hang in there...that's the great thing about running groups, there's tons out there!
    3471 days ago
    I'm glad you are ok. I get lost very easily too. My husband jokes that I couldn't find my way out of a wet paper bag. It's pretty much true. I even get lost with the GPS. So if you don't feel safe with the group then don't run with them. But don't give up on your 5K...go out and enjoy the run.
    3471 days ago
    Yeah, your insticts are right I think. How horrible of them to not come looking for you or at least wait to see if you were coming. I would have had a hard time doing yoga knowing that someone from my "group" was still out there. I wouldn't have been able to feel grounded and would be worrying about the Karma involved in such an action. I would quit too. They don't deserve you :). Glad you did make it back safe and sound and that you got rehydrated quickly and nothing happened.
    3471 days ago
    First, I would say ditch the group. The coach is not a good coach or she would be checking on you a lot more often. If they failed to acknowledge you when you arrived, I would almost bet money that the coach would have left and gone home if you had not shown up.

    Now for the sweating. When I was younger I had a hard time breaking into a sweat and I often pushed until I did not feel well (too hot) before I would finally break into a sweat. I learned that when I was exercising and got very hot and was not sweating that all I needed to do was to stop and walk for a couple of minutes and then start exercising again and I would start sweating. Might try it...couldn't hurt. Keep up the good work, but find someone else to work with. emoticon
    3471 days ago
    Yuck! Sorry you had a not-so-great run. It was nice of the coach to check in on you, but I would have expected her to more than once, too. Especially since you didn't know the area. Jeesh. It is nice to run with a group from time to time, so keep an eye out for someone who runs the similar paces to you or for another group. Keep up the good work!
    3471 days ago
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    Glad you're OK - sounds like you have reasons not to join - so be happy about it! :)
    3471 days ago
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