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!