Week 2 – Marathon training
Good week of training this week, did three strength sessions, two 8km runs and one 12km run. Missed out on interval training again though.
Interval training for me is like going to the dentist, I know I should go regularly but I really can’t stand it. It has something to do with running so hard and fast, your lungs are bursting, then the nausea hits, followed by the taste of vomit in the back of your throat. It’s that bit I don’t like… don’t know why…
Hot ‘n hilly
Just doing my normal runs this week was so hard just because of the extreme heat. I ran one of my runs with the Life Fit runners at 5.30pm and it was still thirty degrees!! It felt like running through soup. It didn’t help that one of my running buddies decided to set a crackin’ pace of sub 5min/km for the first two kms – thanks Ant!!
It also didn’t help that the run was incredibly hilly (have I mentioned how hilly Kiama is?) It is nearly impossible to run any distance in Kiama without coming across a hill. I am not talking about a slight incline either, our run had an elevation of 108 meters, that’s the equivalent of a 32 story building!
We are so used to running hills that when the Life Fit runners ran City to Surf last year we didn’t notice Heartbreak Hill. Seriously, we finished the race asking, “Where was Heartbreak Hill?”
Running in heat
The heat this week was a timely reminder of the importance of drinking plenty of water to keep hydrated.
Signs you may be dehydrated
1. Dry mouth and lips
3. Dizziness and confusion
4. Dark coloured urine, (it should be pale coloured)
5. Turgor (elasticity) of the skin – Pinch the skin on the back of your hand for a few seconds then let go. The skin should quickly return to normal but if it takes a while to resolve then you are very dehydrated.
Five Tips on how to stay Hydrated
Check out this article on how to stay hydrated while running in excessive heat, http://www.runnersworld.com/drinks-hydration/stay-hydrated-on-a-hot-run
But ultimately the best way to cool off after a run is what my running group did - jump in Kiama Rock Pool!!!