A long run.... cut short

I am not sure what went wrong with today's long run. I ended up bailing for the most part on my run after about 4.5 miles. I had no energy left and I felt like I might overheat. Since I was running alone I couldn't risk collapsing.

Like I said, I am not sure what went wrong. I ate a good breakfast a couple hours before running and drank lots and lots of water all morning leading up to my run since I knew it was hot and the sun was really hot. I drank a small glass of gatorade before walking out the door to run as well. I carried a small gatorade and a water bottle with me.

I had a good bit of hills in my first 4 miles, but most of which I do when I run my long run. I didn't drink anything till I was about 4 miles in but was drenched in sweat. I usually don't carry a drink in the morning when running up to 5 miles so I really didn't think I needed it. Once I started feeling bad I started to drink a bit of water and then drank the whole gatorade (small sport size) but I think it must have been too little too late.

I walked a good bit in the next three miles, but tried to get in a little bit of running as well. I did decide I would run the last mile home if I could and was able to and it didn't feel too bad. I was absolutely exhausted when I finished though.

The only thing I can think is that because of the heat and the hot sun I should have continued to hydrate early on in the run, instead I waited too long and I couldn't recover fast enough.

Mile 1 - 9:25
Mile 2 - 9:25
Mile 3 - 9:16
Mile 4 - 9:31
Mile 5 - 10:17
Mile 6 - 11:44
Mile 7 - 12:40
Mile 8 - 9:06

As logged on my running log over at RunningAhead

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  1. Don't sweat it (no pun intended). You did the right thing by not forcing it the whole run. I'm not a good "heat runner" myself and tend to overheat pretty easily. I just try to hydrate the day before a long, hot run and slow my pace a bit. Good luck w/your training!

  2. Thanks Colin - I feel a little bad, but I am already getting over it a bit. I hate it when I could have done better if I would have planned a bit better.... but that is how we learn. The last long run in heat for me was almost a year ago because of my injury at the beginning of last summer so there will have to be some tweaking.


  3. Seriously, some days just suck. I've had days where I have endless amount of energy and feel awesome and the next, it's like I'm a different person. So weird sometimes.