I knew I had set out way too late for my run this a.m. (8:45 to be exact). The weather was already pretty hot and the sun was blazing! I figured I’d go with the goal of doing at least 5 miles and see how I felt from there. I will also point out that I’m getting progressively slower and it’s really starting to peeve me!
Anyway… I happily jogged along my usual route while making sure to sip my ice water after every mile or so (I started increasing my fluid intake after about the 3rd mile — it was getting HOT). At about mile 4.5 it was really toasty outside and I felt myself burning up. So what’s a runner to do? Well….you happily ask the man watering his lawn to squirt you with the hose 🙂 It went something like this:
- ME: “can you do me a HUGE favor?”
- Guy: “Sure, what’s up?”
- ME: “can you spray me with your hose?”
- Guy: “are you sure??”
- ME: “YES!!!!”
- ::Insert a happy Dana getting sprayed::
- ME: “THANK YOU!!!!!”
I’m sure the man thought I was nuts but damn that felt good!!! I also asked another woman who was washing her car to spray me a mile later and then ran through someone’s sprinklers as well. I didn’t care … it was hot and it felt great!!! At mile 6.5 I stopped home because I had ran out of water and I was hot again – I ran inside, drank some water, wet a towel and zipped back out the door for the .66 miles around my development (I just wasn’t happy with 6.5!) I was actually feeling pretty decent (aside from the heat) and if it wasn’t so steamy out, I would’ve definitely complete a couple more miles.
Note to self: set alarm clock even though you don’t want to on weekends when you plan on completing a long run in the summer.