Monday, July 04, 2011

a hot 10 miles

Would you like to know what the best post-run treat ever is?
And not just the regular ones- the "Extreme Firecracker" (so the big one that you get at the convenience store). Sure, they are full of corn syrup and they dye your fingers, teeth, and tongue blue (and maybe a part of the dog that lives next door when it comes to say hello and a little drip gets on a white patch on her fur)...but after running 10 miles in the heat, there's nothing more delicious and satisfying than the Popsicle you've been thinking about since mile 4.

It was a tough, tough 10 miles. The heat was more intense than we thought it would be, the water went down faster than we though it would, and the sun was a bit relentless. The only thing that felt better than I thought they would were my legs! Sure they were tired by the end of the run, but I didn't want to stop running because my legs were tired, I wanted to stop running because it was hot and "all over" tired. That was surprising to me- my longest run since the half marathon on May 29th had been 7 miles. So that definitely felt like a win!

The heat? Not so much of a win, but the Firecracker made it worth it. (and speaking of red white and blue- Happy 4th of July to the Americans out there!)

What gets you through the hot long runs? Any favourite post run treats?


Heather said...

I think seine of my hottest runs have been in Ottawa. Humidity is the worst.

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

Great run! Treats like that are what makes running in the heat worth it!

kristen said...

Honestly, we rearely have *hot* runs. Particularly if you get out early enough. We melt in the sun over here :)

Glad to hear you gutted out the miles and rewarded yourself with the popsicle! Good for you! Totally deserved.