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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

An Early 4

This morning, I wanted to get a mid-week long-ish run in, so I got up at 5 am in order to try and beat the heat and get 8 miles in. I got up, had half a piece of toast with peanut butter and some honey and a cup of coffee -- I mention this b/c I think it plays a role later on -- then I got dressed and headed out the door around 5:45.

Even though it was dark and certainly cooler b/c of the dark and the early hour, it was still 81% humidity out there and the air felt thick and hazy. As I started out, my breakfast felt a little heavy in my tummy, but I figured it would settle out within a mile; besides, this is a regular pre-run breakfast for me, so the tummy is used to either this exact combo or something similiar to it. But as the run continued, I started to feel worse and worse. I don't know if it's cuz I was so hot (sweat was just sitting on me), or if I didn't digest fully, but at mile 2, I literally thought I was gonna blow chow.

I stopped there for moment, and leaned down -- face towards the grass in case I barfed -- and took a few deep breaths. I haven't felt nauseous on a run in over a year (back then, stomach issues were the order of the day, but my tummy toughened up and I haven't felt sick during or after a run in quite some time), so this was odd. While I rested for a moment and let my nausea pass, I decided to turn around and do 4 miles instead of the intended 8.

Halfway back, I again had to walk b/c my stomach felt queasy, but then I resumed running and was able to round out the 4. Sucks, but I'm not gonna beat myself up over it. I'll adjust accordingly and perhaps tomorrow I will eat and drink differently before the run, and, maybe, just maybe, it will be slightly cooler too.

17 comments:

teacherwoman said...

Since this is a usual pre-run breakfast, I am thinking it was definitely the heat and humidity. It was hard on your body. Good job on the 4... it was all with good intentions... look you were up before 6am!!

Marcy said...

I was going to say the same thing as teacherwoman. I don't know how the heck anyone can drink coffee and then run? LOL What do you have a stomach of steel or something? How long did you wait after you ate to start running?

At least you got 4 in!! ;D This chick would've been turning back after the puke fest.

David said...

Yeah, I'll 3rd the temps as the likely culprit. If you were to do it all over again, I would recommend either waiting an additional 30 min, or either skip or reduce the PB, since it's not going to be much for fuel and is harder digested. Good job on the 4, and thanks for all the kind words.

scott keeps running said...

i don't agree with anyone. what's your sign? i think it had something to do with the stars. are you a big nicole ritchie fan?

Wes said...

I cut my run short last night too. The heat and humidity was unbearable.

ws said...

I vote for blaming the coffee. I usually wait around 30-45 minutes after eating...

I'm absolutely convinced the humidity is a little worse pre-sunrise, but it is better than the heat later on in the day.

Hope you are feeling better...

Running by.... said...

You can't beat yourself up for that. You got out there--it's just that your body wasn't up for it.

Erin said...

Maybe you're pregnant! Just kidding.

I think your body was just shocked you were up so darn early on your week off. Way to go for getting up and trying it.

J~mom said...

Oohhh maybe you are pregnant!! ;>) Hope you are feeling better now!

David said...

You're pregnant? Congratulations! Your mom will be so happy, and no more of those "talks". ;-)

brunettechicagogal said...

I dunno...it was morning, you were nauseated...morning nausea...morning sickness?

Oh, I see other commenters have beaten me to the punch.

I'm sure it was the humidity. Our bodies do not like to be overheated. Take it easy!

Tom said...

Maybe you're just a puke-one-day-a-year sort of girl and it's over until next year...

Marcy said...

ROFLMAO HAHAHAHAAA I'm changing my vote!! I'm with Erin on the pregnancy!! Morning sickness, it will get you every time!! Just wait til those boobies start hurting :P

Nicole said...

We all have those days. Good effort!

Ryan said...

We made pasta tonight and used 'Preggo' for the sauce. Coincidence? I think not.

Erin said...

For the record....I only said that to get Jess riled up, not everyone else! She is NOT pregnant, just hot and affected by humidity! :)

Randy said...

I'll vote for the humidity and the heat...been there, seen the results...on another running partner...but I too have to question how someone can run right after drinking coffee...my system couldn't take that...but at the end of the run after I've cooled down some....now give me the cuppa....