I had my last run clinic before my big 8K race on Sunday. I'm super excited as this is what I've been training for since November. I started the Run Clinic on January 7th and 5 months later it is finally time to race.
I was a little nervous about what to do for tonight's run clinic. The schedule had us doing 10:2x3 and I just wasn't sure about that. I did the 8:2's last week, had a good run on Thursday night and then had a horrible run on Saturday and Tuesday. I went to clinic a little early so I could speak to Janet the head leader for us and she advised me to go on my own and do the 5:1's, but to do it on a route that I would at least see everyone else. I headed out with my usual group and stayed pretty close to them until my first walking interval, and then they were gone.
It was extremely warm out tonight a gorgeous 28(84) degrees. I haven't run in anything close to that warm yet and I have to be honest. I wasn't ready for it. I didn't have water with me, and I know that I didn't drink enough water during the day, just because of how busy I was, out of the office and in meetings when I was there. So that was not a good combination.
When I passed the other group of runners heading the other way, Kobie gave me a high five as I went by and Janet asked me if I was all right. I was doing pretty good at that point but I was flipping hot. My own stupidity. When I caught up with Janet a little while later, I don't think I was looking so good, she looked at me and asked me how many more intervals I had to do. I told her I had two more and I kept motoring on. The sun was beating down and it was hot. When I got around to the university, I decided to cut through to the path where it was shaded. I was barely running at that point, in fact I'm pretty sure I could probably have walked faster than I was running but oh well. My head was pounding and I could hear the blood pumping in my head. Not a good thing. I ducked into the university and found the women's washroom where I dumped water on my head and on the back of my neck. I felt a little better after that but decided to just walk the rest of the way back to the store.
Once I was there I texted my friend J (who was out with another group) to ask her to let Janet know I was all right and was heading home as no one was back at the store yet. Just after I did that Janet pulled in and wished me luck on my race on Sunday. I felt a little sick as I got in my car, so I headed to my parents house(only 3 blocks away).
I went in the front door and was awash in cool air, thank goodness for air conditioning! I felt a little sick to my stomach so I got some water from the fridge and guzzled it down, refilled it and then went to talk to my dad for a few minutes. I felt better after cooling down so headed home where I showered, ate some dinner and drank two more bottles of water. Thank goodness for Brita water filters and my trusty water bottle that is never far from my side.
Needless to say, this was not my best run. In fact I'm fairly certain I can say it was my worst. I feel a little disappointed in myself, for being so dumb and not taking water with me, but it was a harsh lesson learned.
Tonight's run by the numbers. http://connect.garmin.com/dashboard?cid=23160255
Thankfully the temperature is only supposed to be in the mid to high teens for the BMO 8K on Sunday. If all goes to plan, I'll be good to go.