falling focus

I haven’t taken the time to talk about what a terrible long run that I had this past Thursday. By the numbers, the run was pretty good, given the fact that I cut the run short by about 6 miles. However, when are playing with heat exhaustion, you don’t mess around.

Thursday’s lunchtime was a 4 mile run, which was great on pacing, about a 9:30 pace. For the evening run, I had planned on running 7 with Soon-To-Be-Doctor David and then another 5-6 miles on my own. But like I mentioned, those never materialized.

It wasn’t until the 3.5 mile turn around that I started to feel some effects. I got real quiet and tried to focus on my running stride. Around mile 5.75, I had to stop for water at Tyson Park. I was very thirsty and could not really go any further. That helped for about 0.75 miles, then I had to stop to walk, it was at this point that I knew that I was suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration. I was very very confused, I couldn’t think straight nor could I focus on anything. I couldn’t talk because I was too tired, so i could only mutter “I have to walk”. I didn’t have to stop during my walk breaks, and then got back on to running. I couldn’t make it up the last hill before I had to walk again, and told David to go ahead and fix as we were really close to finishing.

There would have been no way that I could have run any additional mileage and actually would have been very stupid of me to continue. So, I cut my run short to live another day. However, that has put me at near a support (floor) on my training. Hoepfully, this is just temporary, and I can continue on a somewhat successful training schedule.

After all, I have Big South Fork 17.5 mile trail run at the end of the month, then the WorldWideHalf Marathon Challenge in Mid October, then my marathon wishes.

About planet3rry

I'm a husband, father and runner in the Knoxville area. I love the way that running makes me feel and how it has changed my thinking. I am always looking for the new PR whether in the 5k or the marathon