I’ll Give You Some Tips

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This is my “Hi, I think I’m too tall for the camera so I’m going to duck down and while I do that I will stretch out my leg.” pose.

5 Miles in 39:13 [7:50 per mile]

7:51
7:55
7:58
7:46
7:42

Thoughts on the run

  1. This breeze is a bit nice.
  2. Okay, it’s a bit strong. This is going to be a rough run.
  3. It’s extremely humid out here. Of course it would be at 11:30am.
  4. AH sorry lady! Didn’t know you were passing on your bike until you were RIGHT next to me. We could’ve both died! lol
  5. Hi dogs! Nice to see you too!
  6. Oh my goodness it is hard to breathe. I feel out of shape.
  7. I have to sit down for a second. My head feels like it’s overheating and I am shaky.
  8. SO HOT! This wind is taking every ounce of energy out of me.
  9. Time to head back where the wind isn’t against me.
  10. Too bad that means I’m going to suffocate with this heat.
  11. Yeah, I need to stop and turn into the wind for a second.
  12. Worst run ever.
  13. I wish I had water.

Yeah, I was deceived by the wind and decided to go for my run at 11:30am. It felt nice with the breeze but it was just a cover. Totally humid and deathly out there.

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For some fun, I found some unique ideas for keeping cool on your run! These tips were taken from the article “Stay Cool” by John Hanc on the Runner’s World Website.

Miami Ice: Steve Brookner of the Bikila Athletic Club in Miami came up with this idea while running the marathon leg of Ironman Arizona. “They had thin sponges at each aid station,” he says. “So I took one and grabbed a couple of ice cubes.” He put the cubes on top of the sponge, then put his hat on over both. As the ice melted into the sponge, it created a cool spot on his head and a nice trickle of water running down his neck.

The Tucson Cold Cap: Randy Accetta, president of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners and a 1996 Olympic Trials marathoner, keeps his head cool in the extreme heat of Tucson with his “cold cap.” “I’ll soak a baseball cap in water and put it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or overnight before a morning run,” he says. “An old baseball cap retains the moisture longer than the new technical hats.”

The Badwater Bandanna: For years, Denise Jones puzzled over the best way to keep the competitors in the Badwater Ultramarathon cool. Finally, Jones–considered the “dean” of Badwater aid-station volunteers–came up with the answer: Lay a bandanna out in a diamond shape. Place a row of ice cubes in a horizontal line, just below one tip of the bandanna. Then roll it up “like a burrito,” and tie it around your neck. “We’ve found that this is the best way to keep runners cool,” she says. “It feels wonderful.”

Design M

Out of all those tips, I would probably try the Badwater Bandana. Mainly because I have so much hair that the idea of wearing a hat in the summer makes me cringe. lol!

I think I might try and provide more tips on the blog than just the boring “this is what I ran and thought today.” Any ideas or things you would like to know?

Q: What do you do to stay cool in the summer?

Q: Have you had to stop during a run before in fear of dying? haha or maybe less dramatic reasons.

Ask me anything, let me know what you want to know more of on the blog! It can be about me, nutrition, running, etc! I’d love to provide more exciting posts for you all!

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4 COMMENTS

  1. marathonmaiden | 21st Jun 11

    i always wish i had water on my runs. and i always think that there are bubblers on my routes. as it turns out, there aren't

  2. proudpatriot07 | 22nd Jun 11

    To stay cool… I run on the treadmill. Honestly, that's really it. When I do run outside in the summer, it's usually super early or something. It's mainly a safety thing because I'm never running around too many people and this whole area is one giant heat advisory during the summer so yeah. But, those are pretty good tips. I remember back in marching band I would wet a towel and put it on my head under my hat. Worked pretty well.

    When it's hot I do tend to stop more when I run, but I'm not doing races or anything in the summer so I'm a lot more lax when running anyway.

    A.L.

  3. proudpatriot07 | 22nd Jun 11

    Oh, and I just love reading your random during run thoughts, it's always interesting :).

  4. Brooke {FreeBird Runner} | 22nd Jun 11

    Hi Sam! Thanks for the comment on my blog!! I LOVE reading yours, especially your "thoughts on run" thoughts, haha! And, your spandex RULES.

    When it's hot outside, I ALWAYS carry water with me, usually my camelbak (with ICE water) so I can open the valve and pour some water on my head as needed in between sips 🙂

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