Sometimes Running is Not So Great
It got hot in a hurry here in St. Louis. I’ve still been running outside, but not running at appropriate (cool) times, and I’m feeling it.
Saturday I ran around 3pm. I carried a water and a bag of pineapple with me (for some reason I crave it when running sometimes).
Even with these reinforcements, after five minutes I had to stop and walk. Instead of going around Carondelet Park I headed back, turning my run into a run/walk.
Monday I gave running outside another shot, after work in Tower Grove Park. I made it a mile or so before resorting to walking, again turning my run into a run/walk.
I was just too exhausted to run. It wasn’t great, plus my leg hurt more than it has recently, so I took the next two days off.
I was back at it tonight. I’d planned to run at the gym, giving in to St. Louis heat, but it was pleasant when I left work, in the 70s. So I headed to Forest Park. I kept my pace conservative and was able to stay running the whole time, yay!
That’s me at the Spanish Pavilion. And the view from the top:
I love running in Forest Park because not only do you get views like that, there’s trails all over the place so you never have to run the same route twice. I made up a new route tonight.
That pace is slow for me, but I think I’d rather run that pace and run continuously than run faster and burn out right away. And hopefully as I build up continuous miles they begin to feel easier. If not, I’m going to try the treadmill.
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