Friday, March 26, 2010

Aloha Oh Boy

Wednesday recovery workout: 6 miles/61:00 minutes 

On Wednesday I went for my first run since the Mercer Half last Sunday. Unlike the Seattle Half in November, I was barely sore the day after, and I felt that I could have run on Tuesday without injury. I decided to wait until Wednesday just to be sure....

This was one of the first runs in a LONG time that I had to purposely slow down. I used my Garmin and stuck right around a 10:00 mile pace. I must have still been in race mode, because I kept trying to go faster than that. I even made myself stop at mile 4 and stretch, which I never do. Overall, it was a great post-half recovery run.

Today - 5.07 miles/53:45 minutes

Due to some unexpected circumstances, I ended up flying out to Oahu late last night. Not wanting to miss out on running, I put on my shoes this morning and went out around the neighborhood for a run.

Hibiscus from the neighborhood

After mentioning to my Dad and step-mom (who both live in Oahu) about my Half last weekend, I was eager to get out and run. Good thing they didn't run with me because this was the most difficult run I have had....EVER.

I am the first to admit, I am a wimp when it comes to heat. Every time I go to somewhere warm, it takes me a few days to get used to the heat (if I ever do get used to it) and I'm usually nauseous most of the time out in the sun (note: this doesn't stop me from trying to get a burn tan though). I have run in Hawaii before, but I must have not noticed that I was sick because I was out of shape at the time. Anyways, for some reason I forgot about the heat and started running on a large hill, in the direct sunlight, while it was humid....


I realized that I was draining of energy and turned up a road that was less steep and started a few switch-backs. After about 1.75 miles I had to stop and take a breather. I havent had to stop while running in the past YEAR. Yeah, this isnt something that I was used to. 

I caught my breath and made it about another .75 and had to stop again. This continued every half a mile until I finished 5 miles. I was pooped (haha). I laid down for awhile afterwards but after eating I was only slightly nauseous the rest of the day. Im hoping the next few days will get easier, but my confidence was seriously knocked down a few notches after that run!

I have SO much respect for people who run in ANY kind of heat or humidity! I guess my strength would be running in the cold or rain :)
It felt more like 90 degrees with 100% humidity

Ill leave you with this palm shot.....much better than a shot of me sucking air!

Maybe Ill try running at night or indoors for the next few days. Hope everyone has a great weekend!


  1. I completely understand! I am a cold weather runner for sure... 45 or 50 is nice for me (as long as it's not windy!).

    I hope everything is okay and you can enjoy your time there!

  2. I am jealous of your heat and that you are in Oahu....LOL Have fun!

  3. Humidity is a killer! You might have to treadmill it, girl. Have fun in Hawaii!

  4. I totally understand! When I lived back iin Montreal, the summers were super humid and muggy and I missed running in the fall! Now that I am on the west coast, the weather is perfect all year-round. I am slightly jealous of you though! My vacation is only in May. Hope everything is fine in Oahu and that your trip wasn't an emergency one!

  5. I'm the same as you in the heat. Going from colder temps would be particularly tough (without the gradual transition).

    Good luck... enjoy Hawaii!

  6. Hi Sarah,
    I absolutely hate running in the humidity!! I suck at it! Perfect running weather for me is about 50 to 60 degrees. Have a great time in Hawaii:) Remember to take lots of pictures and post them in your blog!!

  7. I am new to running and I don't know a whole of about it other than putting one foot in front of another and keep going. One thing I know for sure is running in heat is absolutely horrible.