July 30, 2001

Today I am very tired. Kristina and I didn’t get back from Texas until after 1 a.m., so I didn’t get enough sleep last night. It was a nice weekend, though, and I got to run in The Woodlands.

Saturday, I took Christian (Mike and Debbie’s 4 year old) to Target (woo! Target) and I got a singlet and running shorts of some sort of synthetic wicking material. Nice! Although when I got dressed to go running I felt sort of fraudulent, like I was wearing a uniform I shouldn’t be.

So Mike gave me the directions to go around a 3.4 mile loop, which I set off on. It was on concrete, though, which kind of worried me, but my leg doesn’t hurt today so I guess it was okay after all. I didn’t get lost, though for a while I thought I was. It was a nice trail, but I don’t think I was hydrated well enough (it was pretty hot and humid, not too terrible though) because I didn’t get very far before I was really thirsty. I didn’t even end up running much of it, but I kept going. When I started, I felt really good, and when I had been running for what felt like 10 minutes, I (foolishly) looked at my watch and noticed I had only been running for 4:30. Ugh. I kept running for 8 minutes, though. After that, I could only really run in about 1 minute increments. I think I definitely went out too fast. Too much. Near the end, I thought I was lost, I may have hallucinated, and I’m glad I got back to their house when I did. Plus, the sun was going down and I had told Mike if I wasn’t back in an hour to come looking for me. As it turns out, it took me about 45-50 minutes, which is pretty slow. Hmm.

Then, when I got inside, I jumped in the shower (after drinking some water, of course) and when I got out, I felt very dizzy and nauseous. Mike got me some Dr Pepper before I passed out (I really felt like I was going to!) but then I was okay after that. Debbie and I had eaten a late lunch at 3:30 or so, so I’m not sure why I felt like that (dehydrated, most likely). Scary. Must remember to hydrate better in the future!

All in all, it made me even more eager for the fall to get here. I’m hoping I will do much better once it gets cooler.

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