Went out yesterday for my first post-graduation run. It was a mixed experience. For a start, it was way too hot. I decided to go out right after work as I was going to go and see some friends later. This was the hard way to learn that running in the high temperatures of the early evening is NOT a good idea! But it was sort of deliberate - I think this could be a fine summer (fingers crossed!) and I do need to build up some stamina against the heat, otherwise it's going to be very difficult to keep going. However, I'm not accustomed to it, so I decided I needed to be sensible. I drank quite a bit of water before going out and put on lots of suncream - SPF 50, and the kids version, which is waterproof, so it wouldn't sweat off. And I went out WITHOUT Laura! I know - a first! This was sort of precautionary - I wanted to "listen to my body" (here I go, sounding like an exercise magazine...) and be aware if I was feeling light-headed, sick or over-hot - so I decided that I would just have to do without the usual distraction of the music. Plus, I usually hold my ipod in my hand and this time I really needed to take a waterbottle instead! But, I felt a bit reassured and I think it's worthwhile being conscientious - bad enough pouring with sweat running past all the sunbathers without passing out on the road! I also made a "policy decision" before going out to take the pressure off and expect to need to walk at some points. A bit of a cop out, but I knew I'd need to stop for water and take some moments to give myself a break. In the end I ran for about 30 minutes in total - I stopped and started a few times, usually for short walks of about 30 seconds, but covered about 4.5km. In fact, I exceeded my expectations - I thought I wouldn't be able to keep going for as long as I did, but it was alright. I felt a bit exhausted when I got in, so had more water and some ice tea, and I was so messy with the suncream/sweat layer that a cold shower was needed straight away! And I didn't go back to my "normal" colour for about an hour.
Will I do it again? Well, not if I can avoid it. I think I need to start planning in runs in the morning and the late evening - which is harder as the runs get longer. But, I think the 27 degree heat we are having here, nice as it is, and pleased as I was to be able to get around in it, will probably prove too much for me to be able to improve on my speed or distance in.
On the other hand...this could prove an excellent excuse to go shopping again for summer jogging clothes! What are people's must-have summer gear for running?