Today I ran 10 miles. I hear all you distance runners saying, "Pshaw, you're not even half way yet!" This is true. But I ran that 10 miles in Wichita, Kansas, in August. It is approximately 100 degrees with about 70% humidity. Melt. I bought a water belt yesterday and it's a good thing because there is no way I would have made it. As it was I did not have enough water. I usually run about a 9 minute mile. Today I was between 12 and 13. This is not good. I finally got home dehydrated and discouraged. I called my running buddy Katherine (who is also a doctor and in my eyes, credible). She reassured me that it was not me, it was the heat. She says that running in this heat it was more like running 15 miles. I don't know if it's true but I adore her for telling me so. I am holding on to this because it makes me feel a lot better.
4 years ago