The running week is now complete. An almost another 40-mile running week.
Newport is always the highlight of my entire week.
Yesterday was a scary day in Newport though. We had a woman down.
At about 9 miles in, we turned onto the Cliff Walk. It was there that the oppressive heat and humidity just hit my small little group. There is something about that Cliff Walk, probably no coverage from the sun.
Those in my group decided that we were going to cut the run short today. I was trying to get in 13-miles, however, it was just too oppressive. So, we turned down the first Cliff Walk intersecting street – Narragansett Avenue. We were halfway up Narragansett when Danielle, dropped to the ground. It was just Ron, Danielle, and I at this point and we did what we needed to do.
Danielle was very sick. She couldn’t get up off of the ground. A casualty of heat exhaustion setting in. Heat exhaustion can cripple you. For her, she had cramps all over her body and was vomiting. Her fingers and one leg refused to budge.
These are her words:
“Today was a very difficult run where I re-learned a very important lesson. 1st goal was to run 16 miles after 8 miles I decided I would run 13 miles instead by mile 9.5 I started to cramp up and decided I needed to head back to the car then by mile 10.34 I was laying on the ground, shaking, dizzy and wanted to go to sleep/throw up/poop (which I did TMI) I know.
Thankfully Ron and Robin did not leave my side and I asked them to call Charlotte Armstrong to pick me up.
They were all great and helped me through a very scary situation of heat exhaustion(I was a big baby freaks me out when my body shuts down) I couldn’t feel my hands or my left leg.
The reason I share this with y’all is a friendly reminder to HYDRATE, Slow your pace down in the heat and fuel properly (all things I know) but obviously did a poor job of this morning.
Feeling much better now and thankful I was surrounded by good people to help me and that Diane Souza was kind enough to drive me home.”
Running can be very dangerous. I myself have suffered from heat exhaustion but was lucky enough to get myself into a very cold shower. We didn’t have that liberty with Danielle.
I have known folks who have gone into cardiac arrest while out on a run.
Heat, humidity, compounded by long-distance running is not for the faint of heart. You have to know your body well and sometimes that is not even enough.
Long-story short – Danielle is OK. The code in running, or at least my code is, never leave a man (woman) down until the coast is clear. So, Ron and I stayed with Charlotte and Danielle until she was more coherent.
If you a runner, heed Danielle’s words above. This is serious stuff.
All in all, it is a great group that I am proud to be a part of! We take good care of each other…
Today, I headed out for a three-hour trail run at the Blue Hills. Danielle’s heat exhaustion on my mind. Many things go through your head when all alone on the trails. Like what if that had happened to me. What would my course of action be? What if something worse befell me?
One thing is for sure, I can’t allow that to stop my training. However, it does always play in the back of my mind. I don’t allow fear to rule me though.
I managed to pick a good solid route for this run. I used the Colonial Road Runners 10 Mile Fox Trot Race route. But, gosh darn there was one trail that I just could not find the connection for the life of me. It drove my bonkers going back and forth. Finally, at two-hours in, I gave up and improvised. All in all, it was a nice route. I finally broke down and paid the $3 for an official Blue Hills trail map.
This is my map – not a lot to work with after it got wet and tore apart.
Needless to say, I ended up getting closer to 13 miles in. On the trails that are demanding.
I have TWO-speed workouts planned for this week, one on Friday, which I never run on Friday…then an 18-mile run on Saturday and a 5-hour trail run on Sunday.
I am now reaching the pinnacle of my training.
This is going to be a tough coming week!