The Green Girl did her usual Saturday Sole Runners run this morning.
In anticipation of the heat, I headed out early to Marina Vista Park and got a couple of miles in before the sun came up.
Coach Steve went over the Sole Runner updates and then mentioned a few of the races that will be going on in two weeks for the Labor Day holiday. He said he is going to be doing Mt. Baldy.
He also reiterated the importance of adequate hydration when running in hot weather.
Like last week, we started out at Marina Vista Park and headed towards the Long Beach State campus.
I felt really strong today. The running came naturally and I didn't have to push myself.
Since I wasn't struggling physically, I was able to concentrate on relaxing my body - especially my shoulders. I was also able to focus on the mental aspects of running.
At one point, I got really hungry and I wasn't in the mood for another energy chew so I stopped at a convenience store and got a hot dog with mustard and onions.
I quickly devoured it and continued on my way.
As usual, the warmer it got, the more my pace slowed but I made a conscious effort to hydrate more frequently.
As I headed out to the beach path, I was grateful for the occasional ocean breeze.
A few fellow Sole Runners commented that I was looking really strong today and it felt good to receive the compliments. It's nice when you can see your hard work paying off.
This week is a recovery week and I'm looking forward to taking it easy.