A very hard four miles today. Not only was I coughing blood the whole way but I felt like I was going to pass out halfway through. So here is the reason, I needed to eat and drink. I made the mistake of going out on an empty stomach. About halfway through I felt weak so I slowed down and walked. Started to run again for a bit but felt weak. This went on until I was running less and feeling weaker each time. Then I realized how hungry I was. Oops, should have eaten before the run. Guess that’s why I was weak. Another problem I ran into; It was hot and sunny today so I was sweating more than usual. Which for me means I lose more salt, which means more chance to cramp. The two water fountains I stopped at along the way were both out of order. Yay! So no food, more sweat and not able to rehydrate means your run is going to turn into a walk and be very challenging. I almsot cut through the park and went home but I fought the urge and completed the 4 miles. At least I can take that as a positive. Chalk this up to a learning experience. Running sucks sometimes. Coughing blood sucks all the time.
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