But I did it because the best time for me to get a run in Wednesday was between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. and it was almost 90 and humid outside at that point. I have ran outdoors in that kind of heat before but it was absolutely miserable and I only went about 2-3 miles (this was during my group training in 2011 for the late summer triathlon). I don't think it's really necessary to do that again if I have an indoor option.
Or if I was willing to get up at 5 a.m. I could have ran outside but I'm not so willing. I've been really tired in the morning recently. And for the past few longer runs I have been totally exhausted afterwards and MUST nap.
So I need to look at a few things to get past this level of tiredness:
1) Pre and post run hydration. I probably am not hydrated enough for warmer weather. I need to be more mindful of my water intake over the course the day. I get into a vicious cycle of feeling tired so I get more caffeinated drinks but then I drink less water and thus become more dehydrated and more tired and so I drink more caffeine.... Ack! Stop the madness!
2) I need to also get over fear of carbs when looking at longer runs. I do purposefully eat more carbs before and after a run but I might not be getting enough if I feel so exhausted afterwards. I don't have this same kind of exhaustion with shorter runs (4 miles or less) or other cardio/strength exercises so it's just something different that's activated with the longer runs.
3) It could be my thyroid levels. Since I no longer have a thyroid I'm completely dependent on my meds which I take faithfully. But my body is still adjusting to not having a thyroid so the amount of medication that was perfect in March may not be perfect now. I'm not scheduled to see a doctor again for lab work until early July but I can always go earlier if I think this is something to be worked on.
But so far this week the workouts have been as scheduled with even an extra mile tacked onto Tuesday's speed work. Today's 6 mile long run will also be indoors due to scheduling issues but I think I'll do it on a treadmill so I can try and maintain a specific pace - i.e. I want to see if I can match my old 10K time of 1:04. I'll put on a show and suffer through the boredom of long treadmill running while enjoying the fact that I'm not out in the miserable hot and humid weather.