Monday, May 20, 2013

Hot, Hot, Hawt Running

Well, Saturday we made it to Perdido Key, FL. So far we're having really nice weather. The highs are only reaching about 80 degrees. Couple that with a steady breeze and the shade from our umbrella and it's almost chilly.

But chilly for a run it is not. Sunday morning I woke up just after 6 am. I was itching to get out for a run after being in the car the previous two days (we drove half way Friday afternoon then the rest of the way Saturday). I was hoping to beat the brunt of the heat, but avoiding humidity was impossible.

Luckily, I know a route that takes you to a neighborhood where there's a running/walking path along an inlet. It keeps you from having to run down the main strip, for the most part. But there aren't really any trees shading the path. And since it's off the beach, you lose the breeze as well.

So, hot. What is hot?

Hot is having to run on this hot stretch of the road for 2 miles of a 6.5 miler.

Hot is having zero shade.

Hot is 100% humidity.

Hot is no wind, except on part of the return when it's a strong head wind. Still hot though.

Hawt is looking like you just got out of the swimming pool.

What is hot for you?

I will say that this was one crazy tough run for me. Because of the heat, I did stop twice to re-group and let my body temp come down a bit. Sometimes it's not a matter of wanting to stop, but having to stop. And there's no shame in that!