Holy Moly! It is HUMID (!!!) in the Midwest! I have never experienced anything like this before. I was soaked to the core by the time I finished my long run this morning, here’s me trying to wring the sweat out of my shirt post run.
It was upper 70’s at 5:45am with 80% humidity when Kelly and I started out this morning. I had 15 miles on my schedule and had broken it into 2 different neighborhood loops so that I would have company the entire way. Kelly and I were running 5 miles with Bisou and then Jen joined me for the 2nd half. It took twice as long to start “feeling good” during the run this morning. I planned to take it nice and easy anticipating the heat, but I had no idea how much the weather would affect me. Thankfully, I had 2 pretty flat routes planned. And thankfully, I had company the whole way. If Kelly hadn’t been there to chat with me and keep me pre-occupied, I don’t know if I would have done the entire 5 mile loop without walking. I was wimping out big time in my head. Finally, at mile 4 I started to feel good and we finished strong.
I had 10 minutes before Jen was coming for the 2nd longer loop. I iced Bisou down with an ice-cube massage and put her food out. I wiped myself down with a towel and contemplated changing clothes before heading out again. I was already sweaty and my hat was dripping. I decided it was only going to get worse and kept my sweaty clothes on, fueling with a Honey Stinger Gold gel and drinking a glass of water as Jen pulled up.
We started out and right away I could tell she had fresh legs. She was chatting and keeping a pretty good pace- at least, at this point I thought it was a pretty good pace- I’m sure for her it was pretty darn slow! I grunted in agreement here and there and gave some one word input to the conversation when appropriate… I was struggling! I was not able to talk comfortably and Jen started to pull ahead a little bit. Which, at this point, I was thankful for so I could just follow and not think. I decided then that I needed to break this run into 3 parts- 5, 5, and 5 in order to mentally get through it. So, I started counting down the miles until the 10 mile mark where I could break to take another gel and refill my water bottle. The 10 mile mark ended up at a park and as we walked over to the facilities, I noticed how wet I was! It felt like I had peed my pants! Everything was soaking and dripping. My shirt was stuck to me (so much for dry wicking!). I was gross. And I was faded. I needed fuel. I took a Hammer Endurolyte tab and another gel. Jen came back to report that the bathrooms were locked and suggested we go to her friend’s house who live a block away. We walked there to get our energy back and when we walked in, it was like heaven. The air conditioning was going full blast, I drank some water, and immediately I was feeling better. When we started out, I had energy and fresh legs. It didn’t last long. Pretty soon, I was trailing Jen again. Thankfully, she remembered my need for a stop at Kum & Go to refill my water bottle. When we got going again, I suggested a change in route that would shorten it slightly and give us a change of scenery from the out and back we were on. At mile 13 we headed up a hill, which at this time looked monstrous! 🙂 I started telling myself I am an athlete and I do not give up, so I was going to tackle this hill and keep going! I pushed up the hill knowing we would only have a mile left once we reached the top. And, we got to go downhill on the way :). I could feel my clothes sticking to me in that bad, icky, wet way. Once inside, my shoes were even squeaking on the floor and leaving wet marks- so gross! I tried to stretch out and was disgusted by the wet clothes clinging so I decided that would have to wait until after I showered and cleaned up a bit.
Chalking this up to another experience- and another one I would be happy not to experience again :). But I’m glad we finished. Total, I ran 14.38 miles. Which, in my book, with as much effort as that took, equals 15- I was more than happy to call it done.
I never thought I would say this, but I think I may prefer running in the cold!