So, it was 76 degrees and at least 80% humidity this morning at 5:45 a.m. How do I know? Because I was awake. And getting ready for a long run. Why? I’m not entirely clear. I even convinced myself that NY1 was lying when they mentioned the temp outside, but I prepared for battle with a banana, a few dried apricots and some water.
I stretched, filled my bottle with 1/2 Gatorade, 1/2 water mix and I was off.
After a few blocks I was already covered in sweat, so I told myself just to go slow and see what happens. I planned to do my favorite route for longer runs – a 1/2 loop through Central Park to Columbus Circle, then down to the Hudson River and up Riverside Park. I usually run through Riverside Park until around 103rd street, return to Central Park and finish up with a few more loops.
The run kind of sucked until about an hour in, when I magically started feeling better and the humidity stopped bothering me. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised and finished about 12.2 miles in a little less than 2 hours. Whew. I’m glad I got this one in with a full week before my next race, the NYRR New York Mini 10K. My mission for the rest of the day: hydrate. And stop sweating.
I decided that in order to stop sweating, I needed to finally install my air conditioner. I had been holding off until the last possible second (because of you, Con Ed!), but it’s just to damn hot out there!
I like to chill out for a little bit after longer runs, so I enjoyed some cereal with the last of my organic strawberries and coffee with my morning paper.
Lunch was natural PB and jelly on toasted whole wheat, some Greek yogurt and pineapple chunks.
The rest of my afternoon will probably include more hydration, attemps at staying cool, a pedicure (ahh) and perhaps even a nap. Happy Saturday!
Question: When was the last time you bagged a run because of weather?