Yesterday I had one of those great runs that makes you glad you are a runner - aches dissipated and people were smiling and singing along the running trail. Singing? Yes! : )
And I didn't think a post about today's run would be nearly as happy. It's the same old story... Hello, Humidity!
But then I crossed the street to run on the bike trail (south side of Memorial, for you locals) and the new sights helped. It was woodsy and quiet. After a couple of miles, I crossed the street again to run on the usual trail where I felt safer. I'll try that bike trail again when there are more people on it.
After awhile, the humidity didn't bother me and I was able to speed up. You never know what will happen on a run. Sometimes you just can't speed it up and sometimes you can. Maybe it was because I took in more fuel than usual: Gatorade every two miles except for mile four where I had Gu and water. Maybe it was the short rain shower that cooled me off. The run started out feeling so hard, but it ended up easier. Not easy, but better than it was when I started.
- 2 mile warm-up
- 7 miles easy (relatively speaking)
- 1 mile cool-down
I took an ice bath afterwards - I was so hot (about 80* outside). While I was chillin' (!), I looked through a local magazine and came across an article about a house in my neighborhood I ran by today. Now I know what it looks like inside - very artsy!