Sunday, October 14, 2012
I had a fabulous 8 miler yesterday. The week started off hot and humid. Hot weather I can deal with but humidity is another thing. For instance, when the temp is 84, with high humidity outside temps feel like 94.....caliente!!!
Tuesday was a hot and humid run, at 9 in the morning, so I ran in my sports bra and shorts....was so glad that I did. My Wednesday run was NICE; I sweat a lot and it felt refreshing to feel a cool breeze in the hot sun. This was the beginning of very nice weather to come. Thursday was supposed to be "torture Thursday" alternating between hills and speedwork. That did not happen because I had to pick my MIL up at the airport in the morning. She was scheduled to fly in the afternoon, but moved her flight up to arrive in Miami at 10. Just an overnight stay on her way to Venezuela. Well my cool morning run was pushed to a 12 noon run.
I woke up Saturday morning to rain. It has been a while since I have ran in the rain so I was really looking forward to it. The temps were in the high 60's to low 70's with very little humidity.....perfect running weather. By the time I geared up and headed out the door, the rain fizzled out. I was thinking of driving over to run with the running store group but decided against it because earlier this week there was an accident very close to my long runs route and it would have bothered me a lot. The community college down the street is building a parking garage to facilitate the growing campus. A section of the parking garage collapsed resulting in a few deaths. I still get choked up about it thinking it. So I chose to run in my community.
I ran in a cross between the two intersecting streets. The street outside my gated community runs north and south and then I ran east to west on the intersecting street for a total of 5 + miles. I finished off with the route I use for my 4 miler. Sad to say the rain deterred a lot of folks from exercising on Saturday; I only saw a handful of people. I did run a lot on the street and when the rain picked up a bit I chose to run on the sidewalk and then going back to run in the street when it slowed down again. Not everyone is thrilled to share the road with runners. I run on side streets with two lanes each way that are rarely traveled and it is sad that some drivers refuse to switch over to the empty lane. Sigh.
Fuel: I used two gels on my Saturday run (miles 4 and 7) so now I have to head over to my running store to load up again. I love Accel gels. They are easy to open and sip on while I run and do not leave a pasty taste in my mouth. And I love, love, love the fact that as I am going up in miles, I get to eat more. Yay!! More carbs!!!! I have to change up my running schedule a little next week. My 4 year old is going on a field trip to the pumpkin patch and I am going as a chaperone. Gotta find my camera and charge it. I can only imagine the cute photos I will capture watching 4 year olds have fun at a pumpkin patch. They are all wearing their field trip day shirt so it will be easy to spot a drifter.
Enjoy your week.