Okay Floridians… you know what this weather means. That summer will be here before we know it. While other parts of the country are suffering freezing temperatures and falling snow, we are sitting out on our decks drinking iced tea in our shorts and tank tops. Now, if it could just stay this way it would be perfect. Those other folks in the colder areas of the country might be a bit jealous of us right now, but that won’t last long. Soon they will have the perfect spring and summer temperatures while we smolder in our liquid heat.
Yep, today was an absolutely beautiful day with the perfect balance of warm air with a cool breeze. Yet, in a runner’s world, it was HOT. If this is HOT, then I don’t want to think about running in the weather that awaits me a month from now. You know, it wouldn’t be so bad if the air didn’t have to grab on to all of that water. Nothing like feeling as though you are drowning right when you step outside.
So, my run this morning was a HOT one. While most of you enjoyed a nice walk to the park or enjoyed your morning cup of joe on the front porch, I was slathered in my own sweat. Seriously, I could feel the sweat beading up on my head, sliding down my back and slipping out underneath my shorts to take refuge in my socks. Not only was I sweating like a pig (if they actually do sweat… who has seen one sweat?), but I felt like I was running up against a wall. Every breath I took contained some oxygen, but mostly water. It is like having pneumonia when you actually don’t have pneumonia. Fortunately for me, my running buddy had just gotten over pneumonia so I didn’t have to hurt my ego too badly. I could run slow and then just blame her for the slowness (j/k t.b.) 🙂 How could I go from running sprints one day, to feeling like an ox pulling a wagon up a hill the next day? It’s all about acclimatization folks. Except this didn’t seem like a gradual change in the environmental conditions. It just seemed to happen overnight!
Yes, I know I am a pansy. How can I be complaining when it was only 70 degrees this morning? I guess I also need to remind you that it felt like 100% humidity. Those of you residing in Arizona have no idea what I am talking about. Let’s just say that when you mix heat with water you don’t always get the results you want. If I want a warm shower I will use the one in my bathroom. I shouldn’t have to go outside for that. Needless to say, I am a little worried about what the future holds…
As you know when you hiked the Grand Canyon that Arizona is a dry heat state. Most runners evaporate during their marathons never to be seen again.