Friday, July 20, 2007

Training in Hawaii!!

Yes, you read that right.

Now remove "Hawaii" and insert "Fortuna, CA."

Loses some of its luster, huh?


It has certainly FELT like Hawaii here this week. It has been really warm and just muggy up the wazoo. When I left for my run at 7 p.m., our outdoor temperature gauge said it was 75 degrees outside. And I could just feel the humidity hit me in the face. Ick. says the humidity is currently 72 percent here right now, which is actually 18 percent higher than Honolulu. Blech.

Despite being warm and miserable today (I took the kids to the zoo and we all came home wiped out), I decided to brave my outdoor run. I was only going to do three miles, but for some reason I added a fourth mile. Bad idea. It made an uncomfortable run plain awful. Really, every breath felt difficult and I was drenched in sweat. You know it's an icky run when your fingertips are dripping sweat before you hit two miles. Ewwwwww!! But that's how it was.

I actually finished the first three miles with an overall pace under 11 minutes a mile. Then I just HAD to throw on that last mile, which blew my pace to heck and left me feeling just DRAINED. I mean, like I could not run another step even if I wanted to. It was absolutely wretched. Oh, and I ran out of water again and had no place to refill, so that made the last mile even more painful. I was thirsty!!!!! So now I'm sitting here with some ice water, enjoying every sip. :-)

I hope, hope, hope this humidity goes away and we get back to more "normal" summer weather!!! I am not liking it!!

Today's stats:
Distance: four miles
Time: 44:18
Pace: 11:04 minute/mile

Mile 1: 11:10
Mile 2: 10:48
mile 3: 10:38
Mile 4: 11:42 (the decent pace killer!!)


Nikki said...

How much water do you carry with you and how? like water bottle in hand, on back in fuel belt? Other?

Great getting out there Michelle..that is great you got out even though it was unbearable..and threw in the extra mile ;)

RunningCrazyAfter3 said...

Ugh...I hate these sucky runs. Makes me want to throw it all out the window...but i know it will get better! Good job sticking it out and going for the fourth!

Randy said...

It's great that you got out and ran, and the 4th mile didn't hurt you too badly...I agree it pushed you over the 11 min/mile pace...but those that know can see thru that and see what the first three miles looked did good....

Our humidity says 88% here this morning as I'm waiting on my ride to do our 12+ mile long run...icky is a good word for it.

Mom tried decaf once said...

Ick, that humidity sounds awful!! Nice job adding that fourth mile though!!