Before I left work, I checked weather.com. It was 98 outside with a "feels like temp" of 100 and 30% humidity. (That's "dry heat" in Houston) Sure enough, when I left work yesterday, the tempature gauge in my car read 100. Confirmed....it's damn hot!!! Amazing, on my parent's side of the world (N. Houston), it was windy, overcast and actually raining. Go figure.
By the time I made it to the park, the wind was picking up a little and the temp was only 93. Remind me to never again complain when it's only 85 degrees! I was complaining back in April & May when it was in the 80's. What I wouldn't do to get those temps back! After some stretching, I headed for the loop. Today's training schedule called for 40 minutes. After about 5 minutes, I felt the nagging pains in my lower legs again. It makes me mad when my body feels good one day and bad the next! I decided to take it easy and set my watch for 5/1s.
It was hot, damn hot, and I tried to stay as close as possible to the line of trees that provided at least a little shade. I made it to the fountain on Memorial and wondered what happened to the breeze I felt when I got out of my car? It seemed to have disappeared. I continued and felt good until I reached the less shady side of the loop. I thought it was hot before, it was really damn hot on this side in direct sun! I made it to the next water fountain and drank again. I tried splashing a little water on my face and neck, but the water was warm and didn't help much. As I got closer to the tennis center, I saw an oasis...it looked like a Luke's Locker tent with GATORADE! Oh wait, it was a Luke's tent and there was gatorade! I downed a cup, thanked the man at the tent and moved on. (THANKS SO MUCH LUKE'S!) Apparently, they are there every Tuesday...now, I know what days I need to run at the park.
I made it to my starting point again, looked at my watch and saw that I needed about 8 more minutes. As much as I wanted to just go to my car, I decided to suck it up and continue. I jogged to the corner of the picnic loop and Memorial and back. This is another one of those runs when I wonder why I live in Houston. I love the city, but I can't stand the heat. Then, my mind starting wondering - where is the weather nice this time of year? San Diego, Boston? Oh well, I am here and I just have to accept that this is just the way it is...jeeze, and these aren't even the really hot months yet! I have a feeling that I will be utilizing the treadmill a lot more in the weeks and months to come. Thank God for the treadmill!
Total run time - 40 minutes
Mileage - ~3.3 miles
Pace - 11:48
Points consumed - 28
Activity pts earned - 5
Flex pts used - 3
Total points for day - 23
Flex points remaining for week - 18 (plan to use these tonight on Margarita's!)
Run long and Livestrong!