Lacing Up, Day Nineteen: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Florida

We finished up week 8 today with a scheduled “long-run” day. The workout notes in Abvio’s WalkMeter said, “It’s long-run day again! Remember to drink water and focus on feeling good!”. Point taken, but I don’t think Maggie was quite ready to do that in today’s weather.

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We are headed into the hot season here in SW Florida. Note I don’t even bother to differentiate spring from summer as basically they are the same…you can even lump fall in there too. It’s not that Florida doesn’t have seasons. We do. They are just a little different than the rest of the country. Instead of the four well known seasons of summer, fall, winter and spring, we have hurricane season, love bug season, snowbird season and summer. The majority of which are hot and humid.

Today was exactly that…sunny, 82 degrees, 84% humidity, with a 15 MPH wind tossed in to make things even more interesting. Although that is not near our oppressive mid August heat, it was more than enough to turn today’s run into a sweat fest. Needless to say, we put our little hand held hydration bottles to heavy use. Not so much for drinking, but to cool down Maggie.

Having a strong cycling base, I naturally run at a faster pace than her, pulling away from her during the run only to play catch up  after we turn around at our respective halfway points. As I was chasing her down, I notice she was obviously in a bit of distress. I slowed and asked if she had been drinking, to which she said no. Perplexed I had her slow to a walk and have a few sips of water as I poured some water on the back of her neck and shoulders all the while reminding her about the importance of hydration. Funny too as I warned her to take an occasional sip while running as it was going to be a hot one today. The old cycling mantra of drink before your thirsty and eat before your hungry carries a lot of weight here in Florida.

After cooling down and a bit of walking, I got her running again, setting short visual goals on the the way back home along with a bunch of cheerleading on my part. She even made up some lost run time on the cool down walk interval. She’s a heck of a trooper. It wasn’t so much the run duration as temperature that got the best of her today. Frankly that is a common issue as we transition from cool mornings to hot mornings. It always takes a week or two to get re-acclimated to the heat on the bike this time of year. Running looks to also have a similar acclimation period, perhaps even longer, as the core temperature management  tricks we use in cycling are not available in running. I guess it will be a sweat fest from here on out!

Running: 5K Plan
Run Time: 37:39
Stopped Time: 7:38
Distance: 3.29 miles
Average: 11:27 /mile
Fastest Pace: 9:21 /mile
Calories: 425
5K This Month: 15.92 miles
5K This Year: 53.63 miles

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