Thursday, May 31, 2012

Heat Wave

Yes, I am still running... although my running is now being done at lunchtime.  I work near a canal  with great running/cycling paths, and it is a wonderful break in my day.  At first, it wasn't so bad as I was running while it was cool out...75-80 degrees... but yesterday, I went out during an Extreme Heat Advisory, didn't know that until much later, and I paid for it the rest of the day!  It was about 100 degrees out and I had planned to go for a quick jog- maybe 3 miles... but I went with a friend from work who wanted to show me the other side of the canal.  I often look for new scenery...

The path was mainly gravel and dirt, just right for the knees... my favorite kind of running surface... but as we got about a mile into it, a smell from my past hit me, a large pasture of cattle.  OMGosh... I couldn't breathe, and the more I tried to hold my breath the more I inhaled it seemed.  (I grew up in a farming community)  I had the taste in my mouth and tried to run past it as fast as I could, and that wasn't too fast!  Nausea set in... and I wanted to turn around, but I was brave and kept going, after all, I wasn't by myself!  So we kept on... and found a nice couple of steep hills to run up and down and then we made our way back...We had already gone farther than I wanted to go int he first place...

I knew we would have to pass the pasture again, and I was bracing for it.  But then the heat, began to beat down on me, sweat was dripping and the smell from the cows was just a bit more than I could take... I had to walk, and though I tried to walk fast, I was very sick to my stomach, and wondered how I allowed myself to go this far, in the heat in the first place!! 

We made it back after going 5.50 miles.  Although that doesn't seem very far... try running that in the middle of the day, with the sun so bright, and 100+ degrees... plenty far in my book!

Got back to work and was wiped out!  It's supposed to be 109 today and 112 the next ... so there will be no running at lunch for me the rest of the week!  I am not training to run in the Sahara Desert anytime soon...