The best adjective I can use to describe this race was painful. The course was great, the post-race food was great (most important part), but the weather just plain sucked.
When I checked the hourly weather forecast the day before the race there was a great big lightning bolt over the start. Luckily, it didn’t thunder, which meant the race wasn’t canceled. However, it rained hard earlier in the day and was kind of spitting rain/wind throughout. The rain wasn’t the problem, though. HUMIDITY was.
It felt more like a swim than a run – probably looked like it too as my clothes were drenched with sweat at the end. With every slight uphill my breathing increased way more than normal.
Although it definitely wasn’t a great race for me, I did get a good workout in. My cheeks were actually red when I finished, which almost never happens. Only when it’s really cold or really hot (apparently really humid too) do my cheeks turn red. My mom says she used to worry about me being anemic when I was younger because I didn’t have the same complexion as my siblings. Nope, I just don’t have rosy cheeks!
The course was nice. It was in South Burlington and I actually recognized most of the course because I run over there quite a bit. The first three miles were relatively flat with the big hills coming in the 4th mile. The 5th mile then had a gradual climb and the last 5k was flat to downhill.
There were some wicked fast runners in the race. Lately I’ve been running in smaller races, so it was nice to have some more competition. I also got my butt kicked by some incredibly fast masters runners. I hope to be as fast as them when I’m that age!
All in all, not the greatest race for me, but got a good effort in. I’m looking forward to my next few races now. I’m finally going to get the Color Run experience on September 13th with my sister. So excited! Then I’m doing the Downtown 10k on September 21st and the Baystate Marathon on October 19th.
Have you run any races recently? Any races planned for the fall? Ever run a race in extreme humidity?