June 7, 2011
I always joke around with my friends about being hot stuff. You know, like when you go to a restaurant or Starbucks or something and the waiter is nice to you. I always say to whoever is with me, "Oh yeah, he totally thinks I'm hot!" It started as a joke with my sister, but to me it continues to be fun-and funny-to say.
This evening we had plans to go see a former neighbor's son play in a softball tournament. It didn't start until 7 pm, so I had time for a quick workout. I checked the weather on my phone, and it said it was 89 degrees. I thought that didn't sound right, but with rain threatening all evening, I thought it could be possible. So I went ahead and put on my running shoes and took off for a quick 1 1/2 miles. I also had this headband that I got in a gift bag when I went to Sun and Ski Sports. I put it on in hopes of keeping the sweat out of my eyes. I felt ridiculous and think I looked like I stepped out of the 80's. It's not a fat terry cloth one, but nonetheless...
About half a mile into it, I realize there's no way it's 89 degrees out. It's hot! I started off on the trail and I felt like I had a really great pace, and I did. I looked at the Garmin and I was at a 13 minute mile. About 1/2 a mile into the run, I looked at the Garmin again and realized I had not set the timer! Doh! I also started getting really warm and slowing down. I kept going though. The headband did help keep sweat out of my eyes, so that was good. I finally got to a point in the neighborhood where the trees were, so it was nice to be in the shade.
When I got home, I crashed onto the floor to stretch. I said to my husband that there was no way it was 89 degrees out. No, he said, it was more like 99! No wonder I was so freaking hot!!! After stretching and trying to cool down while drinking some water, sweat was still dripping from my head. I felt good, but when I mapped it out on Map My Run, I had ran 1.6 miles. My pace wasn't as bad as I thought it was, but I think my average would have been higher if I had started the Garmin in the beginning when my pace was better.
But oh well. There will be other runs. Maybe I'll download Donna Summer's Hot Stuff in honor of these ridiculously hot evenings.