Terrible race. Terrible heat. Terrible humidity. I had been really looking forward to this race, knowing my training had prepared me to PR on even a super hilly course like this. However, Mother Nature had many other ideas for my general well-being. The goal, in essence, became to simply finish the race. Even if I had to walk. Even if my intestines were tying themselves into pretzel bow ties. Even if my giant headband was no longer being effective at keeping sweat out of my eyes after 0.5 miles. And, yes people, all of those things did happen.
Race time temp: About 76 degrees and 97% HUMIDITY. Yes 97%. Literally enough humidity to make sure you were surrounded by a cocoon of your own sweat and were drowning in it. By the time I finished it was over 80 degrees with 95% humidity.
I will spare all the details of how horrible I felt. I was happy to see I wasn’t the only person I knew walking through water stops. Or cursing at the mountainous hills. I will only narrate this race with a series of pictures. And hopefully, my next 10K will be on a cooler day and not involve near heat exhaustion (because when I finished that was borderline).
Here’s to hoping my next race goes much better. Some cooler weather should help. As the people in Walmart were yelling in the frozen foods department yesterday: “I’m OUT with a YOLO and HOLLA”.