Temperature-wise, I think hell was a little cooler today. But as far as the population goes I think there were just as many ass-holes. I guess it served me right for running north along the lake path through the crowd of Air & Water Show-goers towing coolers, grills and enough camping supplies to leave home for a month.
And believe me I wasn’t the only idiot trying to get a workout in, there were plenty of other runners and cyclists. So really we’re all idiots.
The 1st half of my run wasn’t bad, there was a nice breeze coming off the lake just north of Navy Pier, It was still a little overcast, which made the 80* temp more bearable. I had a Camelbak full of Accelerade and was feeling good coming in to mile 5 of my planned 13 mile run…. It was somewhere within that same mile that things went terribly wrong.
There was no doubt I was hot, and I was nearing the half way point, but I just felt awful. I can’t put a finger on what it was exactly. My legs felt good, I wasn’t winded, I think I was just hot!!! (The smell of 700 grills wasn’t helping either!)
I got to the half way point and took a minute to walk and rest… that minute turned into a mile. I slammed a Clif SHOT and started moving again, slowly. I pulled on my Camelback and got a slug of hot Accelerade.. Gross, there was a water fountain ahead so I stopped to fill my tank with some less hot water (totally wasn’t cold). I could have made tea, it was disgusting.
I ran another mile back through the crowds and vendors and had to walk again… I just couldn’t keep cool enough. I ended up run/walking the next mile. I hate run/walking. It makes me feel like such a failure.
I looked at my watch, only a mile and a half left and then I’d be done. I was gonna run it, no question. I was trying to keep my mind off of how hot I was.
I thought about one of the first runs I went on about a year ago in Miami, I was so out of shape that I was dead after a mile. Then I started thinking about the ice bath I was going to sit in when I got done today. I started to laugh cause as good as it sounded I knew I was going to be a big sally when I sat it it… I always think it’s Too Cold.. IT’S AN ICE BATH MORON!!!
Next thing to know I only had one more block to go. THANK GOD!!! I finished out took a deep breath and walked home. I checked my time, 2:51 DAMNIT!!! That was 11 minutes slower than I ran the RnR… I was really upset.
But the more I thought about it, this run felt a lot longer than that. Overall I’m still disappointed… I really hope we get break with the weather on 10-10-10. I think snow would be ok!!!
Here is a recap of this travesty.