For the past few days we have had some very unsettled weather. The thunderstorms have been a welcome break in the blazing inferno heat we have had day after day after day. I have really enjoyed the break...that is until I realized what would happen when I ran.
So the run was in the Polecat Gulch, we have ran this several times. It's a 6 mile loop with some challenging but doable hills. When we run Polecat it is meant to be a moderate run, not hard at all. Today we hit the trail at a little after 8:00 AM. It was in the high 60s so I thought....PERFECT WEATHER.
As we ran I couldn't figure out what was wrong with me. I was sweating like crazy. And my breathing was so loud and labored. What is going on??? Turns out we were running in over 80% humidity! Not something I enjoyed.
I started to sweat so bad that it looked like I had just showered in my clothes. Sweat was dripping off of my chin like a liquid goatee. I couldn't keep my forehead dry and soon, I could barely see where I was even going. The weirdest part, I wasn't hot. Shoot I wasn't even warm! I am not geared for this humidity garbage.
So I got to thinking, what am I geared for? If I could turn a dial and select the weather for my runs, what would I set the dial at?
Once when I was running in Las Vegas I met a guy who told me his favorite temp to run is was triple digits. He must have a slight chemical balance in his brain to like that! When the mercury gets over 60 I start to hate it! I recently posted this exact question on a Trail Running FB group page to see how other local runners would vote. The majority of the responders agreed with 30-50 degrees. I must admit though while I agree with tat, there is a part of me that secretly loves the frigid single digits!
But, all things considered, we survived what I will forever remember as the Humidity run of 2013.