Today at RTW, the second leg of the Montgomery County Triple, my face was crazy red. Thanks to soaring humidity levels, the heat index at 8 o'clock this morning was already in the triple digits. Ugh! I did what I could do, but it wasn't pretty, and it hurt...bad! Borderline torture. It gave "for the love of pine cones" a whole new meaning.
I zeroed in on Denise Van Kuiken. I like to pick someone slightly faster than me and try to hang. I shadowed her for about 1.3 miles, and then quickly faded. I got a side stitch, which happens frequently to me this time of year. I don't know if it's the heat or the fact that I'm running less, but I get them a lot in the summer. Denise ended up finishing in 25:13, me in 26:52. That is truly all I had. Oh well.
My hat is off to Karen. I would be willing to bet that out of the 98 people who ran RTW today, Karen is the only one who PR'd! She broke 26 minutes for the first time today! WooHoo! I told her loosing all that gear would speed her up...or was it Coach Bill? Either way, she was awesome!
Even though I repeated the phrase "I hate summer" numerous times today, I had a great time. I've made lots of friends thru running, and lots of them were there today. Best dollar I've ever spent!
When I got home JP was busy knocking the winter dust off the boat. Time to take it out for it's summer test run before our slew of upcoming camping trips. Jimmy Buffet and my song appropriate concoction (not frozen, but concoction all the same) quickly reminded me that I don't actually hate summer.
We spent the day cruising around Lake Conroe watching the kids ski. I say ski, but it's really wake boarding. They are quick to tell me "mom, no one skis anymore...that's so eighties". Being a former professional water skier and instructor, this is very hard for JP to accept. Every once in a while he puts them in their place, and lets me pull him. He throws on his 70's model ski (apparently they don't know how to make 'em nowadays), I put the Duran Duran cassette in the boom-box, and he tears it up 80's style. Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand...
My plan for the summer:
Short run. Lots of sun. (with adequate SPF, of course)