We had 4 miles on tap. It was 82 degrees, with 93% humidity. My running buddy Loretta and I started out deliberately slow, doing 1:30/1:00 intervals. I felt OK for the first mile and a half, but then it felt like I couldn't catch my breath. We got to the 2 mile mark where we refilled our water bottles (and got a little extra break), turned around and headed back...and then, my chest tightened up and I REALLY couldn't breathe. I told Loretta I had to stop, and the more I tried to catch a breath, the more I couldn't. You can imagine the panic and tears as I fought to stay in control...poor Loretta, she was having a good run until this. But I'm very glad she stayed with me and helped to calm me down. We ended up walking most of mile 3 before I felt decent enough to get back to running for the last mile.
When we got back to the park, I could tell that I wasn't the only one who'd had a rough time out there. This weather is not conducive to running, not at all. Hopefully next week it won't be as bad. I then had to put on my Organizer hat and get the last few people signed up - this was the last day of registration. Julia went around snapping pictures, and I have to tell you, I looked a lot happier in this picture than I felt:
My shirt was wetter than when I pull it out of the washing machine. Thankfully I remembered to bring a dry shirt to change into for when we went to Blue Baker.
Before all that misery, we took a group picture - here's most of our members (we are officially up to 50 this year):
My running club peeps!
The weather still hadn't let up for Monday's run - we had 40 minutes, easy, on our schedule, and believe me...Amy and I took it easy. We were doing just fine but then a big brown thing flew at me from some bushes and hit me in the side of my eye and I screamed like a banshee because I thought it was a bat and then Amy screamed and it got a little crazy. Turns out it was a cicada, which, don't Google it unless you like bugs. So that was pretty gross. But hey, it took our minds off of the heat!
We decided we needed coffee when we were finished, so went to the Starbucks. While we were there, Amy realized that she was wearing her "coffee capris" which made the morning perfect:
Here's Amy, looking impeccable.