Fortunately morning dawned with overcast skies, so the stifling air was somewhat bearable when we set out for our 30K (18.6mi) run. The 94% humidity, however, was suffocating. The air was thick and damp and I was glad to have decided to bring my hydration backpack with its 2L bladder. I was thirsty the entire time! I also took my eload zone caps along the way.
A significant portion of our run was along trails, which kept things interesting. We also had a water stop (with oranges too – my fave!) at 21K/13mi, which helped break the run into two more manageable parts.
It went well for the most part, although I was suffering with the humidity. I was just grateful for the thick cloud cover, because we would have been absolutely melting had it been a sunny day.
I lost my group at one point when I had to make a detour for an emergency pitstop (with a case of the lindsays), so I was on my own for the last 8K or so. It was a struggle and the run was pretty slow overall, but I made it.
It’s been a long time since a freezing cold bath has felt so good.
And this concludes another weekly mileage milestone – 76 KM (47.2mi). No wonder I’m so exhausted!