Running in Florida is not always easy. Part of the year it’s ridiculously hot and humid, and the other half, it’s just hot and humid. That’s mostly due to the fact that we only have the two seasons, you know, hurricane season and not hurricane season.
Currently we’re in not hurricane season which is the only time of year we can hope for a brief respite from the heat and humidity. It’s also the only time we get really decent waves for surfing but that’s another post all together. My point here is that we have had some cooler weather the last few days and it’s been just perfect for long runs. Yesterday was a bit chilly for only a 6 miler but according to this study, the weather this morning was perfect for my long run.
(Yes, I know I’m not an elite runner but one can dream, right?)
So with a temperature of 51 degrees, I was really looking forward to my run this morning. I was careful not to overdress and I wore my heart rate monitor with my new Garmin Forerunner 620 just to make sure I didn’t push myself too hard.
I wore these black capris with a hooded dri-fit shirt this morning. I was a bit chilly starting out but it turned out to be the perfect outfit.
It’s funny how the people on the running trails change over the months. Typically in January you’ll see tons of people out running and walking. But they start to weed out in late February and March and by April and May, it’s back to the regulars. I noticed tons of people today that I have never seen before this morning and I really hope they prove me wrong this year and stick with it. I’d love to see how they progress over the months.
Running at a slower pace, I was able to enjoy the scenery a little more than I usually do and I took a few pictures just past the half way mark. I ran along Bayshore Drive which runs along Tampa Bay. There are homes on one side and a few docks on the other. One of the homeowners actually installed a fire pit and several chairs as well as some beautiful landscaping on the bay side for all the people walking or running by to enjoy. It’s really sweet and I’ve taken advantage of it on several occasions.
I finished my 12 miles in 2:09:56. I wish I could say I ran at a steady pace throughout but I ran a few of the miles too fast and walked during a few of them. I also made the mistake of running hills yesterday and a few hills the day before. That’s not exactly what you want to do the day before your long run. Lesson learned.
I uploaded the data into Garmin Connect when I got home, so I’ll be able to analyze the data and compare it with my future long runs to see what type of progress I’m making.
Did you run today? Was it a long run? Do you notice more people out running today than you saw last year?