This morning was the second race, and second 5K in the Memphis Runners Track Club Road Race Series. And while the temperature was not quite as high as 2 weeks ago, the humidity was absolutely oppressive. By the end of the race, I looked like I had completed a 5K in a pool, not the street. Add this to my miscalculation not to drive to the event, but rather run/jog/walk to it, and I had a miserable morning.
I decided to go to the race on foot because I needed a long day according to my training plan, so I thought that adding the 2.5 miles each way to the venue plus the race, and I would almost have my mileage done. Instead, it accelerated my sweating process, and after mile 1 of the race, the wheels fell off. I ended up run/walking to my worst 5K finish in 3 years. There was not a dry stitch of clothing on my body, including my shoes and socks And I still had to get home!
In the end, I finished close to the same spot as I did 2 weeks ago, so I am guessing that I am not the only person that was sacked by the humidity. I am, however, 1/5 of the way towards the coveted road warrior status, and will hopefully run stronger in 2 weeks for the first 5 mile race of the series.