Another tough, hot and humid Key West 9 miles. Part of what made this a harder run than yesterday was carrying my water. I’m definitely not used to running a 7 min/mi pace carrying 7ish pounds on my back. Also the humidity continues to make breathing and running hard. It’s not like I’m breathing through a straw but it’s close.
I went north today like I planned yesterday hoping to see some interesting scenery and wildlife. I was sadly disappointed. The south route was definitely more scenic. This was the nicest view I saw on my run.
As for wildlife, I heard a lot of rustling in the bushes but never saw anything wild. I did however see some of these…
Here Comes the Rooster!
These guys are all over the island. Apparently it’s part of the “charm” that is Key West. This particular guy came right up to me as I was taking his picture. Apparently he has no fear of humans. I think I know what I’m having for dinner tomorrow!
I am not used to this humidity! As soon as I started running today I could feel the strain on my lungs as they tried to take in the heavy air. It was cloudy when I left so the heat wasn’t a factor for a majority of the run. I was so happy that I only had to contend with the humidity at the start. That and the unfamiliarity of running in a new place.
I was scheduled to run 9 miles today so I decided on an out and back along the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail which runs alongside Highway 1.
I’m staying on Boca Chica Island and I thought a run to Key West Island and back would be a good way to see the scenery. (Side note, I didn’t have a camera with me this time but I will be taking it with me on later runs) I was right. The water was extremely blue/aqua and I even saw a giant wild iguana. I’m not gonna lie, it kind of scared me because it was so unexpected. I never see stuff like that back home.
I struggled in a few spots during this run. Mile 3 had me in stomach pain, luckily I found a gas station with a restroom. From 6 to 7 the sun came out and I was really starting to feel the effects of the heat and humidity. I was drenched in sweat and probably should have been running with water but didn’t because I was convinced I could handle it. I pushed through and finished strong but I definitely had to talk myself into running the last mile. I wanted to stop and walk but I didn’t and I’m happy I didn’t. I don’t always win those mental battles but when I do, I definitely feel a great sense of accomplishment.
I think for tomorrow’s run I’m going to head north and check out some of the other views that the Lower Keys have to offer.
MEB WON THE BOSTON MARATHON!!!
Tonight’s run was very easy. Coach wanted me to take it slow so that I’m not too sore when I travel this week.
My goal was to stay between 7:30-8:00 min/mi which I managed for the most part. Now it’s time to get some rest. I plan on getting up early to watch the marathon before I leave for work.