Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Run for the Redfish Recap

This was the half I was going into with "no expectations".  My oldest son enjoys this half and we don't get the opportunity to do many races together, so of course I said YES .  Well let me just sum it up in one word:  FOGGY.  And of course, fog = humidity...my nemesis.  Ugh!  It was too warm as well.  Had I not looked at the calendar before leaving home, I would sworn I was running in August. The fog never lifted.  Not. All. Day.

Our view.  Can you see the water?  I promise it's there!

I'm glad now I planned to run this one for "fun" because my performance suffered.  Had this been a goal race for me, I would be devastated.  {It's disappointing enough as it is.}  The route is out and back right along the beach with very few hills.  I actually started out on target but by mile 8, I was completely zapped.  Done.  Over.  The Fat Lady Sang.  That's what the humidity does to me.  Thankfully, I was able to keep the cramps at bay.  That's the other thing I typically deal with in these conditions.

The weather is no fault of the race itself.  It's a very well done smaller race with plenty of nearby parking and easy packet pickup.  I can't complain about a flat route with stunning ocean views.  The after party is hosted by Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville.  I mean, come on, it doesn't get any better.  They served Landshark on draft and seafood gumbo.  You get a very nice long sleeve tech shirt and the entry fee is nominal, compared to others.

Looking for my lost shaker of salt...

Shirt Front
Shirt Back -- Even Better
Oddly, there is  little crowd support.  There are people at the finish but really not on the course.  I saw a few chalked messages but that's about all the Rah Rah we got.  I'm OK with that.  I supposed one reason could be because it's in a tourist town.  Also, we were told they are not allowed to close the roads.  So within 2 weeks I ran completely opposite half marathons.  Ultimate spectators to none.  No cars to honking drivers.  Hilly to flat.  This was a completely different experience, and I have no problem with that whatsoever.  That's what makes each race unique and challenging in its own right.




All in all, we had a fun trip.  We finished, although both slower than we should have (me 2:09 and he 1:59).  We'll definitely repeat this one.  I think it's become a tradition.  I got a little Christmas shopping done, we watched the SEC championship game (RTR) and ate delicious seafood.  {Let me just say, eating Oysters Rockefeller and listening to geriatric karaoke are an unbeatable combination.}

Does anyone else have problems running in humidity?  Or, is it just me?  I'd love to hear from you!

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30 comments:

  1. Humidity is always difficult, and I have run far too many Disney races in those conditions. I was primed for a 10k PR in February, but the temperature coupled with 100% humidity made it impossible. Still placing in my AG was nice, but not the PR I was after. Nice that you got to run with your son (or not with him but at the race) and the karaoke has left an indelible image in my mind!

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    1. I'm ready for a nice and crisp cool race, for sure!

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  2. Oh gosh, NO, you are not alone with the humidity, and I feel like it's too late in the year to be messing around with it! Hee hee. I still think your time is stellar :)

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    1. I couldn't believe the weather...in December.

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  3. Yes, I ran a half in July & I almost passed out after. My hubby & I are Jimmy Buffet fans so the after -party sounds great. I would be thrilled with a 2:09...just saying.

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    1. Love Jimmy Buffet! Christmas Island is one of my favorite Christmas songs. (He makes a killer margarita too.) I am grateful for the sub 2:10, but I want a sub 2:00 so bad I can almost taste it!

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    2. You will get it! I want a sub 2 so that I can get into the NYC half but I got quite a ways to go.

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    3. I hope so. It's been difficult this year. I know you can do it too!!

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  4. You're definitely not alone. Humidity shuts me down. I'll take zero over hot and humid any day. Glad you had fun with it!

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    1. Even though I know I can't run well in the humidity, it still shakes my confidence. I love a cold race too!

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  5. I really admire you for not giving in after feeling done at mile 8! Humidity is the worst, for sure. But it sounds like overall a good experience with your son!

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    1. I did so much of this during the summer. I want better weather!

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  6. Great job on finishing the race in that humidity. I actually don't mind running in the heat. I'd rather that then the cold. That after party seems well worth registering for the race. How fun! -L

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  7. Humidity makes running hard, but I'd do it if I had a son racing, too!

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    1. Absolutely. The last one we ran together was this race last year. So I have to take the opportunity when I can.

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  8. Humidity is a killer! I'm already dreading and excited about my half in Sarasota in March. Last March I ran in St Petersburg and it was a killer. No goal times for my Florida halfs, for sure! Great job!

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    1. You just never know. I'm running another in FL on the 28th and hoping for better weather.

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  9. I know humidity can be a killer, I don't have trouble with it but I know a lot of people who do and it seems like it can really take it's toll on ya! I remember my first humid run was in Florida DWM and it took me a while to get used to be soaking wet before I even started to run, LOL.
    Sounds like despite the humidity it was a pretty good run and it sounds like it was a fun trip:) Congrats to you both on your awesome finishes!

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    1. Thanks. I keep thinking I'll get used to it. Hasn't happened yet!

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  10. Humidity is the WORST! Strange that they can't close the roads. Did they at least block off a lane for you?

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    1. Humidity should be a four letter word! No we didn't get a lane either. Both shoulders are narrow bike lanes but they are not wide enough.

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  11. The shops look cute! Oh my...humidity is like a death for me. I get so nauseous and lightheaded in summer, it's just miserable. That's why I almost gave up and ran on the treadmill 80% of the time this year. Even at 5 a.m. in summer I would struggle to get 11 min. miles. I love winter for this reason. I think you did really great in humid conditions!! At least you race a lot and you can take advantage of those great days!

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    1. Thanks, I have one more to go this year. Maybe I'll get lucky with the weather.

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    2. You could write a heck of a yearly race recap!!

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  12. I loved racing with my son too! Humidity is the pits although right now I would love some

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    1. Now I'm home running in the upper 20s before daylight. Never satisfied. LOL

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  13. I do terribly with humid runs...but its so weird since I feel like its been so long since I had to deal with that kind of weather! And this morning while I was running in the cold wind, I was wishing for summer running!

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    1. I never thought I'd have to deal with it in December either. Very weird.

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