On Monday I was weighing the pros and cons of doing a lunchtime run and checked weather.com. - the temperature was recorded as 89 degrees and “Feels like 90”. Knowing what my training has been like with less than a week before my 7+ mile race, I decided to run, even if it meant taking it a little slow.
From my office, my route takes me to the Storrow Drive side of the Charles River - over the Massachusetts Avenue bridge to the Cambridge side of The Charles – along Memorial Drive to The Museum Of Science and back. I estimate the run to be approximately 5 miles.
To help keep my mind off the heat, I decided to make mental observations of the people I saw during my run. Here are the results of my VERY informal survey:
• The number of people running was less than 5% of all the people I observed.
• Male runners = 70%
• Runners over 40 = 40%
• Male runners over 40 years old = 40%
• Female runners over 40 = 30%
• Male shirtless runners = too many (note: no matter how hot it gets I always wear at least a singlet.)
• Female runners in the same category = zero!
• Number of times I smelled a foul odor = 3.
• Runners wearing cotton shirts = 45%
When I returned to my desk, weather.com had increased the temperature slightly:
Feels Like: 92°
My employer provides a small workout room and showers which I utilized upon my return to the office. So, besides having a red face for awhile, I had a productive run in the heat!