The annual Varsity Sports Summer Series is held during the summer months at Varsity Sports Mandeville. The four 2 mile fun runs take place in June and July. Wednesday was race #3 and the theme was Rock N Roll.
The word of the day was hot. The second word of the day was humidity. You get the picture. I was concerned about the heat going into this race because I was having trouble running in the afternoon on Monday. The heat has been near record breaking in southern Louisiana and the heat index has been averaging 110-115.
I decided to forget a costume this week since it was too hot at the last race. We were fortunate to have a few clouds roll in right at the start. My strategy was to go out slower than last time so I did not wear out as fast.
I kept a 7:20 pace for the first mile. It was hot but running under the shady oak trees helped out. Entering mile 2 I somehow was in 1st. Usually I slow down for my second mile but I kept the same pace. My strategy seemed to be working.
I finished the 2 mile race in 14:45 for 1st. It was only 5 seconds faster than the last race but I felt a lot better. I think I may be getting accustomed to this heat……no, not really.
Even though I drank 4 bottles of water before the race and two bottles after I was still dripping in sweat. My race friend, who was first race-walker, and I decided to celebrate with some Michelob Ultra and it was delicious. I don’t drink a lot of beer but nothing taste better than an ice cold beer after a run.
Asics was the sponsor for the race and had a demo tent set up. Runners got to try the new Gel-Quantum 360. The winner of the scavenger hunt won a pair!
I received a cool running bag from Asics for 1st place.
The summer finale, race #4, will be Wednesday July 29 at Varsity Sports Mandeville.
Until next time!