|Photo courtesy of the State Library and Archives of Florida|
You might have noticed that tomorrow is the first day of winter. I bring this up because it is relevant to my request.
I have not asked you for anything in years, but this year there is one thing I need.
Now, I know what you're thinking, and I promise I'm not asking for a Boston Qualifying marathon time or guaranteed entry into the New York City marathon. I realize that I can only do those things on my own.
What I am asking for is something much simpler, especially given that it's winter already. So here goes..
Please STOP THE HUMIDITY!
Seriously. It is 94 percent humidity with temperatures in the mid-70s in northwest Florida today. This sauna is supposed to continue for the rest of the week.
I can't wear my eyeglasses outdoors because they fog up and I can't see. It has stopped raining, but my 5-mile run this morning left me so sweaty that there might as well have been torrential downpours given how drenched I was post-run.
I've heard that training through heat and humidity will make me a stronger runner, and that when I get a chance to run in cooler weather, I'll see the results.
But here's the thing... I can't see those "results" if it never cools off.
So, dear Santa, please find it in your heart to give me a couple of months of cool running weather. Or at least turn down the humidity. I don't ask for much... maybe just January and February for a start.
If you give me this one gift, I promise to log lots of long runs and to be kind to others in 2012.
Beth (i run like a girl)