I did a Park Run in Brisbane yesterday. It was close enough to walk to, just took 20 mins to get there. A good warm up walk for my sore muscles which are no longer used to running. Chatting to the locals summer is too hot and muggy for PBs they just do maintenance runs. I went to the 40 mins starter marker (my time was 39 mins 8 secs 2 days previously) and off we went. I tried to find someone to use as a pacer but everyone around me slowly disappeared off in to the distance, so I just tried for slow and steady. I was a bit worried when Runkeeper announced the first km was well under 7 mins. The half way mark came up pretty quickly and as it was a 'there and back' run I had an idea of where I was up to on the return. Strangely 'back' was much further than there. Then the sun came out full force and I thought I might expire!
This run started a full 2 hours later than I'd gone out on my previous run and was unbearably hot. When I first looked up Australian Park Runs I doubted I'd get to one because they start at 7am. Historically I'm not a morning person. There I was wishing it had started at 6am! As were some of the locals I chatted to. I'd been up at 4:30 with the sun rise. It's the only bearable bit of the day when the humidity is so high.
So I had to give in and walk a couple of times on the return half. Then I put some effort in to the last l dash over the finish line. I was handed bar code 191 and I wasn't last. Runkeeper gave me a time of 35'45". That ladies and gentlemen is a PB! I was soaked to the skin in sweat and had a 20 min 'cool down' walk in the humidity to get back, then a quick shower and off to catch a plane to Sydney.
An electrical storm almost meant the flight didn't go, but we arrived safely only to have to wait for the luggage as 'the tarmac is closed' until the storm was over. All I could see from inside the terminal was sunshine so it was a bit surreal.
I'm going to have to do plenty of stretching. My legs feel like they did when I first started running. I can feel ALL the muscles in them. A couple of days rest I think before my next run.
Top tip for those thinking of running in very hot weather: don't put sunscreen on your face, it ends up running down your face with all the sweat, and stings when it gets in to your eyes.