I had set up everything the night before:
- GPS watch all charged
- heart rate strap
- iPhone charged
- Dual 22 oz water bottles washed
- Headphones located
I set the alarm for 4:30 am and was up and out the door in 15 minutes after making my usual pre-run shake. When I got to the parking lot at the head of the Peabody Independence Bike path there was nobody there… just the way I like it. It was brutally muggy, 80 degrees with a heat index of 92.. which is *not* the way I like it. I kept the music off for a while so I could just enjoy the sounds surrounding me.
I saw rabbits all over the place as well as deer, geese, frogs, swans and a ton of birds. I kept the pace low and steady and only stopped a few times to take pictures. After a while I switched to an audio book I have been enjoying and lost myself in the run and the book.
It was so muggy and hot eventually my sweat overcame the “moisture wicking” properties of my shirt and I started chafing. I should have taken the shirt off but instead I ignored the symptoms and ended up paying with that awful runners penalty: bloody nipples.