I've already conjured up a nonstop self-supported 150-mile Coast to Coast traverse of the peninsula from Atlantic (St. Augustine) to Gulf (Withlacoochee Bay) utilizing the 110-mile Cross Florida Greenway, Florida Trail and St. John's River to Sea Loop. I think about it often on daily 5 to 10-mile trail runs while buzzing from the irrepressible heat. I naively fantasize the comfortable numbness miraculously enduring for the entire traverse while Jimi's waterfall plays in the background.
It was all I could do to finish in under 4 hours (3:56). I'm happy with this effort. I also (successfully?) experienced some interesting pains, including severe heat exhaustion. Shortly after finishing, I felt a tingly sensation in my extremities, lips and even my tongue. It was hard to stand up without feeling faint. It seems that getting to A/C ASAP is part of the answer. The take-away is that I have a lot more to learn about myself and this crazy state before crossing the peninsula on foot...
Back to reality, I can't remember the last time I ran such a daunting distance, especially in these conditions!
It was time for a little reality check (just a teeny, tiny wafer-thin marathon) starting/finishing from the First Magnitude Brewery at 3:00 pm today and hopping onto the nearby Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail. One of the goals for this run was to reacquaint myself with some familiar (and not so familiar) pain in the 90+ degree heat. Lily joined me (on bike) and snapped some pics (below):
|Heat of the day, ready to roll?!|
|The trail skirting Paynes Prarie|
|Fried at the turnaround (markers start 1.75 miles from brewery)|
|Lucky to have Lily along for the ride!|
|Evening light (and shade) on the return|
|Severe heat exhaustion symptoms set in after finish|
|...Nothing a little beer (plus A/C, potato chips and water) can't fix, right?|