Hi Guys, Just returned from a business trip to NYC so I thought I would go back to my old home in Lake Hopatcong, N.J.
It's up in the wilds of Sussex county New Jersey and I thought I would take a few runs with some old jogging ghosts.
I re-discovered or better said I forgot what real temperatures and humidity was like 90/90 (90 degrees and 90% humidity). Going out for an easy 5 miler at 11AM created a fountain of sweat running down the arms ,forehead and back.The good part however is that I usually lose a few pounds running in this type of climate. Quite different from the 45 to 55 degrees and dryness of Winter Park, Colorado at 9AM most summer mornings.
BTW, I brought my Vibram barefoot running classics and did I get looks and comments from the locals. I was surprised the running community has not embraced the minimalist movement yet.
My run the next day began at 6AM; which is a much more sensible time to take a 10 miler run in the summer;so much cooler in the early AM.
I also forgot how annoying flying bugs are .The trails around the county are still heavily wooded and wonderfully quiet but the gnats/mosquitos bugs are a pain unless you saturated yourself in bug spray.
Note: I am really not found of bug repellents for the skin-I figure no good can come from it once the stuff is absorbed in the skin and starts floating around the blood stream ,
No bugs to speak of on the high mountain trails in "cool" a RADO. Usually all I have to do is douse yourself in SPF #100 sunblock unless you want your skin to look like a deep friend Twinkie.
Note: Not healthy but delicious and can be found at the Delmar,CA county fair.
With all my whiny complaints there is still something special about running at sea level after I have been training all winter and spring at 9 to 11K altitude. Its amazing to rediscover that you still have a few really fast miles left in you without breathing hard.
Finally, there is the reward that only transplanted Colorado runners can appreciate after a long hot run in NJ;Its a slice of the worlds best hot pepperoni with anchovy pizza washed down with a rolling rock beer (try the Grotto in Hopatcong-say hi to Todd for me).