- Written by Terri Huddleston Terri Huddleston
- Category: 2017 Tuscaloosa Half Marathon 2017 Tuscaloosa Half Marathon
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On most of my running days, it should be “Sweatin with the Oldies” because lately that’s what I’m feeling. Welcome to Summer in the South! Roll Tide! After my poor showing at one of my favorite races “Mule Kick 5K” in Gordo, I realized Nelly said it best “It’s Gettin Hot in Here”. So, what better topic for “Tammy’s Two Cents” but Running in the Heat.
I get several magazines for running and also many, many articles on facebook. Just recently, I came upon one concerning warm weather racing tips from Competitor.com. So, the light bulb popped up over my head, and I knew what I needed to share. I totally suffer with this, even more so now that I’ve - let’s say - become more seasoned. I would use the term “mature”, but that term could be questioned by some.
I thought I would use all the songs I could think of, that are related to the heat, to make this more fun, so feel free to sing along.....
Watching the Olympics you just can’t help getting caught up in the excitement and fascination with these world class athletes. They have worked and sacrificed their whole lives for their one chance to shine. Most of the athletes have worked so hard at their sport in relative obscurity until bursting upon the international stage in this once every four years stage. When does the average sports fan care about swimming or rowing or archery or sailing (yeah, there is sailing) anytime other than to root for the USA during the Olympics? Quite a social phenomenon.
As “weekend warriors” as we all are, we have a bit of a different view in that we somewhat understand more than the average viewer the dedication and sacrifice and skill required by these exceptional athletes. We know what it’s like to get up aton a weekend to get in a workout before it gets to hot, to drag yourself through what seems like endless miles getting ready for a half or a full marathon, we understand the heartbreak of getting hurt just before a big event we had trained so diligently for months for. We have had moments of both “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat”. So, we look upon the Olympics with a more educated set of eyes.