|Local quarry at sunrise|
|View from Cami road up to Castle above Alfuir|
|Stony trails require nibble footwork|
I celebrated my 44th birthday and my parents took us all out for a great meal at Javea (pronounced "Have e a"), even the tourist spots like this were a real visual treat too.
|Meal overlooking the bay and sunset at Javea.|
Having explored most of the local trails and Cami roads immediately around Alfuir I started mapping out longer morning runs, the first took up over a mountain pass and took around 1hr 40 minutes. The trail on the pass was very broken and provide lots of practice of running lightly on my feet as the my new F-Lite 232's are pretty minimal, so you feel all the terrain underfoot - they feel little like a light slipper but with supper grip.
The views were stunning, all while the rest of the family were still sleeping.
When the family were up we'd go to the beach and shopping and all the traditional tourist stuff, but my morning runs were by contrast like a secrete world that few but local mountain goats will enjoy.
|View from hill above Alfuir|
|Cool shade amongst trees|
|View back towards hill above Alfuir|
|After following small trails for 40 minutes amongst tree it's a relief to pop out to sign post and big trails, La Safor in distance|
After taking it easy with runs in the heat of the day and not having any problems I headed out at the hottest time of day for short tempo run just to explore what point my body was unable to get rid of the heat, running in 33 degree C at 6:40 pace I coped just fine. Whilst running in the sun I stayed dry and seemingly sweat free as all the sweat was evaporating as fast as I was producing it, it was only when I stopped and took off my T-Shirt in the cool and still air of the house that suddenly was I aware of just how much my body was working to keep me cool - I was almost instantly covered in sweat. I find this adaptation to exercising in the heat quite extraordinary, something that is pretty special about humans.
Another aspect of my heat adaptation, beyond sweating profusely, was reduced salt loses. Previously when running in hot conditions I'd find myself caked in salt, if any sweat dripped down into my eyes it would sting like crazy. Instead I now found that my sweat was far less salty and more like plain water - my sweat glands had adapted to preserve salt. For all the heat and fatigue I attempted to induce I never once had a cramp, my body just adapted.
For all my adaptation to running comfortably in the heat of the day, at night I struggled to sleep. Our bedroom would be 27 degrees at 11pm, I found that I would sweat but unless there was a breeze over my skin it wouldn't evaporate so I struggled to keep cool and had rather restless nights for the first week. Leaving a fan on all night cured the problem, the room was still just as warm but my sweat could be wicked away and heat with it.
By 10 days into the holiday I considered myself extremely well adapted to the heat, handling it far better than I ever expected to be able to. So for all who dread running in the heat, just give it time, let your body adapt by challenging it to the heat progressively and you'll be amazed about just what gift our evolutionary past provided for.