Friday, May 29, 2015

Summer Running

“It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.” 
― Lou Holtz




I just have to laugh about it! 

I. can. not. even. tell you how freaking hard my run felt on Wednesday morning. I tried to concentrate on my breathing, yet I would catch myself gasping. I did so much self-talking I never heard my playlist. I stopped and drank from sprinklers a few times and soaked my upper body in one, and walked a handful of times (and let the Garmin run). 
My attempt to run 6 miles ended at 5.75 - high five!

I need a special shot of tenacity.

Monday (Memorial Day) when I ran, it was late and hot, (I love sleeping in, but paid for it) the humidity wasn't rearing it's ugly head yet...so, I maintained pace fairly well, however, my run went like this...
I'll run 5 miles today, okay maybe 4, well 30 minutes of running is fine, 5K it is!  ¯\_()_/¯

I am a glutton for punishment I guess, because once something kicks my tail that bad, I just want see if I can redeem myself...even if just a hair...
I prevailed this morning, dripping in sweat, but I didn't stop for 5 miles :) 
Not even a sprinkler stop, cruel people...not a one running for me (the nerve)!
Side note: Now that I have washed and worn these super comfy, InknBurn shorts a few times, I can tell you I love them :)  
technically at my last half marathon the humidity kicked my tail all over the place, I trudged to the finish line

Maybe long run has a new meaning in my life...it's now anything over 5 miles :*) Another month, it may be anything over 3 miles.


How are you all adjusting to the heat? 
Fire away :) Are you getting your butt kicked or winning?!
I want to hear all about it 

28 comments:

  1. Ha! I think that's smart to adjust your long run for the summer! I typically run less in the summer because of the heat!

    I am not adjusting yet, but I hope I do soon! Last weekend I had a really hot 4 miler where I had to stop in the shade and drink water a few times! My mouth felt like it was burning, I was so thirsty. Nuts!

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    1. It's amazing how bad heat can your butt, especially in the beginning! I keep reminding myself to slow down, but honestly, my pace was decent because I just want it end lol

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  2. I am getting my butt kicked. I need to deal with it and just get up earlier, but the battle with the alarm wages on, and I am losing that one too! I tell myself come Tuesday (when school gets out) I need to find a better routine!

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    1. I think it will feel much easier once the kids are out for summer! You will get it :)
      My snooze won a round this morning, I really wanted to get 6 miles in but ran out of time.

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  3. Kudos to you for running in humidity! I ran one time in Florida (in a hotel gym which is way worse) and I was literally dripping sweat after 3 miles. Everything was soaked when I was done and I thought I was going to die (#dramatic)

    I'm in Colorado so we are DRY DRY DRY. Plus I run at 5 am so it's nice and cool with no sun up yet. That being said, even though I sported shorts yesterday I was overdressed because I underestimated what 56 degrees would be like (need to lose the head band and light gloves).

    Keep up the great work, Karen!

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    1. I think I would love Colorado :) I had some of my best runs in MT visting my mom, dry there as well :) At this point I can't remember what gloves or layers felt like.
      Early mornings are the best!

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  4. Haha you make me laugh! It is so hard to run in heat- especially since we aren't used to it yet! I have a feeling by the end of June we will all be adjusted and kicking Humidity's ass!

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    1. So far this year I haven't been sick like in the past- hoping I will adjust this go round :)
      I do need to let go of the pace, but I hate that its takes longer lol

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  5. I could only drag myself 2 miles yesterday. I need to run in the morning.

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    1. Trust me, I will have plenty of those day before October rolls around :)

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  6. Heat is no fun, but luckily our version of "heat" up here would probably give you side stitches from laughing so hard. It's hard to make people, especially non-runners, understand that heat is relative: even if the temps are "not that hot" to the average person, it is still hard on the body if you are not acclimated to it after months of running in the 30s-50s. Sudden bouts of heat plagued 2 of my 3 races so far this season, and us runners suffered! If we had run the races in August when we were acclimated to those temps it would be a different story.

    Keep up the good work! Eventually your body will get a little more used to the heat. I am slowly starting to get more tolerant of it, and honestly, I actually enjoy a good hot sweaty run every now and then. It always feels more gratifying in the end, for some reason!

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    1. Absolutely!! Especially where you live, the freak early in the season, hot day can kill ya!
      I seem to better this year, hoping I can adjust better :) Still praying you get a low humidity cool morning for Grandmas!

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  7. I'm supposed to do 5 miles this weekend.... the humidity may have me on the TM for it. I hate humidity.

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    1. I hope you made it!! I will be checking my blog roll early in the week for an update :)

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  8. You. Don't. Have. To. Tell. Me. Butt kicked -- all the way! I'm NOT adjusting to it at all. LOL. Take comfort in the fact you are not alone!

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  9. It's kicking my butt too. I seem to be adjusting to it slower this year. We can do it! :)

    I love your Inkburn shorts.

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  10. You're a champ for pushing through that heat! I am a total heat weenie and I'm already kicking myself for signing up for a marathon on 10/4. Not much heat to speak of here yet but the season is young.

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    1. Ahhhhhh, you are training all summer...I will cheer for you! It is tough stuff :)

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  11. You know what they say, it isn't the heat, it's the humidity! I have to remind myself to slow down so I can get my miles in!

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    1. Yes for sure! Humidity really makes it hard to breath. I am trying to think about time this summer :) An hour is an hour, even if I don't go as far...I will have to see how that plays out over the next month.

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  12. Haha! I think maybe we should just resign ourselves to run/walks or less days of running:) I do think that getting up early is a blessing and a curse, though- I LOVE how low the sun is in the sky, but I struggle against my alarm every morning!

    Luckily the 7 miles at MTT this Saturday weren't TOO bad- you should come run one day in a group and just go slow:)

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    1. That's good you got the 7 miles done :) It seems with each run I start to doubt that I will get over six miles all summer lol I am trying to push through when I can stand it, but I will be doing a lot more walk/runs.
      If I get three runs in a week, I will feel accomplished :)

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  13. Wow, kudos to you for pushing through to 5.75 miles! I'm the WORST at running in humidity... it makes me so frustrated! Only makes you stronger, right? :)

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    1. I sure hope so! There has to be some crazy reason why we do his to ourselves lol
      I get a lot more irritable when it's humid for sure.

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  14. The heat and humidity is killing me!!! My roommate and I set out for a 30 minute run on Sunday morning and I was already dripping sweat 5 minutes in. It's ridiculous!! Hopefully we get used to the heat soon.

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    1. I am trying!! Yes, I've had some super sweaty runs, don't forget to body glide! 30 minutes s a good work out :)

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