Showing posts with label heat. Show all posts
Showing posts with label heat. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Feels Like 94*

I wanted to try to get 45 min. in tonight but with the shorter days and extreme heat (just go away already) it wasn't going to work out. I waited until as late as I could. It was still really hot; my Garmin stated feels like 94* and it really did. Truthfully, it just put me in a bad mood...isn't running supposed to release good endorphins? I have no tolerance for this latest heat wave.

Running a 5K tonight was worse than 13 this past weekend. I can tell quite a difference running on trail verses pavement. I am already aching in my left hip from tonight's run. I really do need to get back to my trail training. I realized this weekend what an impact changing surfaces has for me. Most of my runs in August were on pavement just because in summer the bugs are worse on the trail and it's just easier to walk out the front door instead of driving to the trails, but I am going to have to get back to going a few times a week.

I did receive my finisher photo tonight from my half marathon. I guess your first half picture doesn't have to be a glamour shot and this surely isn't, but I did feel pretty elated at this moment. Yep, it actually happened.
High Bridge Trail Half

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Some Days are Go Days

When I run alone I often just scoot out with a loose plan and readjust the plan as needed. The heat has caused me to function like GPS.  I leave the house with a route in mind and recalculate when I feel off  (based on how well my body is tolerating the humidity). 

There was a break in the humidity today so no excuse, just go run.

I thought easy pace and maybe I can get a decent distance in. My last long run was 9 miles on August 18th. I have run several times since but all under 4 miles. I realized shortly after taking off  I probably couldn't get more than 7 in before it was too dark so I figured I just better go hard a few miles and burn off the Milky Way (mini) and pound of Humus I ate earlier. 

When I started off  I felt fatigue in my legs and recalculated my 7 miles into a 10K. I kept trying to pace myself, but when I slowed down I felt worse, it was really exhilarating just to keep pumping hard. 

What always puzzles me is that I can't really predict how I am going to feel once I start running. I experienced a little of the "lead legs" when I took off, but by a few miles in I had a decent rhythm going and was jamming to my music. I feel good I pushed myself today. Some days just aren't meant to be an easy pace kind of day. 
 9:33, 9:35, 9:38, 10:12, 10:00, 9:52 , and .2 @1:45

This is a good time for me.  Just once though, I'd like to shave it to under an hour even if it's 59:59. It'd be a bonus if that happens at the Monument Ave. 10K this year.

I love my Brooks, for short runs they are super comfy, but I am not sure if they are the perfect long run shoe for me. 

Still on my search to find something super cushy under the ball of my foot. 


Cool air makes me think of Fall - my favorite time of the year. Oh, I am wearing my compression sleeves while I write out my thoughts. I seriously love how they feel. 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Compression Sleeves ~ Thumbs Up!

The past few weeks have been rough. Lots of up and downs; feeling hot then too cold, feeling fatigued, feeling anxious, not able to sleep enough and in general a lack of motivation. Procrastination is at an all time high...my house is filling up with dust bunnies. If I had to choose to breathe I would be in trouble.

That being said exercise has been taxing. July I struggled through crazy humidity, hot temps, and getting up at 5 a.m.to run. August has been better weather wise, but my body is hitting some kind of wall. I have felt the "lead weight legs" for most of my runs this month. Even after three rest days I just feel leg fatigue when I start running. I have scraped through this, but I am not breaking any speed records. Thursday I ran 8.6 miles in an hour and a half. Friday I ran just shy of 8 miles in 80 minutes. In the past I haven't been able to run on back to back days so I should celebrate getting stronger even if I do feel challenged. 
Yesterday I ran in compression sleeves for the first time (because the temps were cooler). I am in search of a "lead weight" cure.
I love the pink                                                               


I love the squeeze feeling! I need to wear them a few more times to give a thorough opinion, but I love them. I do think they are actually going to be more effective for recovery after long runs. I am wearing them today and I feel energetic and ready to go after just a few hours rest. I think these will be great when winter rolls around. I like my calves warm in the winter and these will be perfect. I need two pairs now, one to run in and one to wear after... :/ No one said running was cheap!

This morning, Saturday, I decided to bike. My legs felt too fatigued to run. Biking is also great for recovery.
I am going to keep working my "lead weights" and stretching and try to push through this latest wall.
Running...will it ever feel easier?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Running with Bats

Yep, that's right I went running with bats. I won't say exactly how early, but it was before the birds chirp!