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Cooling Down and Way to Go Wednesday

Halfway through the week! This morning I had to get up early to take my sis to the airport. I would have taken today as my rest day, but since I was already up at the crack 'o dawn, I decided to get in a run.

I won't even say how hot and humid it was, that's just going to be how it is from here until October. Gotta suck it up and deal with it I suppose. I was feeling pretty good even after having run 9 miles yesterday. Maybe it's because I'm embracing my Summer Pace and not pushing myself harder than I should.

With that in mind, I set out with no set distance or time. I fell into a pretty nice pace. I absolutely zoned out too and 3 miles flew by. So I decided to keep on keeping on. I ended up with 6 miles. I was a sweaty, hot mess and it looked like I'd been swimming. Since I already looked that way, why not jump in the pool right?

I started keeping a bathing suit downstairs so I could quickly change and jump into the pool. I worry about the chlorine ruining my running gear. Not only does getting in the pool help me cool down, stretching in the pool feels fantastic. No stress or tension, a great way to take away pressure especially after having been pounding away on the joints for 50 minutes or so.

What's your favorite way to cool down after a hot workout? Cold showers definitely help as do ice packs on the neck.

I can't leave without some Way to Go Wednesday shout outs.

Krysten from The Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail is officially a triathlete!

Natalie from This Mama Can Run set a new PR for bench press.

Brian from Pavement Runner has some fantastic news - not only was he recently in Runner's World (hello awesome) he's now starting a digital magazine - check it out!

My dad who has started a run/walk routine. It's nice to think that we're out there running virtually together in the mornings.

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