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Having Something to Look Forward to

Happy Tuesday! Today's definitely a happy day for me, much better than yesterday. I got in a pretty good 7-mile run this morning with Amy. But man, summer has hit full force. It was already 73 degrees with 90% humidity well before 7 am. Let's just say we both looked as if we'd gone swimming rather than running. I could literally wring out my shorts. Ick.

While I do love summer, it does not agree with me for running. I'm finding my pace slowing drastically and the runs are just getting more and more challenging. It's kind of frustrating considering how much progress I have made over the last several months. I know this is fairly typical for most runners, or I think it is. But it's definitely a shot to the old ego.

Does anyone else go through this during the summer - a rapid decline in your capabilities? Speed? And the fact that it feels twice as hard as it should?

Of course, it probably didn't help that Jason and I have gone out on the bikes the past two days. Sunday we did 20 miles, yesterday we got in a little over 15. The good news is that I was more comfortable with both rides. I am learning to take curves better (not huge, widely sweeping arcs) and I've been able to pick up my cadence as well.

I do still get a little panicky right at the start or if I have to pass people. I just don't feel totally confident in my stopping abilities or my control over all. And yesterday was not just hot, but crazy gusting winds. There were times when I thought the wind was just going to topple me.

But the best part of the day had nothing to do with working out. My dad drove up for a visit and I took part of the day off to spend some quality time with him. He only lives an hour away, but sometimes that hour may as well be 5 or 6. It's just enough time where you really have to plan it out. It's not easy to just swing by after work for a visit or dinner. So to get to see him during the week made me one happy daughter.

We didn't have any extravagant plans. It was just about spending time together, catching up. We enjoyed a late lunch together at Jason's Deli. It's honestly been at least 10 years since I've eaten at a Jason's Deli. But they do have one heck of a salad bar! I loaded up my bowl with just about everything I could pile on from beets to edamame and then some.

I feel like I've been all over the place recently with my mood. Definitely had some cry-at-the-drop-of-a-hat moments, just randomly. But having some bright spots to look forward to like a ride with the hubby, run with a good friend, and most definitely lunch with your dad certainly helps.

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