Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The (Running) Heat is On

This morning Jason got up early with me for a morning rundate. I knew it was going to be warm, but when I actually checked the weather I was really shocked: 77 degrees, 85% humidity and dew point of 72 at 5:30 am. Yowzers.

We got moving and kept the pace relatively slow and steady. There was virtually no breeze to speak of. Usually running in the wind can be miserable, but sometimes having a breeze can be a blessing to help cool you down. No such luck. At least the sun wasn't high in the sky though.

There were some sprinklers on near a park we run through. The water was warm so that didn't help out one bit. The pond started looking pretty inviting I must say. By the time we hit the house, 6 miles later, it looked like we had gone swimming. It's about time to keep a bathing suit downstairs so I can change into then jump into the pool to cool down (note for Friday's run).

It was definitely not an easy peasy run. But, keeping a much slower pace made it more manageable. I know I went through this whole dilema last summer about the heat/humidity just killing my runs. It's going to be really hard to re-program my mindset and make it ok, necessary, to slow down. If I don't, I know I'm going to end up dreading running all summer, and that's not a good thing.

I ended up going ahead and getting in weights during my lunch break. I've been adding in drop sets recently to sort of change things up. I went with back, shoulders and legs. And got in a pretty good burn by the end - hello shaky legs trying to go back downstairs!

Because I've started having a lot of pain in my glutes/piriformis/ischial tuberosity area again, I did add in some additional band exercises and glute bridges in addition to deadlifts. I think I've forgotten what it feels like to not have some sort of ache or pain at this point. Not a good place to be of course.

I feel like I've not been terribly creative with cooking lately, and haven't had any recipes or even workouts for that matter, to share. I did, however, make a really interesting grilled salad last night that I plan on sharing next week - Grilled Peaches, Beets and Tofu Salad.


Have you been grilling up anything fun and creative lately? I love grilling, but usually end up grilling the same thing over and over, in the same way. Lots of grilled veggie salads.

Before I leave you, I did want to share some Way to Go Wednesday shout outs. Feel free to share yours as well, I always enjoy reading them.

Brian at Pavement Runner for another marathon in the books at the recent San Diego Marathon.

Ashley at Healthier Happier Bear for a new 10K PR.

Amy - my running partner - for taking 1st in her age division at a recent 5K.