Is it fall yet? I swear every time I try to run outside it’s hot as hell and humid as all get out. Trying to inhale in the stuffy, muggy air is like trying to claw your way through a vat of jello. Not even a half of a mile into the run, I am drenched in sweat and feeling sticky. By the time I am dome with three miles, my brain is going “Seriously, are we done yet?”
Oh, Summer Running – I loathe thee.
BUT – I want to believe that all this summer running will have a real positive impact for fall running and my race season. I thrive when it’s cooler outside and not 112 degrees in the shade, and running in this heat might teach me a thing or two. Right now, all it’s teaching me is a lesson in hydration and determination.
I am for sure signed up for the Space Coast Half on Thanksgiving Weekend. I will be signing up for the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon here in Jacksonville, as well as the Jax Bank Half Marathon in December. The Tour de Pain is next weekend, and it’s still summer running, but I’ll take it.
I need to register for the half marathon in San Antonio at the end of August, but I had to put a battery in my car instead, so maybe next paycheck. Races are so expensive! I’m lucky to be able to have half of my races comp’d since I work at a tv station that promotes them. But it still costs a pretty penny to get them all done.
Speaking of cost – I need new shoes! My current pair of Mizuno Wave Inspire 10s are starting to wear very thin, and I’m feeling every step in my knees and IT bands, so it’s well past time. Amazon has them for $103, so I might splurge and get them. A few places in town has them in stock now, but they charge a bit more and since I’m on a tight budget, Amazon might be the way to go.
So back to summer running: I never get how people can run 8 minute miles or faster in this kind of heat. I’m lucky if I can get 13 minute miles. My goal every run is to have an average pace LESS than 13 minutes. I tell myself that if I can do that, then I know come the fall when it’s cooler, my time can be closer to the 12 minute mile I want to be at by the end of the year. (realistically, I’d like to be closer to my 11:30 average I was pre-surgery, but hey – I’m working on it)
Tell me, am I the only one who is over the heat and humidity, and is ready for the fall? I can almost taste it – pumpkin everything, hot mulled cider, mulled wine, apple cobbler with oatmeal… not to mention cooler temperatures. I’m ready for it. SO ready for it.