Jul 10, 2012
Are you tired of me being giddy about running yet? Too bad, because I am still all sunshine and rainbows over here. Not to say that it is more than a little difficult to roll out of bed at 4:30 each morning; and not to say that the humidity and heat of an Ohio summer don’t make running a little soggy; but now I am loving my runs so much that I am craving them before the next run comes around. Almost like I crave the Cherry Co-op Bar from Pattycake Bakery. But instead of gooey chocolate and oats and fruit, I am aching for sweat and the thump thump thump of my heart pounding in my chest. Of course, these two craving can (and do) exist simultaneously, but luckily I have much easier access to my running shoes than Pattycake…
Total runs: 6
Total miles: 32.78
Good thoughts: Amy and I are up to double-digits during our long runs. We went for 11 this weekend and we finished stronger than we started. That feels good.
Not-so-good thoughts: HUMIDITY. We are experiencing a little bit of a heat wave here in Central Ohio, and on more than one morning this week, the temperature was pushing 80. Before the sun even came up, people! Add to that the thick, sticky humidity that is special to an Ohio summer, and some of these runs have been pretty gross. No big complaints, though, because I have my trusty FuelBelt and am running home toward air-conditioning. All positive thoughts here!
Featured running gear: My Garmin Forerunner. I will be the first to tell you that this is a luxury, not a necessity. But, my oh my, how I love this little gadget. It has seriously changed the way I train. It tells me my pace, my time, my distance, and my heart rate, all while I am on the road. And then when I get home, it automatically uploads to my computer and shows me a map of my route, my elevation gains, and all kinds of fun graphs and charts to help me qualify my run. There is even a feature where I can race against an imaginary running partner! I know that people have been running with these for years now, but I have only had mine for ten days and it is still super exciting and new to me. Because, you know, I needed to be more excited about this whole training thing, right?
Vegan thoughts: I admit it. I am hungry. A cheeseburger would be lovely right now. But I am also convinced that I am running stronger and better than ever, and I am equally sure that my diet has everything to do with that. I have started eating a couple of dates before I go out, and that seems to be a good way to give me a quick energy boost without resorting to gels and whatever else they market to runners. I haven’t had to eat during a run yet, so we will see what I can come-up with when that time comes.