Y’all, it has been scorching! The mercury blew out the thermometer at 93 degrees on Tuesday. And we still don’t have working air conditioning. Yes, I am furious, and yes I did force the apartment complex to get us a hotel room. Turns out calling the complex manager’s boss will get a lot done. They say the HVAC guy will be here today to put in a new furnace since apparently the one they put in before we moved in was put in incorrectly. So basically, this has reinforced the valuable lesson that the squeaky wheel gets the oil.
Anywhoodle, on to summer running! I’ve been running alone a lot lately. At first I was really upset about it because I wasn’t used to it anymore, but I’m starting to enjoy my runs alone (not that I’m sad to run with others). I’m back down to only doing 2 miles, but I feel like I’m learning to run all over again, which is partly due to decreasing my mile times by 30 seconds to a minute. So, anyways, things I’m doing lately:
1. Less is more. And by this, I mean, the less clothes the better! Personally, I hate loose sprint shorts (my crotch sucks them up) and I feel like the spandex ones give me cameltoe (be honest with yourself, ladies, CT is never ok), so I’ve discovered the wide world of running skirts! I first saw them on Tall Mom and she always looks so good in them, so when I saw a bunch in at my beloved Fleet Feet, I bought 2.
2. Sun protection! Now that it’s getting rather light by 6, I’m running in daylight every morning. Admittedly, I am incredibly fair (thus why my legs and arms glow in the dark), so I really don’t tan. Regardless, tanning is not a sign of good health! I feel very strongly that our society encourages us to look unhealthy by teaching us that tan is sexy. Anyways, my point is I’m layering on my SPF 50 (you really don’t need higher than SPF 35, but I’m allergic to a lot of sunscreens, so I use what I can) and I wear my sunglasses to protect my delicate corneas. I do leave the sunny g’s off for the early parts of my run because 10-15 minutes of sunlight helps me wake up and keeps the depression monster at bay.
I hope we can still be friends despite my objections to tanning. I’ve seen the effects of UV radiation on skin and it is awful. And cancer sucks.
3. Stand up straight! I’m finding that if I stand up straight, look ahead, and open up my shoulders I can get a lot more air. I’m asthmatic, so this muggy, humid nastiness is making it much harder to get the air in with my allergy inflamed lungs. I’m sure this upright, good posture stuff will apply in winter though, too. I’m also learning to keep my arms relaxed and not clench my fists. This coincides with my increases in speed.
4. Water! I think this speaks for itself. I drink more water all day (at least a glass an hour once I get home). I’m not hydrating for my 2 milers, but I will start Gu-ing and using my salt pills for anything a whole lot longer.
5. Shower the instant you get home. This is less about running and more about not being gross. I get wicked body break outs if I don’t shower right away and I’ve noticed I have a slightly more awesome stank going after runs these days. Why yes, my husband does find me incredibly sexy, was it the giggling at my own farts that gave it away?
In other news, we have a wedding this weekend, so we’ll be heading to my hometown and spending a few day with Mr. Big Pants starting tomorrow. I’m gonna run the hills of Western PA on Saturday for 2 miles (I’m wincing thinking about it) and then watch two of my favorite fraternity brothers get married (co-ed fraternity). I’m hoping to update before the wedding, but I probably won’t get a lot of time to read your blogs.
So, tell me friends, any big plans this weekend? I know Kara has her 50K on Saturday and is going to rock it (and hopefully not have to poop in a hole)! Anyone else racing? Any advice for summer running? Anyone tried running skirts?