Life keeps moving at such a fast pace, it gets harder and harder to find time to write.
Summer running stinks!
I hate hot, 100 degree runs. In fact, most days it is just 90 – 95, but with the humidity it can be as much as 15 degrees hotter outside. Add black asphalt and a 3:00PM run, and – well you get the point.
So I’ve made some changes.
I’ve started playing tennis with TJ a couple times a week for the past few weeks. It has been a lot of fun and it is much easier to play tennis for an hour or two in 100 degrees then to run 5 miles.
Also, RS has made incredible progress at the Y lifting weights and working out. In 3 months he went from a fairly normal, slightly overweight teenager to six pack abs and thin and trim. I must say that although I never wanted to cross train or do anything but run, now I see the value. So I’ve joined the Y with him and yesterday was our first workout. Needless to say, I can’t lift my arms above my head today, LOL. Actually as he was showing me what he does, an Iraq war vet came over to help. He basically told me that I needed to start slow, get a balance and be patient for about 3 weeks. Once I was able to lift a bar without weights for 3 reps of 20, then I could move on. I could tell he knew what he was talking about. We didn’t stay to long as I needed to meet TJ at the tennis courts, but it was a good beginning. After being at the gym for 45 minutes, I proceeded to play 90 minutes of tennis.
So my quest for the long run and another marathon is on a bit of a hold while I adjust to my new routine. I’m not stopping running all together though. I’ll run 2 -3 times a week and do other exercise the rest of the week. My goal is to get through the summer without giving up on my 3+ years of fitness and weight loss. I honestly think if I tried to go through a 4th summer of just running in the afternoon heat, I would have just given up.
Life keeps moving at the speed of light. I’m just trying to keep up!!!
Good job. Sounds like you’re getting some great advice so just keep it going! Chris
Thanks. It was great and very helpful!!!
I’m too much of a wuss to run outside in the summer, so I enjoy doing other types of exercise – preferably with air conditioning!
I’m becoming a bigger and bigger wuss myself. Funny, my weight had plummeted since I started doing different workouts. Not a bad benefit. 🙂