That particular run was good, not only for the weather, but also because I set out to run part of it without doing intervals, and I succeeded. This is remarkable in that I attempted to do the same thing the previous week but felt terrible and abandoned that plan pretty quickly. My goal is to work back up to running a 5K without stopping; not that I have any particular 5K race goals in mind, but honestly, it would make running a longer race distance easier if I could get beyond the initial crush of runners before beginning intervals.
Just for comparison, it was 80 degrees with such high humidity that it felt like 85 when we ran two days later, on Saturday morning - and that was at 6:00 am! That planned 5 - 6 mile run morphed into a 4 miler, thanks to the heat and no breeze. Even though I run year-round, it still seems to take me some time to adjust when the weather gets extra hot and humid. But I was fine with shortening the mileage - some days, it's not worth pushing through.
After the run, I got to enjoy some driveway time for the first time in months, which is another benefit of running a shorter distance. We sat around, chatting and trying to stop sweating with the help of chilled washcloths and frozen pickle pops, before changing clothes and heading to Blue Baker, where we spent several hours laughing and having so much fun - since she was in town, Allie met us for breakfast and afterward, said that she understood why we spend so much time with our running group - we ARE fun!
I don't want to alarm you guys, but this was my breakfast at BB:
Fresh fruit - at a bakery. Who DOES this??
Well, I had the fruit plus a side of bacon. I've not gone completely off the rails! But lately I've just been so full after breakfast on Saturdays that I decided to try something lighter for a change...and I felt much better. I didn't even order a cinnamon twist to split with Jeff! I can't promise that I'll be Miss Fruit-and-Bacon every week, and certainly not this coming Saturday, because I have a coupon for a free cupcake and I plan on using it, but I don't always need a bagel sandwich after running.
Yesterday Diane and I ran 4 miles, and it was only 70 degrees (with 100% humidity - yay). I actually felt pretty good during the entire run, which tells me that I'm finally starting to adjust to summertime in Texas - too bad it lasts way longer than what the calendar says, but that's the price we pay for living here. Ah well.