Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WWU - Heatwave

There's our usual hot in Texas, and then sometimes it's extra hot in the form of a heatwave, which much of the southwest is experiencing right now.  Last week, our temps were in the 90s, with the feels like temps in the 103 - 105 range, and the morning lows were near 80.  Running becomes extra challenging at this point, but I'm pleased to say that we didn't let the hot weather stop us from getting out there.

Diane and I got our Tuesday run of 4 miles in (intervals), and our Thursday run with 2.25 miles in (intervals, then 1.25 miles running w/o stopping).  Saturday, it was really hot, but Cary, Diane, and I took it easy for a four mile interval run, and while we thought we were struggling during the last mile because it felt so hard, turns out we were just doing negative splits once again; that last mile felt hard because we were pushing it!  My theory is that we unconsciously run faster once we get closer to the clubhouse...makes sense, right?

The best thing about being done with our Saturday run would be the cold washcloths:
These bring us back to the land of the living!

After we sort of stopped sweating long enough to change clothes, we headed over to Blue Baker, where the cinnamon rolls looked exceptionally good - Brian's was perfection:
Cue Jimmymeow showing his partially-eaten cinnamon roll for the photo bomb, LOL!

Topics of discussion during breakfast included a lesson on sailboats:
In case you were wondering, you can make a lot of parts of a sailboat sound dirty...

And then we all looked up what the hit song was for each of our birthdates.  Most of us had decent songs (mine was "It's My Party" by Lesley Gore), but Jeff got skunked with Pat Boone's Love Letters in the Sand - ha!  It's always a fun time with our group, and obviously very random as to what we end up talking about during breakfast.

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Yesterday's 4 miler with Diane was hard - not only because of the hot and humid weather, but also because I was a little sore from playing Frisbee on Sunday evening...lunging after the Frisbee used some different muscles than plain old running, which tells me that I should be doing different activities more often.  That first mile was a rough one, but we powered through.  I was so sweaty afterward that everything I was wearing was soaked through - even my visor was completely wet.  Gross, I know.

At this point, I'll be lucky to keep up with my 4 mile runs throughout the summer, but this is why we don't do a half marathon in the fall - can you imagine having to train and run longer distances in this weather?  Summer is for slacking off and having fun...we might just have to go buy a Frisbee!

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  1. It sounds like your group has a great time together! Love it! Those cinnamon rolls look amazing! Great job not letting the summer heat slow you guys down!!

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    1. We pretty much always manage to have a great time - our running group is very dear to me.

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  2. We've had a few hot days over the past week--just a taste of what you guys experience all summer long--and it made for some tough runs!

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    1. I don't think I give myself enough credit for continuing to run through the summer - it's normal to me, but it's also really challenging.

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  3. You guys are to be admired for running in your summer heat. I had a small taste of that when we went to the Outer Banks and let me tell you, the days I went out to run, I was looking for shade if the sun had come up!

    Yes to more Frisbee - play like a kid for great fitness!

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    1. I couldn't run in daylight hours - that sun beating down is just too much for my ghost skin, LOL.

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  4. Aw thats interesting about the hit song. Did you just look up which song was #1 for that week of the year or are their certain songs for specific days?
    It finally cooled off here but I've been to sick to run..boo!

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    1. It's by the week, actually. Hope you get well soon so you can enjoy running in your cooler weather!

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  5. 80 degrees in the morning?! Yikes! That's awesome that you guys are still sticking with it, despite the heat. I get the logic of speeding up when you're almost done, but I can never seem to do that in the heat - I just seem to wilt and melt!

    I was curious, so I looked it up - "Bette Davis Eyes" was #1 when I was born. I don't love that song (it's not as good as "Morning Train," which was #1 when I was due).

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    1. I love Morning Train - think I could sing every word by heart, LOL.

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  6. I looked up mine... it was Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye by Steam. Which is kind of sad because my twin brother was still born.

    The summer heat definitely says "slow down and take it easy". I've been getting up and walking at 5am to beat the heat, but it's already 75-80 at that time.

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  7. Every time I sign up for an early fall half, I wonder why. It is hard to get the miles done when it is hot and humid (and I don't even live in TX.

    So I just do what I can and don't worry about times for the fall ones. Keep in mind for the spring ones, I have to deal with ice and snow.

    Never a perfect time to train for a big race LOL

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    1. You are so right about there never really being a perfect time to train for a race...well, maybe if you lived in California. Too bad I wasn't a runner back when I lived there!

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  8. I've been feeling sorry for myself with our heat wave. But even when I'm grousing, I know its NOTHING compared to heat AND humidity! Plus there's the fact that I"m not out trying to run. Heck, if I don't do it in the early morning, a walk doesn't even happen.

    Fun times at BB :))

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    1. Do you have A/C in your house? And the thing with your heatwaves, it that they aren't normal...I remember the week of heat that we'd get in Santa Clara when I was growing up was MISERABLE. Of course, we didn't have A/C in our house because we didn't need it - imagine that!

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  9. I love how much fun you have with your group! And that you have friends to run with during this horrible weather! Have you been thinking about how this is just the start of it? Sometimes I do... eek!!!!

    Wow. The list of top billboard songs from the year I was born kicks ass. I love 80s music. My song is "When Doves Cry."

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    1. Well I WASN'T thinking of that, LOL. ;)

      You had a great song!

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  10. I almost always run my last mile (or last portion of a mile) faster....most definitely because I'm trying to get it done!!!! Hahaha

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    1. I think it's a thing, that running faster toward the end!

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  11. Great job running in that heat! Those cinnamon rolls look good!

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  12. Oh man, the notorious pre-shower. The worst. lol ;)

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  13. Ugh - the heat. Climate change is real. I find I start pushing it near the end of a ride because I know I am so close to being done! Sometimes John has to tell me to slow down LOL!

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