No. It was a terrible idea. A terrible route. I should be fired from creating our routes, it was so bad. It was a long gradual uphill. In a subdivision, which made the already hot and humid weather that much more stifling thanks to all of the sprinklers going off, plus no breeze could be felt thanks to all of the houses and trees. I was hating myself so much for coming up with this route. And the kicker is that when we turned onto the main road that we've been running on almost exclusively the last couple of months? That's where we felt a breeze! Naturally, my route only had us on that road for about a quarter of a mile before we turned we turned back into the subdivision, because apparently I just wanted to punish our group for ever deciding to become runners.
As you might imagine, the run pretty much sucked. Somehow, Diane and I made it to the end and met up with the rest of the Renegades, who'd all endured the same horrible conditions. Just once, it would be nice if we'd get a cool front in time for our long run - it's challenging enough to run longer distances; can't we at least have some decent weather to do it in?
By the way, a cool front blew in Sunday morning. Sigh...
So you know I'm a social exerciser, right? Pretty much, if someone wants to workout or run or walk together, I'm there. I'm not even embarrassed that I don't like to exercise by myself - there are no rules about how you have to exercise, and this is what I prefer. That said, when Diane mentioned a while back that she was going to join Planet Fitness, I was thrilled and rejoined as well. Neither of us are trying to become body builders; instead, we both would love to strengthen our muscles to prevent running injuries - and hey, if it happens to make running a bit easier, that would be a nice bonus. We've been going there twice a week for nearly two months, meeting after Diane is off work. We do the 30-minute circuit room, then do some planks, and use the adductor/abductor leg machines as well. It's a good workout with room to increase the weights as we improve; I like this because it feels like I've done something without making myself so sore that I can't run the next morning.
About 2 weeks into working out, finished and on our way to Salata for dinner.
Around the same time that I added in Planet Fitness to my exercise, Cary also asked if I'd be interested in going for walks with her and baby Logan. OF COURSE! I like to go for walks, but just about everyone I know works full time, so I rarely have a walking buddy. Because Cary is on maternity leave, we don't start our walks until 8:00 am, which means I only have to wake up super early three mornings a week to run. We usually walk twice a week, for 4 miles each time - it's been great! I feel like the walking is adding some stamina to my running, although when it's so hot and humid, I don't know that anything really helps running.
So this is how I went from running three times a week to my current exercise schedule:
M - walk 4 miles AM; Planet Fitness PM
T - run 3 miles
W - walk 4 miles AM; Planet Fitness PM
Th - run 3 miles
F - rest day
S - long run
S - rest day
I will be sad when Cary goes back to work, because I know me, and I'm not going to walk outdoors by myself. But maybe by then, I will be so used to getting that walk in that I'll go to PF early and walk on the treadmill before Diane arrives for our workout. It might happen! Any case, I'm enjoying all that I'm getting to do right now.