Here Comes the Sun
Yesterday started bright and early, and I do mean bright!! I can’t believe it was actually light out when I left my house. I’ve gotten so used to leaving when it’s still pitch dark out!
Work was really quiet because half the team was out at a video shoot, so I was able to sneak out (mostly) on time to head down to the beach for a RUN.
This is the first spring/summer that I’ve worked 7 to 4pm. I used to work until 6pm which meant I didn’t get to the beach until 7 or 7:30pm when it was already cooling off for the day. Running at 5pm is a totally different story. It’s sunny, bright and HOT when those rays are blazing down on you.
C’mon heat acclimatization, do your thing. According to Competitor it only takes 1 to 2 weeks for the body to adapt which sounds about right. In a couple weeks I will laugh at sunny and 82 :).
Last night four easy miles felt hard. I did run/walk and then took a little break halfway through to regulate my heart rate and do some calf raises. While 99% of my body doesn’t like the heat, my calves always feel the best when it’s really warm out.
While I was stretching I realized I was wearing my shirt inside out. This happens to me a lot.
I had an okay run yesterday but mostly I feel like AM I EVEN A RUNNER ANYMORE? Since last August I’ve found one excuse after another to not run.
I bought a house. Then it was the holidays. Followed by the most intense work period of my life. Then I caught bronchitis.
The excuses have been varied (and mostly justified) but there has been one common thread: I haven’t had a race on the calendar in forever. That all changed this week.
I signed up for a 5K this Saturday! I am not trained to race a 5K. I am barely trained to run a 5K! Okay, that may be an exaggeration but I am definitely not ready to race… which is a good thing since I signed up for The Color Run.
I’ve done The Color Run here in Fort Lauderdale before and I remember the course being pretty short (I think 2.7 miles or something like that) so there will be no (feeble) PR attempt. I just want to get up early and run with a bunch of people.
My plan is to do a 2 mile warm-up, run the 5K and then do a few more miles to complete my long run for the day. I’m really excited to cross a finish line again. I’ve actually forgotten what it’s like!
I’m also going to start registering for fall races. The early bird pricing is still in effect for most races so I’ll get the best rates and I really want to have a full race calendar to use as motivation this summer.
Are you signed up for any summer or fall races yet?
Do you know which race will be your key race this year?
Is it heating up by you too?