Sunday, August 2, 2015

Day One

Hi all!

Just a quick post to let you know that marathon training has commenced!  I got up at an ungodly 6:15 this morning and just decided to head out and get it over with since it's going to be 95 degrees today.  Since my first run was a 3 miler and it was still relatively "cool", I decided to take Molly with me and do a 1 mile warm up walk with her, then leave her in the car while I did my 3 miles.

Really nothing dramatic to report, everything went fine other than it is so GD humid that I was getting frustrated.  I did keep my 0.90/0.10 run walk intervals, but next time may go for 0.40/0.10.  My body actually felt good, it was just gross and hot.  It was 66 degrees and 49% humidity at 6:15, so that should tell you something!  I took a pic before Molly and I got started, and don't we look super thrilled?  That's the look of a lady who would rather be drinking coffee in her jammies, and a dog that really needs to take a dump and doesn't have time for selfie nonsense.


 
Run Time:  37:26/Average Pace 12:42 (warm up mile not factored in)

Oh and I had several awesome people making treadmill and indoor track suggestions yesterday, and I did want to address why I don't use a treadmill like pretty much any sane person would in this weather.  The long and short of it is that any time I try to use the treadmill for running, I have major injury issues.  My major plantar fasciitis issues began with me running on the treadmill in 2009, and that snowballed into two very painful years that I don't care to revisit.  Once I got healed up and started hitting pavement, plus changed to my minimalist shoes, my issues have mostly disappeared.  I have tried over the years to hop on a treadmill and run, and I immediately feel horrible pain in my feet and knees.  It's not something I am willing to risk, especially since it took me two years or longer to get healed enough to the point to where I can run.  Let's face facts, I am 35 and my body isn't exactly going to age like a fine wine, you know what I mean?  I already run with a lot of aches and pains, but I know enough about my body to keep it manageable, so I won't risk treadmill running even for the sake of comfort.

As for indoor tracks, our old gym does have one but it just isn't appealing really.  It takes 12-13 laps to go one mile, so the thought of having to do that for an 8 miler seems like torture.  Plus I would get SO angry when I would try to run up there because people either let their toddlers have a free for all up on the track (despite there being multiple signs saying that no one under 16 is allowed), or soccer moms would come in with their huge ass strollers (seriously, why are they so big now) and would leisurely walk side by side with their friend who also has a big ass stroller, so you couldn't get past them.  I deal with enough emotional bullshit and irritation on runs, I can't factor in having to hurdle over someone's snowflake or having to wait for Starbucks guzzling earth mothers to notice that um yeah, there's a person running on the RUNNING track and trying to get around them.  Clearly I have no bitterness left about this stuff 4 years after the fact!

Anyway, NOW you guys see why I get so upset and obsessive about the summers and the heat up here.  Running outside is honestly my only option, and it's a shitty option when you get panic attacks in the heat.  I truly do fight a lot of depression when it is summer and very warm, if reverse seasonal disorder is a thing I definitely have it.  I mean you know, I've got to ovary up and do it anyways, there's really no other way around it, but that's just kind of where I'm coming from.  I'm sure it's character building or some shit, I'll just have to deal with it.

As for the rest of the week, I will probably do my runs early in the morning.  I will update as the week progresses!

8 comments:

  1. Glad you are able to get up and get the runs in early but man, that humidity. Its like it is here. Hope you start getting some cooler weather soon.

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    1. I can't get over the humidity we've been getting the last 2 years. It really pisses me off when people turn their nose up about global warming, because I can tell you our summers are gradually getting worse and worse. We've NEVER had drought issues, but the last 2 years especially have been bad. The humidity and heat are getting bad. Just, blech!

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  2. Early morning runs are cruel but worth it in the long run.

    I honestly still cannot believe people take their strollers on an indoor track. WTF?

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    1. Yeah it looks like the weather will be decent in the morning for me to get in a run before work. And yeah that gym was in the middle of suburban yuppie hell, so lots of soccer moms. I mean, I don't want to diss people trying to get in a workout, but come on. Shoulder to shoulder on an indoor track?

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  3. I am not a good treadmiller either. I lose my balance easily so I have to hang on for dear life which ends up making my shoulders hurt. Morning is the only option for these hot/humid days. When is your marathon?

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  4. I've been reminding myself for the last few days "It's August, which means it is almost September which means the heat will break" over and over. This time of year is so miserable! I have to haul out of bed early too to get it done or split up the longer runs into two chunks, AM/PM.

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  5. "Ovary up." Totally stealing this.

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  6. "Ovary up." Totally stealing this.

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