Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Training begins...sort of

Our official training started the week of June 10.  As luck would have it, I was in Holden Beach, NC that week, so got to train on the beach!  Life is good! 

My first beach run was challenging, to say the least.  It started out hot and humid, and I was sweating like a (flying) pig!  I made a note to bring a kleenex with me for my next run.  I ran 3 miles, to the end of the island, and then I turned around for the 3 miles back.  While I had been running in the first direction, storms were moving in, so my return run was without the sun, which I was quite thankful for, until the skies opened up and poured down on me.  I ran for almost a mile in the pouring rain -- no where to hide, of course!  When I got back to the house, I was soaked, and everyone wondered why -- the storm passed by the house completely! 

The rest of my runs were a lot better.  Even though I'd prefer to be running with someone, I had some nice runs, including an 8+ run where I just felt great.  I could have kept going!  I was glad to get that run in.  Summer training is going to be hard for me.  I HATE running in the heat.  It's so difficult for me.  I'm hoping we have a cool summer, but that is doubtful! 

The week I got back from vacation was hot and humid.  I ran 5 times and none of the runs were great.  The first was at home, and I managed 6 miles, but not happily.  The second was with Julie at Sharon Woods.   After about 5 miles, we started walking, and just kept on walking...until the last half mile, which was all downhill.  My other runs that week were crappy.  It was hot, I had a hard time breathing, and I just felt like I couldn't run without stopping.  I know the weather will get better, and we will have better runs.  Just waiting for that to happen!

Today it is beautiful, so hopefully our run tomorrow morning will be nice...after that we have several days of high 90's and high  humidity in the forecast.  Ugh!  This will be a challenging summer!

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