Just Play It Cool, Boy!: 7/18 – 24 WRD

Can you name that movie? I was a little disappointed that the recent remake was very similar to the original movie. It was good, but why make it if you’re not adding something original? It did add a little, but truly mostly it seemed very similar — to me, anyway.

I hope that you’ve been able to stay cool this week. Wish me luck staying cool at my mom’s cause she doesn’t even like to run the AC (despite an apartment on the third floor).

While it might seem from the workouts update that this week was light on fitness, I was busy all week with quite a few things and I need extra rest in the heat. I’m happy with what I did. I finally got that cutback week. Couldn’t come at a better time, alongside a heatwave with record heat.


I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and just trying to keep my cool.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min),Dogwalk <== rest day
  • Tuesday: 3 miles easy, Dogwalk, PB ST + some bonus core (30 min), Yoga AM (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Yoga AM (20 min) <== rest day
  • Thursday: Yoga AM (20 minutes), Dogwalk, TM Bootcamp 2.25 miles, Yoga PM (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga AM (20 minutes, Dogwalk, Yoga afternoon (30 min)
  • Saturday: 6 mile long-er run, Yoga PM (20 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, PB Walking with Weights (25 min), Short Hike @ Montgomery Place?

Running Mileage: 11.25  (-3.75

PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike

Running Update

This sunrise — caught through my front door & featuring the bird’s nest in the light above the door — was actually the day before. But a much lovelier photo than I caught on the run.

Tuesday Intention: training is a joy
Seriously that’s the intention I’ve been working a lot with as it’s heated up (even though I’m not training for anything). It did help me through a hot and humid early run — the cloud cover didn’t hurt either.

Thursday Intention: find the joy
I’ve got to say that with the Peloton treadmill bootcamp, just surviving it seemed to be the name of the game for me. Not so sure I found the joy but I did finish. I think it would have been easier to get up and out very early (again!) and run in the heat. Guess we’ll never know. My hat’s off to those that do this on the regular!

I think the cooling gaiter made a huge difference in my comfort level on this run. First time I’ve used it this summer & so glad I did!

Saturday Intention: enjoy the privilege of running
Despite the effort to hydrate well the day before and the early wakeup, I actually slept well and didn’t have to get up during the night. I worked hard on visualizing myself enjoying this run that had no cloud cover, not even the whisper of a breeze, and started with temps in the low 70s. A day where it’s 90F by noon is a hot one!

Was I successful? Partially. It helped, as did the cooling gaiter above — you can buy it with my Amazon Affiliate link here. The gaiter actually really helped to physically cool me down during my cooldown walk. Dropping to 6 miles was a wise decision too. Could I have run 7 miles? Yes. Did I need to? No, definitely not.

Noticed how the heart shaped leaf mirrored my heart shape rock (from a hike earlier in the year).

Favorites of the week
Even on the hottest days I’m still spending some time outdoors in my backyard. I am very lucky that it’s very shady! We’ve had to significantly shorten Bandit’s walks, though.

The version with Bandit’s photo bomb

The plan right now is to stop at Montgomery Place. There are some short hikes there that are pretty shady, there’s a waterfall, and there’s bathrooms. Unfortunately it will probably fall at the hottest time of the day on the hottest day of the year. You bet I’m taking that cooling gaiter with me! Since I’m on the road today (later) and commenting is a little harder on my tablet, I might be a bit slow to comment.

ICYMI: I may have designed this flow with travel in mind (wishful thinking?) but it’s great for runner’s legs anytime. Practice with me here, I’m also breaking down Swan pose (you may know it as Pigeon pose) and its many variations here. Just wanted to quickly mention: I know runners love Pigeon, but Pigeon doesn’t always love runners. It can be really hard on that front knee. Seated figure four pose (which I explain in the tutorial on Pigeon) is a much safer pose with the same benefits.

Coming up on Tuesday & Friday: Tuesday it’s time to wrap up my July, even though there’s still a few days left in July & on Friday it’s time to get a few things off my chest at the Runfessional!

32 thoughts on “Just Play It Cool, Boy!: 7/18 – 24 WRD

  1. It was a hot week but as I’ve mentioned you just need to get up with the sunrise

    I think we ran at the same time Saturday? I thought I saw your car. No shade or breeze. But much warmer after we finished.

    Enjoy your hikes. And stay cool. We don’t like to use our AC either. lol

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      1. well your car was there when we started but you may have gone the other way. It doesn’t matter since you like to run alone.

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  2. Good luck at your Mom’s…no air, yikes. And what perfect timing to have an easier week during this weather (although your off weeks are still busy). Great job getting your workouts in.

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  3. Yes, it was very hot and humid in Iowa as well. As I was running, yesterday, it occurred to me I have a few cooling towels (kind of similar to the gaiter you mentioned), but I never think to use them while I’m running or biking (or even for some of my walks). DUH!

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  4. Privilege of running indeed.
    I think folks behind any version of West Side Story are damned if you do, damned if you don’t. People want change, people don’t want a classic to be touched.

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  5. It was a super hot week everywhere! It is so hard to run and takes me longer to recover for sure.I cut a few runs short as well. Hope things went okay w your mom this week

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  6. I have a cooling buff but it only seems as cool as a normal buff dipped in water! I’m glad you survived the heat – our garden was too hot but my office window gives onto the dark, shady bit between the two bathroom “wings” of our house and next door and it was always cooler outdoors than in so could get a breeze.

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  7. I will echo your thoughts on the Peloton tread bootcamps, lol. Sometimes just surviving to the end is a treat, especially with the 45-60 minute classes.

    I’ve been trying to stay cool all week but will be overjoyed when these heatwave ends. I hate having to run the AC so often, but it was a necessity this week.

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  8. That sunrise photo is gorgeous! I hope you are staying cool at your Moms — and that her apartment isn’t too hot. I don’t like over-airconditioning, but I don’t like to roast either.

    I did my first Peloton bootcamp in a while yesterday. I runfess I sorted by difficulty and picked an easier Jess Sims one — I think the floor sections were on the easy side since they had a lot of core moves.

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    1. I wanted 60 minutes but I definitely avoided the advances ones!

      Your sunrise this morning was also stunning.

      We’re having some storms so cooling off. It’s hard to balance keeping my mom comfortable & the rest of us comfortable.


  9. The heat seems to be on everywhere lately, although today we finally got a much needed break. Ozzy’s walks have been cut back substantially as well. As much as I hate to see summer slip away, I won’t miss the oppressive heat and humidity.

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  10. West Side Story! I know that show well.
    I’ve had so many issues in recent years that every time I run I truly enjoy the privilege. That attitude definitely helps in the heat- would I rather do a hot, hot run or be injured? I’LL TAKE THE RUN.
    Yes, I can’t even image putting my lower leg out completely perpendicular for pigeon. I think my knee would explode. I’m going to check out your video.
    Good luck at your mom’s- hope you’re staying cool.

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    1. Yes, definitely put that way — although I’m ok with the occasional break from running.

      There is no need to have your leg perpendicular for pigeon. Perfectly ok for it to bend in! Or do some of the variations of it!


  11. Agree about West Side Story… as soon as it ended, I turned to my husband and said “so why did he make this movie?” There was nothing new!

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  12. I immediately knew the musical. Honestly, I really enjoyed the remake. Yes, it was similar, but there were some new layers I appreciated (like the added atrocity of locking all the women out of the drugstore when the Jets attacked Anita when they tried to stop it) and I absolutely swooned over the costumes.

    Great week for you!

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  13. And here I thought you were talking about Top Gun, lol

    I was very fortunate this week to be able to take the week off running and spend my time on the water. We’re having more temperate weather now and I am looking forward to taking my feet to the trail tomorrow!

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    1. Well, we never go in the front door so it’s really more of a nuisance (and mess). But they are very persistent about coming back every year — even though its been cleared out more than once!

      Yes, at one point it got up to about 80F in the apartment and my mom was wearing a cardigan. I guess that’s our future! Luckily after she goes to bed (which is early now) I can get it to cool off.

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