The things bugging me: Runfessions July 2020

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The main theme of my runfessions for July is the bugs, heat, and humidity. Ants don’t bother me on the run, but they do sometimes bother me on my Yoga mat (outside). Summer puts a lot more meaning into the phrase “what’s bugging you”, right?

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They’re so tiny. Yet so annoying. | Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

I runfess . . .
Nasal breathing does not protect you from the bugs. You’re not going to eat any bugs, but bugs will go for any orifice they can squeeze into. Yup, I’ve had bugs trying to fly up my nose! I’m not sure which is worse: having an insect fly into your mouth or your nose.

I runfess . . .
I thought I had had some major chafing underneath one of those pockets on one run. Nope, that’s where my frozen water bottle was and it was just red from the cold, LOL!

I runfess . . .
Even running just 3 x week it seems to be hard to get all my runs in. I guess if I didn’t care about rain, or humidity, or too much sun . . . just call me a picky runner.

I runfess . . .
I wasn’t super worried about Garmin going down. Of course then I read about how it’s also used in the aviation industry. Then I worried about my data being stolen, but heck, that’s just par for the course these days it seems. I do think the error message on the Garminconnect app shouldn’t have say “we’re down for maintenance, check back shortly” after 3 days . . . (or a week later — I’m still getting it sometimes).

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So over early morning runs that leave me looking like my top!

I runfess . . .
I had made a pact with myself to get in my runs outside — pretty much no matter what. Until that last week in July, when I felt run down — not that I ran inside; I just thought why are you torturing yourself with more early, hot, steamy runs when you feel so run down?

So I didn’t. I realized that I did want to break up with running — just briefly (I wrote about not wanting to break up with running here). I still had to get up and out early to walk the dogs, but that is far less involved than getting up and out early to run.

Sometimes you need to break up with something to appreciate it again. No worries, I’ll be back out there again, sweating and slogging with everyone.

How do you enjoy your runs with the gnats buzzing around your head? 

Do you get out early to embrace the heat, or just endure it?

What are you looking forward to in August?

What do you have to runfess from July? Come join us

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Lost & Found: Runfessions June 2020

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There isn’t a whole lot going on in my neck of the woods, so my runfessions aren’t earth shattering. Finding things, losing things, the heat and the things I should do but don’t always are rounding out June’s Runfessions.

Hiding in plain sight

I runfess . . .
Those missing capris were hiding in plain sight. Sort of. As I gathered up Winter jackets to give them one final wash before putting them away, suddenly the capris made an appearance. Now if I could just locate the missing pj bottoms and the top that Amazon tells me I bought last September . . .

I runfess . . .
I often don’t get around to washing my Winter clothes before either putting them away (or just when it gets warm enough so I no longer need them). Part of my workout mid June was getting that done for a change, I swear! Well, some of it. There’s still more to do, but then it heated up and my desire to complete the task dwindled.

I still need sunscreen under this top!

I runfess . . .
I’m generally really careful about my skin, seeking out shade, wearing sunscreen. I have spent a lot of time running in my long sleeve Cool It Tops from Skirt Sports — they help keep me cooler, and they have some UPF protection. But I runfess I’ve skipped the sunscreen when I wear them — not so good (until recently).

I runfess . . .
I was just beginning to think about running at the park. I’m not sure I’m up for the bike paths yet, since they’re so narrow. The paths in the park are narrow, too, but then there’s the whole park you can step over to if need be.

Except now it’s so hot that I need to get out super early and even though the park isn’t far, that’s another 20 minutes (or so) added in the morning when I have to walk/feed the dogs. Mr. Judy does often walk the dogs when I’m out running early, but he isn’t as enthusiastic about feeding them. Although he does that for me when I’m going out early to run my long runs — as I did today!.

Do you give your Winter clothes one last wash before putting them away for the season? 

What do you skip before a run because you’re low on time — even though you know it’s important?

Is heat interfering with your running?

What do you have to runfess from June? Come join us

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To all who serve, Thank You!: 5/20-26 WRD

I didn’t really have a lot of running or errands this week, but it sure seemed busy nonetheless. Then my shoulder decided to protest the weight lifting. It wasn’t as if I was doing much or lifting crazy weights, but it got really sore. I found some yoga videos for shoulder pain that helped immensely, and I’m doing some of those stretches when I wake up — today it seems pretty good.

Usually I get this sort of pain when I’ve done too many planks/flows in yoga, but I haven’t been doing much of that. The good news is I’m pretty sure it’ll go away on its own & probably relatively quickly — but I always hate when you’re doing something good for your body and it hurts you!

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing how to ease back into activity.

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And linking up with Jenn @ Runswithpugs, Brandi @ Funnerrunner, Anna Louise @ Graciouswarriorprincess, Briana @ Matsmilesmedals, Meghan @ Meghanonthemove, and Elizabeth @ Trainwithbainfor RIOTS(running is our therapy)

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Pilates Legs & Balance (30 min), 3 Easy Miles FTC Mentoring, Yoga Hamstrings & Hips (25 min)
  • Tuesday:  Yoga  Shoulders (35 min), Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Yoga Shoulders (20 min), Dogwalk, Pilates (30 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga Shoulder (20 min), Dogwalk, Yoga for Sleep (15 min)
  • Friday: 4 miles with Hill Repeats (8), Yoga for Sleep (20 min)
  • Saturday: Prerun yoga (15 min), 3 miles easy with FTC Mentoring, Yoga for Sleep — unfortunately this one didn’t seem to work for me! (15 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Gentle Yoga at a Studio (60 min), ST Legs (10 min)

Mileage: 10 (+1)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates

Yup, it got hot in a hurry!

Monday
It was an extremely warm/humid afternoon to run. Of course when you want it the rain is AWOL! It allowed me to actually run in a light outfit — most likely quite similar to what I’ll be running in next Saturday. It was the last day for our Monday mentoring group, as there’s no group run on Memorial Day (and I’ll be with my parents anyway).

1 mile up & down a moderate hill

Friday
Several of us wanted to go to one of the trail runs on Thursday, but the weather called for showers/thunderstorms. We had a brief downpour, but no thunder. However, I was very tired after quite a few nights of bad sleep, it was a 30 minute drive, and I decided to skip it (as did all the friends thinking about showing up).

Friday was a lovely day. I did some hill repeats, kept a very consistent pace, and extended my run to 4 miles for the first time since April.

Saturday
The race (a 5k) is next week! So this was our last Saturday group run. Ran an easy 3 miles with several different ladies, wishing several that I’ve gotten to know good luck in case I don’t seem them next week — it’s a large group when we’re all together! One of the perks of joining the Freihofers Training Challenge is that there’s a VIP tent near the start line for its members — a place you can leave your stuff, get out of the sun before/after, and of course, meet up with your friends.

Favorites of the week
We finally got to see Avengers Endgame. I personally thought it was too long (I’m in the minority it seems) and there are just too many story lines (and there are several movies in the series that I haven’t seen, like Ant Man). Which is not to say it was bad, but when I checked the time 2 hours in, I thought, really? Another hour?

We can close that door so the dogs still have access to some grass, but not the whole yard, when we’re out

What I did love is that the dogs survived with us being gone for 4+ hours. The dogs having access to the kennel outside is really a game changer for us!

I haven’t been able to find any cucumber plants that actually looked healthy, so I guess we won’t try cucumbers this year. I did get lettuce, chard, tomatoes, and a strawberry plant in the ground this week. There are still some herbs & some marigolds to plant, but they’re pretty hardy so they’ll just have to wait a bit.

If you’ve seen Avengers Endgame, what did you think?

Any trouble adjusting to suddenly warm weather? 

If you celebrate Memorial Day, any fun plans? We’ll be joining my parents at the BBQ at their senior living community (the dogs get to come this time).

Summer running had me a blast . . .

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Or did I?

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Yes, I enjoyed the race, but the temperature . . . just look at my face!

There’s so much to love about summer running:

  • Longer days, making it easier to squeeze in early or late runs
  • Warmer temps, which means less clothes
  • The feeling of moving freely because of fewer layers
  • Sunshine!!!!
  • Clear trails — at least clear of snow and ice

So what do we have to complain about when it comes to summer running?

  • As much, if not more laundry — all those sweaty running clothes
  • Humidity that makes every run feel like a battle
  • Heat from all that sunshine beating down on you
  • Feeling like you’re running through an African Savannah because of overgrown grass
  • Slower paces because of the heat and humidity
  • Stinging eyes from all that sweat
  • Frizzy (frightening) hair
  • Heat cramps
  • BUGS! Gnats may not bite, but they still drive me insane

So what’s a runner to do?
Accept the things we cannot change: the heat, the humidity, the bugs (anyone know a non-DEET spray that actually works?). Remember that all too soon trails will be buried under snow and ice and we’ll be buried under a gazillion layers again.

Enjoy those unicorn runs when it’s the right temperature and low humidity. Remember all those o’dark thirty runs and enjoy the extra light. Adjust your expectations and accept that you’ll probably run slower (but faster in the Fall). Explore new places to run. Try a new type of cross training (kayaking, anyone?). Jump in a pool after your run (oh, how I wish I had that option!).

 

 

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This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

coachescornerTalk to me:

Do you love to hate summer running?

Or do you just love running in the summer?

Which season do you think creates the most laundry?