Summer running…had me a blast! Just kidding. It was horrible.

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The closest thing to accurate about that gif is the head wiping. This weekend was BRUTAL in Charm City. 90+ degrees with heat indexes over 100. I knew it would be and yet I still decided I was going to go for my first longer outside run in awhile on Saturday morning.

The plan was to go 9 miles; I had it mapped out and everything. Let me just tell you that it took all of about 2 miles for me to realize that there would be no 9 miles. Even at 8am the humidity was out of control and sweat was literally dripping off my clothes.

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Hahaha. Yes.

So 8 miles. I could do 8 miles. I knew exactly where on the route I could cut corners to knock off that extra mile.

I got to 4 when it then it became a matter of getting to the closest convenience store because I was already SO DEHYDRATED. It was there that I shut down my watch, got some water from a kind lady who look petrified that I might just drop dead right there at the counter, and took a nice long break. I only made it 5 miles into my run and it was the smart thing to do. As soon as the gloriously cold water went down my throat it popped right back out on my skin. It was the coldest sweat I ever remember having in my life.

After about 10 minutes of milling around the parking lot of the store and probably looking extra creepy, I decided to be on my way. I was still a little more than 3 miles from my house if I finished out the route that I had planned and I managed to make it all the way back fairly easily thanks to the water break. That run though?

Overall not cool.

So I know this has been a topic that has been done to death already, but just a few things to remember about running in the heat. Especially now that many of us are into the most terrible heat of the summer, ie: that which drove me inside to the treadmill yesterday because I was not about to have a repeat of Saturday:

1) Give yourself time to get acclimated.

Which is something I did not do. I am a self-proclaimed treadmill lover and have been spending a lot of time running in the nice, temperature controlled gym this summer. I should have worked up to that 8 mile a lot more steadily than I did.

2) Hydrate, YOU FOOL!

And by “you fool” I mean me, although it is important for all of us to remember that in the hottest of the hot days  of the summer we should  be upping our water consumption. Even if we think we might not need water on our run…we might need water on our run. And again by “we” I mean “me”. I should never have left that water bottle sitting on the counter.

3) Take it Easy.

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Here’s a handy chart. I loved this chart for winter and was pleased to see that they have one for summer too. Let’s just say that according to my watch I was not paying one bit of attention to any of this on Saturday morning.

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It’s like I had somewhere to be or something, which in reality I did not. I probably would have been able to complete 9 miles—or even not split up my 8—had I dialed back my pace.

And of course I don’t think any of us really need this particular reminder, but wear as little clothing as you can comfortably (or legally) go out in public in.

All this stuff is basic knowledge, but just like with pretty much everything else in my life I need to learn to take my own good advice. I’m hoping that by writing these out it will help keep me accountable for next time. 🙂

How are you dealing with running in the summer heat? Any additional tips to share?

I hope everyone had a great weekend and STAY COOL out there! It’s going to be another hot one today!

xo,

Salt

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NJ Marathon Training Week 4 Recap

That was officially the fastest week of my life. Did a weekend just happen? Where am I?

Week 4 Grade: In the end I give it an A, but it had D- potential for awhile there.

I had the added stress of a sick kiddo all week. As some of you know she had strep, followed by an allergic reaction to her strep meds, followed by a stomach flu. Good times in my house. Mr. Salt also had said stomach flu and it has been trying to catch me all weekend. So far I’ve been mostly successful in outrunning it. ::fingers crossed::

Monday, January 12: Okay so this was fun. We had a little bit of an ice storm overnight. Nothing too terrible. I think schools opened 2 hours late. I, of course, had to be to work on time so I didn’t even think that the gym might be impacted by the weather. The sidewalk outside my house was a little icy, but the roads were fine as far as I could tell. I arrived at around 20 to 6 (Body Pump is at 6) to a mostly empty parking lot and the cars that were there were still running with their drivers inside. This didn’t look good.

In the end, the gym ended up opening at 6 due to the weather and Pump class was canceled. I only had time to get in about a half hour on the elliptical, which is better than nothing I guess. Mostly I was just pissed that I woke up at 5:20 for no reason.

Tuesday, January 13: 3 Miles. I did some easy 400m intervals (7:34 pace) and then got on the elliptical again for 15 minutes. Some ab work in the evening after Betty went to sleep. It was a low key day.

Wednesday, January 14: 6 Mile pace. This run felt great even though II failed at it miserably because my goal pace is NOT 8:01. I need to learn how to slow down for these pace runs. In the evening I went to a yoga class and it was wonderful.

Thursday, January  15: I lost my mind. I really wanted to get in some good strength training this week and there is another 6am Pump class on Thursdays. Also I was supposed to run 3 miles. Also I was supposed to be to work at the usual time.

So I woke up at quarter of 5, got to the gym by 5:10, ran 3 miles (8:12), cleaned up a bit, and then went to Pump class. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel a little badass. And completely exhausted by Thursday night.

Friday, January 16: I deserved this rest day so hard. Oh and…

100 Days Until Race Day!!!

Saturday, January 17:  I had a dilemma. I hadn’t run a race since November and there was a 5K for a very good cause – that would be the Maryland Special Olympics –  that I wanted to participate in.

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I cannot resist a race called “Freeze Your Buns”. The problem was that Hal said 11 miles that morning. So what do I do?

I decided to do the race on Saturday and move my long run to Sunday. I will have a full recap of the race soon. Let’s just say that I don’t think I’ve felt that horrible during a race EVER, but I still managed to come in first in my age group.

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I look rough. I felt SO rough.

Sunday, January 18: Winter hates me and it wants to make it as difficult as possible for me to train for this marathon. The forecast for Sunday morning called for rain. It was supposed to start at around 8am. So I set my alarm for 6 thinking that this would give me plenty of time to get my 11 mile long run done.

My alarm went off at 6 and OMG I was totally nauseous. NOOOOOOO OH GOD NOT THE STOMACH FLU. There was no way I was running right then, but I knew my window was so small if I wanted to get this done in dry weather. (At the time I had no idea it was raining already.) I decided to go back to sleep for a couple hours to see if that would help.

9am rolled around and I felt better, but by then freezing rain had been falling and apparently the sidewalks were really icy. I know some of you are hardcore and probably cool with running on ice, but I’m not one of those people. I packed up a bag for the gym and resigned myself to the fact that I would be running 11 miles on the treadmill.

Except then I didn’t even get off my street. As I got to the top of the drive two of my neighbors flagged me down. One of them, this really sweet girl, had gotten her car stuck in the middle of the road. She had been trying to get up the hill and slid back down so that she was perpendicular to the curb. Another neighbor pointed down the street the other way and my jaw dropped as I saw one car UP ON THE SIDEWALK plus about 6 others stranded in the middle of the hill. Sirens were blaring everywhere. Obviously I was not going anywhere for a little while. No one saw this storm coming. It was insane.

So I came home, made breakfast, played with Betty, cleaned and organized my office, and finally someone salted the road and it was safer to go out.

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And that’s the story of how I ran my longest run of the year so far (and the longest one using this watch!) on the freaking treadmill. In hindsight, I’m glad I was nauseous at 6am because the bad weather had already started. It would have been no fun to run in that mess and if something bad had happened Mr. Salt wouldn’t have been able to get to me.

All bad weather and icky illnesses aside, my workouts this week were mostly positive and I have been sticking strong to my less-sugar/less-wine plan. Physically I feel great aside from a big blister on my toe and a strain in my left glute, but more on that in another post. I know the world is very excited to hear about my butt.

Week 4 Total Mileage: 26 + some change

Has the winter weather thrown you for a loop recently? Did you experience this crazy ice storm? What’s the longest you’ve ever run on a treadmill?

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Happy Monday!

xo,

Salt

Going to Oz. BRB. {And a good mail day makes everything better!}

I think the only people who have an easier commute than I do are those that work from home.

I live in a nice little neighborhood just north of Baltimore City. If they cut all the trees down outside my building and I had a minimally strong pair of binoculars, I could see my office from my porch. Betty’s school is like 2 miles away. We leave the house at about 20 to 8 every morning and including going to get our coffee – she calls it that, but really she’s having hot chocolate…please don’t call CPS on me – and dropping her off, I’m in the office by 10 after 8. In the afternoon, even in the heaviest rush hour traffic, I’m to her school to pick her up by 10 after 5 and we are home 10 minutes or so later if we don’t have to make any other stops. Easy peasy.

Welp…not yesterday.

Because it is summertime, we are occasionally getting blasted by heavy thunderstorms. I LOVE a good thunderstorm and I’ve been trying to teach Betty all the ways that they are fun and cool so that she will know that we can’t play outside during one, but otherwise won’t be afraid of them. As I was leaving the office, one of these bad storms was roaring through; we’re talking serious lightning, thunder like I haven’t heard in a long time, sideways rain, and flooding streets. Reaching her school took about twice as long as it usually does because every time there’s a bad electrical storm, the gates for the Light Rail train system get stuck in in the down position and block some pretty major roadways. I don’t feel okay about driving around down train gates even if it is a malfunction and finding an uncrowded detour can be a little tricky.

Anyway, as I was getting her strapped into her car seat I could tell that the storm was right on top of us and I started getting nervous. I had never seen anything like it. There was no break in between the thunder and lightning at all. Power was knocked out to several traffic lights even as we drove underneath them and it was raining so hard that I couldn’t see much of anything. Eventually I made a right onto the last main road we have to travel before turning into our neighborhood and it was like a parking lot.

Then as if things were not already totally unpleasant, they got worse. Suddenly there were firetrucks that were trying to get through the crowded street. One was looming right behind my car with the siren blaring and no one in front of me was moving so aside from jumping the curb, I had no place to go. Bolts of lightning continued to strike what felt like just a few yards from where we were sitting. Then from the passenger seat my phone started making this really shrill noise that I’ve never heard before. I glanced at the screen and saw this message:

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I’m guessing that acceptable “shelter” in this situation does not include a 2013 Fiat 500.

Nothing will get your blood pumping in a bad way quite like the knowledge of a possible tornado when you are stuck in a micro-car with your 2 year old in the backseat. Meanwhile as I’m coasting into a full-blown panic attack, she’s singing a song about the blueberry muffin I had given her as a snack.

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Actually I’m glad she was calm because I think it stopped me from coming completely unhinged. The person at the head of my traffic line finally got the hint about the firetrucks and moved into the intersection and we continued on our way. All the while I had a white knuckled grip on the steering wheel and was staring at the sky waiting for a funnel cloud to materialize and take us away to Oz.

Which obviously didn’t happen. We made it home a short time later.

You know what will make me forget a panic attack faster even faster than a song about muffins though? A stack of packages on my doorstep! Especially when I’m pretty sure they are all for me.

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They were!

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My AWESOME new doTERRA essential oils. After that craziness in the car I was still feeling a little flustered for the rest of the evening so I sprinkled a bit of the lavender on my pillow at bedtime and enjoyed the best night of sleep I’ve had in weeks. Stay tuned for a little review of these as I experiment with them more!

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MY NEW SHIRT!! One of the perks I received for reviewing the new Lorna Jane Nourish Cookbook was a gift card to shop in her store. I could not pass up that tank. Plus the fact that when I ordered it I wasn’t running so it’s even more appropriate.

Oh and yes…

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Please meet my New Balance 890; purchased based on some of the most stellar reviews I’ve ever seen. I feel like for my training this time around I need a little more shoe than my Kinvara, Connect, or my NB1400, but less than my Mizunos which at this point feel like I have cinder blocks strapped to my feet (but I’m glad I kept them because I’ve been using them while I recover). I ended up listing my barely worn Pure Flows on Ebay. I hate to part with any of my shoes – especially purple ones – but there was just something about them that I couldn’t get down with.

Thank you so much to everyone who suggested Running Warehouse after my shopping post the other day because I got an incredible deal on my pretty new shoes! The break-in process will begin with these today as I attempt 3 miles per my training plan. Because…marathon training!!

Have you had a really great mail day lately? Have you ever been caught in a really terrible storm? Do you know any songs about muffins?

Happy Tuesday, you guys! I hope everyone has a great day!

xo,

Salt