I know it’s supposed to be hot in Texas, but August and September are particulary unbearable especially with the humidity this week staying in the 60 – 70 percent range.
Tomorrow I have my long run of 12 or maybe more miles and I will start at 5:30 AM and by the time I finish the temps will most likely be in the 90s. I get really crabby by the time I’m finished. I’ve been doing my short runs during the week with my treadmill PIMP. I know it’s cheating, but damn, I haven’t acclimated to the heat as well this year – even though I’m hydrating, electrolyting and wearing sunscreen. I’m such the good girl.
Because of this ridiculous heat (and stupid injury from the Austin Marathon) I’ve been supplementing my runs with leg torture, swimming, and cycling. (I only ran twice in Indiana and I need to make up some lost ground.) I’m still not a strong enough swimmer to get a good cardio workout in the pool, but I’ll keep at it – it’s a welcome relief. I only swam twice this week for 30 minutes because I started to choke and my fear of death took over. Leg torture is giving some strength back. It’s working and I LIKE IT. (Remind me sometime to tell you about my power-lifting extravaganza with my friend Cindy.) I am still in need of some endurance which, in addition to running, is where the cycling comes in. Also, when cycling that occasional lingering pain I still have in my left ankle when I run isn’t there. Is that a real sentence?
Even though I’m slow, the cycling does give me a really good cardio workout. My heart beats just as hard, if not harder sometimes, as when I’m running. (Is that wrong?) On Thursday I rode for an hour with my only goal being to figure out what the left gear was all about. I’m a little scared of the left gear because one time my chain fell off as I was shifting it and I nearly had a heart attack because I was in the middle of no where. Luckily I figured out how to get the chain back on, but up until Thursday it was the one and only time in the six years that I’ve used the left gear on that bike. I’m happy to report the left and I are getting along better. Especially going up hill.
Okay, so this was long and boring. Do you guys like the videos or are they retarded? And if you do like them, what should my next video be? I was thinking of maybe putting the camera behind my treadmill so you could critique my running form. Which has improved, but still also sucks.
(Oh, and a note for all of you who have made it this far into the post – I still have people asking how to comment since it’s not at the bottom anymore, it’s under the date on the left at the top directly under the bubble. Thank you for caring enough to ask.)