I am entering my 8th year of Summer running. I began my running career in the summer of 2010 in preparation of the RnRLV 2010 (last year it was during the day). Since I started running, I had different goals: Running the Disneyland Double Dare (formerly the Dumbo Double Dare) in September and training for marathons that would take place in September. Last year, I was still in ‘training’ mindset for Disneyland but my Meniere’s Disease took over and I spent more time on my back and when I did run, it was torture. Not to mention, Honeybear was in her final months – so my focus was her until the very last day.
I made the decision early this year I was not going to have a repeat of getting up at 3am to run my miles and I wouldn’t put my mind and body through the struggle. I live in Las Vegas where it is nearly 100F at sunrise. I have lost too much time of my life getting up at 3am (having to go to bed at 7pm to ensure I get enough sleep).
This year – it is going to be different and it’s all good! While I am going back to Disneyland for the Challenge, it is my last year of that Challenge and I am not looking to PR or hit the podium. I don’t have a marathon (thank goodness!) and my brother is needing help with his recent hip surgery. I will not repeat summer training of years gone by.
Here are my changes:
- Dog runs in the early morning. I will not let them run over 2 miles due to the heat. If I choose to run for myself, I will not run over 2 miles.
- My training runs are done in the evening when the sun goes down. I only ran in the evening during my first summer and I really enjoyed the nighttime runs.
- When the heat is just too bad to bear, I will spend at least an hour indoors doing cardio with one of my home DVD’s. As of this writing, I have spent the last 3 days indoors cranking it out. I am dripping with sweat and I feel really good, too!
- My long runs will be in the pool. I joined an aquatic center and I will spend my long run time as an aqua jogger. This way, I get in my time and miles without the scorching sun and protecting my body from the heat drain. I used aqua jogging as a rehab during my 2013 plateau fracture and it is the best cross-training workout you can do, injured or not.
- Be happy. I cannot, I just cannot go through another summer like I have in previous years! I cannot let the Fall race goals consume me where I put myself and my happiness in danger.
So far – the summer is doing well. I am not starting with the typical “I am going to hate this, but I have _____ race to train for”
I am not letting running control me, in any ways. It is my choice and I am choosing to adjust what I need to adjust to stay happy and healthy.
How are you adjusting your training this summer? Feel free to leave your comment below.
Charlene L. Ragsdale – Las Vegas, NV
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