My Summer Training | No More of the Same Old – Time to Change

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:

  1.  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.
  2.  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.
  3.  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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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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PRODUCT REVIEW: Arctic Cool Shirts | Is it Hype or The Real Deal?

It’s been a long, long time since I have been excited to test out a new running product. Sure, I have done many in recent years, but nothing really – I mean REALLY got me excited to try and post a blog review.


I heard about Arctic Cool apparel through Facebook. One of those sponsored ads that popped up on my news feed.  I began to follow the page and learn more about the technology.  It seems the only complaint I heard about the apparel was there wasn’t enough larger sizes.  Since I do live in Las Vegas and we know that heat is one of my awful triggers for my vertigo and Meniere’s Disease, I am always trying to find something to give me a tolerable level of comfort while running.  I contacted the company and they agreed to send me a shirt to review and they have purple!  How cool is that?  The temps are quickly rising in Las Vegas and nearly 90F in the later days.  I ran in the shirt 5 different times with varying temps.


Me, in the middle of a sweaty run – Vegas style.


    From their website –

“The Arctic Cool Instant Cooling Shirt uses HydroFreeze™ X Cooling Technology to do just that. Work up a sweat, and you’ll feel the cooling effect instantly. The HydroFreeze X construction is uniquely designed to absorb moisture when dry and cool when wet. Arctic Cool will keep you cooler longer, so you can not only play, you can play to win.


As soon you start to sweat, it goes to work big time, so you’ll feel cooler, longer.


The shirt’s fabric dramatically chills your body as you move.


Ultralight construction is anti-microbial and easy-to-clean.”


Intriguing, right?  So, I tested it out in temps up to 89F (just the other day). I sweat a lot.  I swear you can turn on the toaster in my kitchen and I will sweat!  When I started to sweat and the dreaded “ugh, I am getting hot” started in my head….I (shockingly) noticed I started to cool down.  Now, not like I had the air conditioning on, but I was cooling down.  Whoa.  The more I sweat, the less hot I felt.  Now, how ironic is that?

The shirt is super comfy, too.  The sizing is spot on I didn’t have to go up a size or down a size.  That’s rare.  This shirt is not only perfect for athletes, but for gardeners, those who work outside in the heat and more.  Give it a try and let Arctic Cool know what you think.

In summary, do I recommend this shirt?  Absolutely!  Will I buy more?  You know I will!  Right now, Arctic Cool is offering free shipping on all orders of $49 or more, for a limited time.  You can order here:


*Although I was provided a complimentary shirt, the opinions are my own and not influenced by Arctic Cool in any way.


Thank you Arctic Cool for this opportunity, you have a fan in Las Vegas!  Bring on the heat (well, maybe)


Charlene L. Ragsdale – Las Vegas, NV
*Sponsored by and KT Tape
*Ambassador for RunGum and Glukos Energy
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