Update On My Summer Training | Never Goes As Planned

Hi Friends!

How is your Summer?  A few weeks ago, I share with you how I was going to change up my Summer Training.  In case you missed it, here is the link -> Click here

 

What I have done:

For the most part, my runs have been in the PM.  I have kept my AM’s to dog runs, cardio work and DDPyoga.

Be Happy.  This is the first summer since I started focused training (2011) that I have not dreaded the summer.  I am enjoying my time with family and friends and not stuck to the reality I have to get up at 3am to do a run, so I can beat the heat.

 

What I have not done:

No long runs yet, so I have not hit the pool. That should be coming within the next week or so

No 3am wake up calls!  (see above)

Not registered for one race.  I have looked at a few for the Fall of 2017, but nothing has been added to my schedule.  I plan to finish up my 50 Half Marathons by the end of the year.  That’s my one focus for 2017, get through to the 50th Half.

 

I have the Disneyland Half and Disneyland 10k on Labor Day Weekend.  I will kick up the training a bit for the 10k – maybe I can earn another AG award.  It will be a great way to end my DL weekend career.

 

After DL, the Fall season kicks in and I have several races on my calendar.  All are tentative, so I won’t be spilling the beans ahead of time.  With my Meniere’s Disease it is very hard to plan ahead with my races.  I never know how I will feel for training or on race day.  For DL, I am going no matter what.  At the minimum I will be doing my park time with my Disney loving husband.

 

How is your Summer going?

Charlene L. Ragsdale – Las Vegas, NV

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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.

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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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Summer Training | True Test of Your Will & Spirit

Greetings from Las Vegas (in the middle of the Summer)!

Say the words “Las Vegas” to anyone who does not live here and the typical response is “ugh!  It’s so HOT there!”

Yes, we know, we live here.

Does dry heat make a difference?  It does for me.  I lived in the horribly humid Nashville, TN for 9 years and I can handle Las Vegas heat over humidity, any day.

MYTH:  we do not have 120F temps year round, only for a few weeks during the year.  In the AM, I am running in 80 degree weather.  On my long run it was 75F when I walked out the door.  It spikes very quickly in the triple digits, but typically it hovers around 105F, most of the Summer.

Last year was my worst Summer training, ever.  I was training for the Big Cottonwood Marathon in September and it is blistering downhill. The only way I could make it happen, was to train in the Summer.

exhausted runner

I approached last year’s Summer training as wisely as I could.  I fell apart by end of July, despite my plans.  August was an awful training month for me, awful awful.  This year, I am approaching Summer training differently.  I have tweaked to know what works and what does not.  I might have to get up at 3am or 4am to get a run in, but it keeps me from mentally falling apart when the temp’s start to rise.

I don’t believe in pushing myself to unhealthy extreme’s, either.  My core temperature rises to very high levels if I am running in the sunshine and temps over 80F.  I recently ran a 5k and I thought I was going to faint at the end.  It’s just how my body is and I am not going to force it to change.

So, how does the Summer test you (and me)?  Naturally our body slows down.  That means our paces will probably not be where they want them to be.  My solution? I don’t wear a watch.  This morning, I did my speed work.  No watch, I just ran as fast as I could.  I knew if I looked at my watch, I would get frustrated.  I focused on my form and keeping my pace.  I walked away from my training feeling solid, not “what just happened out there?”

Another solution, I map out my runs before I go.  That way, I don’t have to turn on my watch.  I do wear a watch, because it has my RoadID, but I rarely turn it on.  I save my watch for race day.

Summer training tests you on how bad you want your goals.  Somewhere, down deep we realize that we must train in the summer if we want to achieve our Fall racing goals, no matter the distance.

I am like any other runner, I have moments when I want to quit and stop.  There are times, I have to walk as I can feel my heart rate elevate to high levels.  Yet, one thing is constant – each time I step out that door for a training run, I keep my end goal on my mind.  It is the only way, I will keep moving.

I will visualize accomplishing that goal.  I will talk to myself about that goal.  I Summer is another pathway for me to get there.  If I don’t make my goal, I know I gave it all I had and I would rather of tried than regret.

How about you?  How are you getting through the Summer?  Please share this blog post on Twitter and FB with your tips for Summer training.

Charlene L. Ragsdale – Las Vegas, NV
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