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Cue The Slow Clap.

18 Jun

I am honestly having a hard time believing that the humidity was only 48% yesterday, but Siri says it’s so.

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Sure felt like 100* to me!  Suck it mother nature.  I feel groggy, bloated, tired, and generally just disgusting when it’s hot and humid.  I’ve been going to bed earlier and sleeping past my alarm.  And yet, I did the almost unthinkable and forced myself to run after work yesterday.  I only had 2 miles on the books, but I was dreading 2 miles in the muggy misery.  To really dig it in to myself, I opted for a 2 mile trek that included several hills.  Honestly, it was forecasted to be hotter on Wednesday (today) than Tuesday, so I knew if I didn’t get the miles in they would be there waiting for me.  But they would be hotter.

This arrow in the picture below points to the spot where “Yay!  I get to run down hill!” became “Oh…we are going back up hill again.”  I forgot to bring my Garmin with me today to check the actual steepness, but I will make sure to include it in my weekly recap.  There wasn’t anything special about this run – it was probably pretty slow considering I walked a lot because DUH.  It’s really super friggin’ hot.

You’re lucky I love your curves, Pittsburgh.  That’s all I’ve got to say.

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When I got home, I was sans energy.  Sans spirit.  Sans vitality.  I knew dinner needed to be mindless and needed to drag out into lunch for the next day.  So, I grabbed one of my most recent Patak’s Simmer Sauces (swear, they do not even know who I am – I’m really just enjoying trying all the different flavors!) which was Mango Curry and some chicken breasts.  Very yummy and I’m not worried about a little extra sugar after a long, hot run.  I got 3 servings out of the jar, here is the nutrition facts per serving:

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Mango Curry Chicken w/ Coconut Rice:

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Yes, I know there was a startling lack of veg on my plate.  I was too hot and tired to even care.  There was more than enough chicken for lunch today and now I have to figure out how to use the extra coconut rice!  It would make a fantastic rice pudding.  So anyway, there was really no point in today’s post other than I am really proud of myself for getting uncomfortable!!!

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Training Overview #sftsRUNS

16 Jun

Welcome to the 2nd installment of my 10K Training Overview!  This is a weekly series in which I will document my weekly running progress, nutrition, photos, and mileage as I train for Pittsburgh’s 2014 Great Race on September 28th.  If you are on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook – you can also follow along using the hashtag #sftsRUNS.   These overviews are intended not only for me as a way to document my fitness journey, but also as a means to inspire other newbie runners who are ready to move beyond the 5K distance.

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Weekly Overview:

Unfortunately, my personal life continued along its downward spiral last week.  Running is extremely cathartic and I am so thankful that I’m able to do it.  I had scheduled some T-25 days with my friend, but because of the long hours I was pulling at work I just couldn’t juggle it.  I did try and get out of the house a bit, so I went to the Pirates game on Thursday with some friends.  I had planned a few other things, but I was basically just trying to keep my head above water all week.

Training Plan:

Planned Mileage:  9.5 miles

Actual Mileage:  8.18 miles <– Still under my goal, but improved since last week!

Longest Distance:  3.39

Training Miles to Date:  13.83

Weight Change:

My weight loss goal is 150 lbs.  By August, my goal is to be down to 175 lbs.  I weigh in immediately after I wake up on Monday mornings.  Last Monday, I weighed in at 190.2 and this morning I weighed in at 190.9.  I’m not discouraged by that at all because I drank quite a few beers at the Pirates game and spent half the week eating whatever I felt like.

Physical Condition:

Excellent!  I’m not expecting anything to really start changing until a few more weeks into training.  I’m still happy with my running shoes and am pretty consistent with stretching after a hard workout.  As far as I can tell, I’m staying hydrated – still just working on my summer swag.  Runner’s World recently posted some tips for running in humidity.  What I got out of it:  I overheat quickly as it is, but the humidity exacerbates the situation by not letting my sweat evaporate.  Therefore, it is important for me to be mindful of when the humidity is lowest, stay hydrated, and take walking breaks when the humidity is high.

Mental Condition:

I try to keep my posts light-hearted for the most part, but this week felt like the 9th circle of hell.  Running helps, of course.  But, I noticed a problem that I think translates into my life.  I don’t believe in myself enough.  As soon as I let doubt creep into my mind, I succumb to it.  I don’t know when I lost faith in myself to be a capable, independent, strong person but I am all of those things.  The only one holding me back from taking control of my life/health/happiness is me.  Even if I block out or try to forget what I put into my body – my body keeps a very accurate record.  Really, this isn’t something you can half ass.  I’ve been half assing it for years which is why I’ve managed to maintain the same weight but never lose.

Nutrition:

Well….this is where things kind of fell apart this week.  Oops!  Not saying it wasn’t worth it, but I can do better.

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Non-Mileage Training (but still running related):

I had a few days where I walked the dogs as cross training, but I really didn’t do any of my HIIT work.  No excuses, I just need to do it!

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Impact On Real Life:

I think the problem with last week is that I didn’t let it have an impact on my real life.  I let depression and anxiety get the better of me and I sabotaged myself.    Writing all of this out makes it much more clear, so thankfully I can see where I need to make improvements.

Action Plan:

I hit the grocery store on Sunday and spent a lot of time meal planning/prepping food for the week.  I also made it a point to go through the daily/weekly pages of my planner and write things down.  I added in fitness info, more meals, and added my blog posts for the week.  Even if I have to switch the days around, at least everything is there and I have to look at it.  I forgot to snap a pic when I was finished, but this is about halfway through:

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I honestly don’t know how people function without writing things down.  So, my action plan this week is to follow the plan I have written down for myself.  I mean how hard is that?  (Don’t answer that question.)  Do the damn workouts, eat the damn food and don’t binge out.  My mantra of the month:  I can do hard things.  I can.  I don’t even care if it sounds like a “That’s what she said…” punchline.  It helps me and it also makes me giggle sometimes!

Sum Up Sun…err…Monday

22 Jul

Sometimes I make things up, maybe just to amuse myself.  Like that time I said I would be “pre-training for my upcoming 10K while on vacation.”  Riiiiiight.  Sure you will, Michelle.

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What I did do was drink a lot of beer and think about what was going to happen when I got home.  Turns out, what happened when I got home was:  Lord Baby Jesus tested me.  He said “Bet you wish you got a few miles under your belt in not-so-humid NY state, dummy!”  And then He pointed a chubby little finger at Pittsburgh and there was ’round-the-cloth 100% humidity and 90 degree temps.  Sorry guys, I take full responsibility.

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This week I ran.  I got up at 6:00-6:30 AM (AM means morning, remember!?) and I ran.  And even at 6:30 AM there was so much moisture in the air that I honestly felt it bearing down on me.  And I ran anyway.  I ran slooooooooow.  Slower than when I started running the first time.  And I walked.  I walked so much you’d think I was coming off an injury.  But, dammit, I pushed through and I ran because I knew the humidity had to break.  And when it did, running would seem easier.  And then, the humidity broke.  And running seemed easier.

Monday: Woke up at 6:27 am only because my phone started ringing.  Christina, who may or may not have still been asleep said something to the effect of: “Don’t all ready quit, babe.”  I lay there a few more minutes and then begrudgingly rolled my lazy self out of bed and put on my running clothes.  She’s usually right.  Afterwards, my core was sore like I had spent the morning at the batting cages.  And oh boy, did my quads ache.

Tuesday: I took Tuesday as my rest day (I had originally scheduled Tuesdays as rest days because I had to be at work bright and early, but that doesn’t apply anymore).  My muscles were still so sore.  When this happens, you can randomly find me in stretching positions throughout the day.  If my life was a reality show, this is where I would insert a montage of me in random positions in random places.  But, I don’t have cameras following me all day so just imagine me using the world as my barre.

Wednesday: Wednesday was a shorter run than I had wanted to complete, but I chose to listen to my body: the humidity and the aching muscles were telling me to take it easy.  Not being an overly dramatic fat girl here, cooling centers were packed all over the city and there has been a heat advisory all week long.  Knowing that I was going to have to pull a long day in the sweltering hot facility, I made the decision that was best for me.

Thursday: Thursday I had 30 minute cross training on the books, so I did what any chubby girl would do in 100% humidity: walked.  I actually walked for 43 minutes, clocking 2.38 miles.

Friday:  On Friday morning, the humidity unforgivingly down to 65% and I knew I had to try and push myself.  In an attempt to not be thwarted, I decided to switch up my route and drove down to the new portion of the Great Allegheny Passage at the Waterfront.  Best decision I’ve made all week.

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The trail is new so it’s in great shape and newly paved.  Best two things:  its much flatter than the uneven city sidewalks I’ve been frequenting AND a tall fence on the one side offered shade the entire way.  Loved it.  I stuck with my training plan and did a solid 2 miles, at my fastest pace of the week.

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In this direction, I could run the entire way to The Point, in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh.  If I turned around and ran the other way I could Forrest Gump it all the way to Washington D.C.  You can read more about the Great Allegheny Passage here.

Saturday: Saturday was supposed to be a cross-training day, but after one very very very long day at Changin’ Time I opted to relax.  Don’t want to burn out!  I also didn’t want to give myself any reason to punk out on my long run scheduled for Sunday.

Sunday:  I had built myself up for Sunday, the anxiety was building for days.  Why am I always a nervous wreck?  No clue.  I wasn’t sure the weather would cooperate, I wasn’t sure my body would cooperate, I wasn’t sure of anything.  It’s not like I’m able to roll of bed, put my shoes on and head out the door either.  I have to get up, let the dogs out, let the dogs back in, give the little one food and water, open Changin’ Time by 8:00 a.m. and by that time I’m just all flustered.  In fact, I forgot to go to the bathroom on Sunday morning, so for the first half of my run I was thinking about how awesome it would be to come across a bathroom.  Or how horrible it would be to poop my pants.  Anyway, I parked down at the Waterfront near Lowe’s theater and picked up the GAP trail behind Mitchell’s Fish Market.  I ran all the way to the Carrie Furnaces, where I knew there would be a bathroom to use, and then turned around and ran back.  I paused my workout and instead of hitting “resume,” I hit “save.”  I was completely irritated at myself.  I like things to be orderly, dammit.  Needless to say, I was not mentally in a good place on Sunday.  I was bored with the trail, which seemed to drag on in a straight line with nothing fun to look at.  I felt like I was walking a lot more than I should’ve been because of the humidity and being a fat mess.  But honestly, when I combined the two legs of my run into one, the numbers were nothing to be ashamed of: 2.71 miles (I had 2.5 on the books) at 13:23 pace with a negative split! I’ve got to learn to not be so hard on myself.  And go to the bathroom before I leave the house.

I like keeping track of my improvement each week.  Seeing these numbers get better is hugely motivating for me, like carrots on a stick.  Except I’m not a donkey.  Although donkeys most definitely run faster than me.

This week’s stats are next week’s carrots:

This week I clocked 8.21 miles.

My fastest pace was 13:20.

My furthest distance was 2.71 miles.

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