T-minus two weeks until Jones is out of school for the summer. Shoo is already done, but is in a three hour morning camp four days a week until Jones is done. What does this mean? In two weeks, my nice little predictably scheduled world will come crashing to a halt.
I’ve never been a big fan of summer. I don’t like being sweaty (unless I’m running), I burn despite 70 SPF sunblock, and my eyes are extremely sensitive to bright sunlight. I think that pools were designed as a torture device and let’s not even discuss how much I dislike wearing a bathing suit. If I had my say, the temperature would never get above 70 degrees. (Yes, I realize I live in the south. File that under: the things you do for love.)
So, here I am, hot, sweaty, and about to be juggling two very active boys for the summer. They’ll do a few camps in the mornings, but mostly we’ll be checking out stuff around town and hitting the parks and the pools. As you can imagine, this will make my running schedule a bit, um, unpredictable.
So, here’s my plan to not only maintain my endurance, but possibly even increase it. Since I’m trying to “run slower to run faster” and heat makes me slow anyways, I’ll be seriously searching for chunks of time to run.
1. Early morning running: Pacers has a running group that meets at o’dark-thirty two days a week (they actually have more, but location and time only work for me two days a week). I’m going to start running with them. Yes, I’m putting that in writing. Harass me if I don’t do it. I’m also planning to make regular plans to run with running friends on weekend mornings.
2. Doubles: I’m going to have a hard time getting in more than 4-5 miles at a time, due to time constraints. Beer Geek leaves for work really early, so I’ll need to be home before 6:00am. Thankfully, that means he’ll also be home early, which leaves me a window in the afternoon to run 3-4 miles before dinner. In the winter, I can easily crank out four in that time. I have a feeling I’ll be doing my 3 mile loop in the heat this summer.
3. Treadmill: If all else fails, we have a treadmill. I can always hit that after the kids go to bed or on a particularly hot afternoon, while the boys play Wii. I won’t be able to carve out more than a half hour on weekdays, but this might be a good time to do my speed work.
4. Races: I’ve already signed up for a longish race in June and in July and I’m looking at a half marathon in August. If nothing else, this guarantees at least one double digit run a month.
Beer Geek gets back from business travel this evening. Highlights of my week include killing every single fish in Jones’ tank, nearly breaking my leg thanks to 5,000 cars and monster trucks spread across my floor, and one dinner that consisted solely of a Founders’ Porter and a klondike bar. However, as of right now, we have five fish, one cat, and two boys still alive and I managed to run 13.2 miles this week and will run 11 more tomorrow. I’m gonna call that a successful week.