Temperature wise, we are in full on summer. This week has been in the high 80s/low 90s all week, sometimes with matching humidity.`Welcome to Virginia in the summer! But mentally, we are barely there. School just ended last week. This week Jones has been in a full time training for the work he’ll be doing this summer. Shoo has been lazing, but also just joined his summer activity. While I’m excited for both of them to be doing the cool programs that they are doing, the schedules will be erratic, so I’ll be juggling a lot this summer. Which leads me to Marcia’s runfessional…
I must runfess that I hate having a training plan in the summer. Our schedule during the school season is pretty consistent, but we are all over the board during the summer. Add in college trips to Cornell University, Miami University of Ohio, and University of Chicago and our summer will also be all over the MAP! Thankfully, I have found a couple of half marathons to run on our trips.
I must also runfess that in addition to dealing with a weird schedule, I hate running long in the heat. Heck, I hate running short in the heat. Tomorrow I have 16 miles on the schedule and I’m planning to park at a local park to run. I’ll run around the area until it gets too hot and then run loops on the shaded paths in the park. I don’t know what I’m going to do when my runs are up in the 20+ mile range!
Speaking of long runs, I must runfess that I’ve downgraded my 50K training plan more than once. I started with a Higdon plan and switched to the plan that Heather from Relentless Forward Commotion created and then to a simple “just finish” plan. I have both Heather’s and the just finish plan in a spreadsheet and aim to hit the just finish as a minimum, with a goal of closer to the other plan. My body is just taking a longer time than in the past to adapt to more miles and I desperately don’t want to hurt myself. Also, see above, heat.
I must also runfess that I’m really sad that I may not get a new state for half marathons this year. Between college visits and the ZOOMA fall race calendar, I just can’t seem to sneak away. It does not help that none of the remaining states are an easy drive away. I haven’t even been able to find that many half marathons to use as training runs either. My goal of hitting 100 half marathons at ZOOMA Bermuda pretty much has no way of happening.
Final runfession relates more to running gear than running. We have 31 days of Skirt Sports coming up in July. Last year I managed to do a different pattern every day. Umm, I have way over 31 patterns now. Oops. And tank tops? They are multiplying. ZOOMA has awesome tank tops at the races and in the challenges and somehow I always end up with them. I actually had to take my running bras out of the drawer they were sharing with my tanks and make it a tank only drawer!
And then there are the shoes. So many shoes. But these are my next ones…