Truth!

I enjoyed Slacker Runner’s A Little Truth Time post yesterday. So much so, I wanted to steal her idea and do it myself!

Truth: I woke up at 4:30 this morning and counted down the minutes until my Starbucks opened at 5:00.

Truth: I desperately wanted a Holiday Spice Flat White. Then I saw they are 280 calories, so I settled for a Caffe Misto with a shot of espresso added. Calories saved: 180.

Truth: I have been taking Unisom to help me sleep every night for almost a year. Last night I decided to go without, thus explaining why I was awake at 4:30 this morning ๐Ÿ™‚ Also explaining the super intense dream I had about falling in love with my Uber driver!

Truth: I am loving this warm weather in December. First, we totally got robbed of a nice fall because it rained for pretty much 6 weeks straight. Second, I don’t need it to be cold to be in the Christmas spirit. I’ve always loved the idea of a warm, SoCal kind of Christmas. Also, I read that this warm weather is because of El Nino, not global warming, so we should all shut up and enjoy it.

Truth: I have a Chapstick addiction. I have them everywhere: my car, most rooms in the house, my office, my purse, my coat pockets. My stepdaughter asked for Chapstick for Christmas and I TOTALLY GET IT.

Truth: I am feeling uninspired to go running lately. I am prone to burnout and have learned not to fight it. I have been going on lots of long walks instead, and yesterday I did some intervals, so that was something different at least.

Truth:ย I am late feeding and walking the dogs this morning, and Jack wanted me to wake up him about now, but everyone is sleeping so soundly andย I’m enjoying my quiet time – I don’t want to wake anyone up! Even though my Caffe Misto is all gone ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Got any true confessions you want to share?

 

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Summer Runnin’

Running in the hot weather is so different from running when it’s cool/cold outside. This was the first winter I kept up with my running, knowing I had the half-marathon in mid-April. It was a great motivational tool and one I’ll be using again.

Yesterday was my first really hot-and-sweaty run of the season, and I forgot how good it feels! It’s such a different challenge from piling on the miles in the winter. Instead of waiting until the sun is up and doing its best to warm the air, we try to hide from the sun and find a shady route. We’d planned on doing a trail run along the river, but time got away from us so we stayed close to home. This limits our options for shade – there is pretty much only one way to go, and it’s super hilly. Brutally hilly. But: for the first time since I started running this route two years ago, I crushed it. I ran all the hills. And my pace was really strong for me, for the heat, for the hills, for the extra five pounds I’m lugging around. I made those hills my bitch ๐Ÿ˜‰

It wasn’t easy, and I got a little overheated. I forgot how good it feels to sweat like that though. It’s so cleansing. Don’t get me wrong – it kicked my butt. My legs were already sore from three gym days this week, and they were destroyed after the run. As good as it feels to sweat like that, it’s also exhausting. We then had to madly clean/organize/style our house for a showing (which turned out to be for today, oops), so after that I was fried. I fell asleep in the sun at the pool, which for a horrible napper like myself, is no easy feat.

I was really excited to have the strength and the lungs to finish that run the way I did. As I’ve written here, I have had very little motivation or discipline since I finished training for the half. I have barely run more than a couple of miles since then, so to take on those four hilly miles was not something I was excited about. I was shocked to have a breakthrough run the way I did. It’s made me so much more enthusiastic about running this summer. We are registered for a 10k on July 4th, and after yesterday, I’m feeling pretty good about it. Running has been feeling like a chore lately. I’m hoping I’m moving past that now.

Do you prefer warm weather or cool weather runs? What are you fitness goals for this summer?