Life of a Runner: Good Progress, Small Ways

Hello readers! I said I’d be back and I am back, on the right day this time. This week actually really felt like good progress in small ways. I’ll explain what I mean in just a bit. For right now, we are in full-blown summer with temps in the upper 80s and lower 90s every single day.

Monday

2 miles, 17:18 (8:39/mile)

I had the wonderful privilege of running with my mom this morning. I went to my parents’ house for the weekend, as you know, and stayed through Monday night. This morning, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The temperature was alright and there was a bit of a breeze. But Mum still left me behind at the end! I’m chalking it up to not running well in the mornings, but she can be a speed demon when she wants to be. Still, the morning run feels great because you start off being productive.

Tuesday

2 miles, 17:25 (8:42/mile)

I was back at home today, and I managed to pull myself out of bed for a morning run. However, it was around 7:30 when I actually got up to run, and by then it was already in the 70s with heavy humidity. I need to fix my sleep schedule for summer in that I can sleep in a bit from when I woke up during the school year, but I still have to wake up at a good time before it gets super hot. The run was alright but I did suffer a bit in the heat. I had to lay in front of a fan for a bit afterward. Also, here’s a tip for y’all, if you’re interested: one of the quickest ways to cool yourself off is pouring cold water on the inside of your wrists. I don’t remember where I learned this at all, but it seems like I’ve been doing it forever. The reason it works has something to do with the fact that you have quite a few veins there and it helps to cool you faster. I think you can also do it to your elbows, but don’t do it for too long. It just helps a lot when it’s super hot. Also, some people (Brett) may think I’m weird for doing this, but hopping into a cold shower after a hot morning run is one of the best feelings of summer. It’s just great.

Wednesday

2 miles, 17:39 (8:49/mile)

Oh my goodness it was humid today. And hot. Of course, that is partially my fault because — surprise — I overslept again, this time until after 8. When I ran, it was around 78 degrees. And 100% humidity. I walked out the door and immediately started struggling to suck air into my lungs. That kind of humid feeling just sucks. And that was just when I was standing. The run was another kind of struggle. At first I thought I was only going to do 1 mile because it was so bad, but after 3/4 of a mile I told myself I could do 2. That’s kind of what you have to do sometimes, talk yourself into it. But I am also pretty realistic, meaning I won’t do 3 miles and tell myself I can do another 3. Or maybe I will tell myself that, but then at mile 4 I’ll realize that’s enough for me.

This afternoon, I mowed the lawn. That should count as a workout in and of itself. I had to take another shower and I was out in the heat for another hour. It actually went faster than normal, but still it took a lot out of me. I was laying around for the rest of the day for sure.

Thursday

OFF

I woke up late (AGAIN) and decided not to run, to take today as my rest day. Really, I felt good about that because I had just run three days in a row, which is pretty great for me as of late.

Friday

2 miles, 18:07 (9:03/mile)

Yikes. Today was hot, but really it wasn’t as bad as Wednesday. I think maybe Thursday as a day off was a mistake, that it would have been better to just keep the streak going, but too late. I’m not sore at all from this running — I don’t think I’m doing enough work to be sore yet — but I just felt sluggish. There was also no breeze at all. Just hot, stagnant air. I think this weekend is going to be pretty hot too, just like today. Hopefully there will at least be a breeze.

Saturday

1 mile, 8:25

There was a breeze!! Thank goodness for that, because that made the whole run better. It felt pretty good, but that’s what you’d expect from only a mile. I only did a quick mile because Brett was making breakfast, and I ended up getting home just in time for it. The rest of the day was pretty busy with the two of us running around. Originally I planned to do another quick run later, but we ended up getting home kind of late.

Sunday

OFF

I didn’t mean to take today off either. But I woke up hungry, and I have learned I do not run well when I’m hungry. I was going to run this afternoon, but that never seems to work when it’s 90 degrees out. Weird. Part of me kind of wants to wait until 8 or 8:30 and go for a mile or two, but I doubt that’s going to happen either. That’s a bit too optimistic of me.

This week was real progress in small ways. Yes, I’m going to make that the title because I’ve said it twice now. What I mean by that is, 5 out of 7 days, I made myself get up and go out for a run. Already that’s progress because lately I haven’t been running 5 days a week. I will work my way up to eventually doing two runs a day three times a week, but for right now I will just be building. This week I mostly did two miles, so next week I’ll be incorporating a three mile run or two in there. The other big win for me is I did 9 miles this week. That’s actually more than I’ve done in a week since April. It’s really upsetting to say that out loud, but it’s true. Progress is all I can hope for.

Now I want to take a minute to talk about the future. This upcoming week is the dreaded Schuetzen NEIN! For those who are unfamiliar, it is a 9-hour trail race in which you basically do as many loops around the trail as you can. I am not ready for it, but I will give it my all. Besides that, it will be a normal week, but it’s the last “normal” one for a while. After that, I’ll be at my parents’ house for a week dog-sitting, then we’re going out to Utah! So this will be my last blog from my house for a while. But don’t worry! I’ll find a way to make it work by getting these blogs to you for the week. For the five or six people who read it, anyway!

Nothing more for this week. I’ll see you next week, hopefully with a picture of me looking dead inside after Schuetzen. Thanks for reading!

— Morgan

Teacher, Runner, Reader, and Writer. Destined for great things, I think.