My training plan will start at the end of the August and until then I'm sort of just hanging on for dear life trying to eek at least 20 walking/running miles out of each week. The weather in Seattle is not helping.
Are you effing kidding me with this crap? It should just say "ridiculously terrible". I hate to complain, but come on. I moved to the Pacific Northwest for a reason, and it wasn't to boil to death. And this has been going on for far too many days already and is showing no sign of cooling off.
On Tuesday night I asked my 11 year old to come on a run with me. We left pretty late, well, late for her and I, and it was kind of sort of pleasant outside around 8:45pm. I absolutely LOVED running with her (though we did a fair bit of walking, because the route she chose had over 300 feet of elevation gain and we only went 2 miles!). We kept about a 14 min/mi pace overall, which was great considering. My dream is that she will want to keep running with me, though I don't think she really enjoys the actual running. I think she more enjoys just getting out after a lazy day inside, chatting with her dear ol' mom, and getting exercise.
During the run on Tuesday we passed a guy holding a slurpee. It made me desperately crave one, and had I been carrying money, would have darted directly to the nearest 7-11 and filled right up. My daughter and I made a plan to go back the next day, and we dragged along the rest of the family:
(not pictured: the dog)
Despite the store advertising a watermelon sour patch kids flavor, there was none in the machines.
Even though I guzzled that slurpee, and a few other little treats here and there throughout the week, I am trying to be a bit more conscious of my diet. A lower workout load means I can't get away with eating more calories all summer. Which is fine-- even eating all of those calories during 50k training wasn't serving me well. I am happy to be about 8 lbs away from my "racing weight", though I seriously doubt I will ever work hard enough to get there. Slurpees (and ice cream and popsicles and trail mix and and and and . . . ) are too darn good. Will take that over slower race times any day.
Today, Friday, I am headed out on what appears will be an insanely amazing run with a group of badass trail running women. At least it better be, I have to leave the house at 6:00 am to get there. Haha. Can't wait to report back how it went!