MM: July 24

It’s Monday, and I’m having surgery tomorrow! *insert big eyed anxious emoji* For those who don’t know, I’m having the screws from my ACL surgery in 2009 removed tomorrow.  The doctors believe the screws have been pushing on a tendon and the nerves behind it, causing the increasing pain I’ve been having over the last couple years, made worse by running. I’m very hopeful that it will alleviate my pain and allow me to get back to running!  Anyway, since it’s Monday, I have a few pictures to share with you from last week!

I was able to get a couple miles in with Jenn last week, and boy was it hot out. UGH it was hot! We sat with our legs in the pool after that ridiculously hot and humid run. It was nice to get a little run in with a friend before surgery. Hopefully in a couple of months, I’ll be able to get back to weekly runs with friends!

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I also got some miles in on the bike and on the ARC last week.

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On Thursday night, Chris and I went to the Royals/Tigers game. The Royals had a really good game, and the Tigers did not. We sat in Gordo Nation, and it was lots of fun to get the t-shirt and cheer ‘dem Roys on to a great win.

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We got ice cream at the game, and I just had to put the little hat on Jazzy when we got home. He hated it, but he was beyond cute.

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Saturday morning, Chris and I biked to his eye doctor, to pick up his new pair of contacts. It was super warm and humid out, but we got in our long ride and ran an errand. Win-win!

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Also on Saturday, we saw the new Spiderman movie, got flowers to make the bouquets for our wedding, and did some other wedding stuff.  I planned on saving the bouquet making for the next couple of weeks when I’m laid up with my knee, but I caught the “get stuff done bug” and now all the bouquets are done! I will need to figure out boutonnieres, but that can wait a bit!

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Jasper has really been enjoying all the new spots to lay in our new townhome. Every time I look up, he’s laying somewhere new.  I think he’s happy here, and I know I love it here.  It really feels like home.

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Have a great week! I’ll try to post next week, but if I don’t, I’ll see ya’ll in a couple weeks! I hope everyone stays cool with this crazy heat!

Adjusting to the Heat

Warmer temps, higher humidity, and soaring heat indexes are right around the corner! I was reminded of the humidity this week, and it’s not even hot yet!  It usually takes me a few weeks to really adjust to the warmer temps and higher humidity, just the same as it takes a few weeks for my body to adjust to the cooler, dry air of winter.  I’ve become more accepting to the transition period, and today I wanted to share some of my tips with you.

•  Don’t worry about pace; run on effort.  It’s easy to be upset with yourself when you’re not hitting the paces you’re used to, but it’s more of a challenge for your body, so ditch the watch or don’t look at it, and run by feel for a few weeks.  Your paces will come back down once your body adjusts.

• Take water along with you, or stage water bottles ahead of time.  Warmer temps mean (for me at least) more sweating.  I find that I need water sooner than I did 10 degrees cooler.  I either take my water with me or stage water bottles ahead of time.  Most drinking fountains at parks are also on by now, so as it warms up, take note of where the water stops are.

• Be prepared to change the time of day that you run.  During the heat of summer, I run early in the morning, before work.  I do most of my runs in the evening, after work.  As it’s getting warmer, late afternoon is one of the warmest times of the day.  I despise getting up early, but sometimes it becomes necessary to run before work, to avoid some of the dangerous heat.

• Wear sunscreen, and a visor/hat.  As the temperatures rise, you need to protect yourself from the warmth of the sun.  Sunscreen is a good idea any time of the year, but it’s even more important with the extra daylight during the hot months.  Wearing a hat or visor will also help keep your face shaded.

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Don’t be afraid to walk or cut the run short if you’re feeling drained.  It takes a few weeks to adjust to the higher temps.  Add in humidity, and it’s even tougher to adjust.  It’s never wise to push it and end up with heat stroke or an injury.  Play it safe and listen to your body during the adjustment period, and sooner than you think, you’ll be ready to run safely in the heat!

Do you have any tips for acclimating to running in the heat and humidity?