So, I have this personal rule about running in the summer. I have an 83 deg. F cutoff for acceptable running weather. If it's any hotter than that, I don't run outside.
Or so I have always said.
Last night, it was about 92 or so and I debated running on the indoor track at the gym. But after waffling back and forth a bit, I decided to run outside despite the weather. The thing is, it was hot, but it didn't feel sweltering. Also, my heat tolerance has gotten higher in the past couple of years and I had drunk about a bathtub's worth of water earlier, so there wasn't a whole lot of risk of dehydration. (Besides, I always carry water with me.) I decided to run outside and if I felt any distress, I'd come inside and finish on the track.
You know what? It wasn't that bad. I didn't push myself very hard after about the first 15 minutes. Honestly, right now I'm not really pushing myself that hard, anyway. I'm just trying to get back in the habit of doing the good ol' Galloway run/walk regularly. I won't be considering it training until next month. Anyway, I was slow and I walked a lot, but I was out for the full half hour and I feel good about what I did. In any case, my mileage was just about the same as it normally is: 2 miles in half an hour. I don't think that's too bad considering last Monday was my first run since March.
I do have to do something about my feet, though. My first run was all about re-learning my mid- to forefoot stride. That first run was very heelstrike-y and I had a bit of shin splint going on. I feel like I'm about 80% back to the stride I taught myself when I was running regularly. But my forefeet are sore. I think I might need some new insoles. The shoes are relatively unused, but I transferred my old insoles to the new shoes and they're just not cushy enough for the way I run (especially at this weight
). It could also be that the newer model of my shoe just doesn't fit me the way the 2010 version did. Either way, Jenna ain't happy.
Oh, and the deciding factor in running outside was that my GPS doesn't work indoors and I wanted to use "Zombies, Run." Yee-eah... you know what else doesn't work with "Zombies, Run?" Songs that last for over 25 minutes! I was out for just over half an hour and I didn't get credit for my "mission." Can't sync my run to ZombieLink, either, so I have no idea what was going on with the items I found. I'll re-do the mission later- after I look for extremely long pieces of music and isolate them from the playlist. As much as I love the music from the "Tapestry of Dreams" parade and as great as that music is for running, it just doesn't work for outrunning zombies.
A fan-vid of the Tapestry of Dreams parade at Epcot (the real parade was 25 minutes long). I miss this parade so much!