A contrarian’s summer


Another fall marathon training season is officially under way.

The weather outside is miserable. The mercury in the thermometer hovered around the mid-90s the past week. The occasional shower, coupled with living in a river valley, bumped up the humidity to near sauna levels.

On Saturday I attempted an eight mile run around 7 p.m. after a light shower dropped the temp to about 80 degrees. Ninety percent humidity and I was dying by mile 4. I took a 5 minute water break to slow my heart rate and then carried on. (Of course running alone might have allowed me to stretch that break out longer than I should have.)

Helpful Link: Eight Hydration Myths Busted

When it is five degrees outside in February, I miss summer running. Running in the summer, I realize how much easier it is on the body to run in the cold. My body working extra hard to keep me cool in summer always kicks my butt.

I may be one of the last, true self-contrarians. I love being discontent and hate it at the same time. It’s a tension that propels me forward, but a tension I often feel I would be better off without.

I guess it doesn’t matter as long as I continue to run, and reward myself with days off with views like this:

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3 thoughts on “A contrarian’s summer

  1. You know, I was just thinking the other day, when I started an 8 mile run a little later than usual, that I missed running the winter. But last winter here was just plain brutal. Many days in a row of single-digit or negative temps. 20+ days of the worst air in recorded history.

    Do I like the winter? Sure.

    But right now, I think I’ll take sweaty. Plus, there’s always the thing where you come back weighing like 5 pounds less than when you started!

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