Doing the do nots while running and melting in the heat

A friend recently tagged me in a Facebook post. The post was a link to The Oatmeal’s comic strip, “The DOs and DO NOTs of Running Your First MARATHON.” Ah, how well people know me. And sadly, how true many of these “DOs and DO NOTs are.”

I’ve at least thought every thing on this list, and it took me more than one race to learn the truthiness of the recommendations. (I’m a slow learner AND it is so easy to get taken in by the enthusiasm of the crowd at the beginning of a race.)

How many of these DOs and DO NOTs remind you of some marathon running no-no you’ve done?

Beyond the laughter, my marathon training proceeds. Our summer in Cincinnati has been relatively mild. That has its good and bad points.

GOOD: I’m not dying each and every run.
BAD: The sudden spike in heat and humidity the day of my 16 mile run just about did me. (Also, hot weather can upset my stomach, if you know what I mean.)

The 16 mile route did take me past this:

It was a good reason to stop, click a photo and bring down my heart rate (actually, there were more than a few unplanned stop on the long run, ugh):


Ice skating during a late January day on Mirror Lake


20130126-175039.jpgOther than motivation to get through runs the blistering cold where I live has produced some pretty phenomenal landscapes on the routes where I typically run during weekends.

These two photos are part of a reflecting pool in the middle of a city park that overlooks the Ohio Valley in Cincinnati. I got a little chilly on Saturday, but I had to stop and take a few photos mid-run with my iPhone and Instagram. I do have a DSLR. I wish it were (a) small enough to pack around with me on runs because I always see interesting things when I am out and about, or (b) I actually took more time to walk my neighborhoods to seek these moments out with my camera.

Either way, I felt compelled to click and share as we prepare to enter a week where temperatures are expected to rocket back up into the 60s and this ice rink turns back into a pond. Hope you enjoy.