At this time of year, the weather is absolutely PERFECT in Texas. Breezy, cool in the mornings and evenings, pleasantly warm in the middle of the day. But I always get sad when this weather arrives, because I know that within a few weeks, it will get hotter … and hotter … and hotter, until running outside becomes more of a chore than an enjoyment.
I know a lot of runners around here love running in warm weather, but I hate it. It slows down my pace and adds a lot to my pre-run preparations – slathering on sunscreen, remembering to bring water, and carrying something to wipe the sweat from my face. If I’m out for a REALLY long run, I also have to carry extra sunscreen with me, because I tend to wipe it off when I’m clearing away the sweat.
I usually do my last road race sometime in May, and then switch up my running to be about 50 percent indoors-50 percent outdoors, until about October. Granted, it’s not ALL about weather. The kids aren’t in school in the summer, and I can’t exactly leave them alone in the house while I go for a run, so I either log the miles on the upstairs treadmill or go to the gym, which has childcare. So there is a practical edge. But the other reason for heading indoors is to escape the searing heat. Unless you’re willing to be out the door by 5 a.m., running during the day in July is not really an option around here. At least, it’s not for me, being the heat wimp that I am. And being a night owl, I can rarely get up at 5.
So this always leads to the question: What’s going to be my last race until the fall? I still haven’t decided. I’m considering the Lovejoy Country Run, which I missed last year, but I’m also thinking about pushing myself and doing a 10K, like the Derby Run or the Sprint for Cancer. It’s so funny – a year ago, I could have practically run a 10K in my sleep, and in fact, did runs of 7+ miles several days a week. But times have changed, injuries have persisted, and these days, a 10K would be a challenge.So that’s what I’m penciling in as my goal…but I’m reserving the right to change my mind. 🙂
Next up: The Trek the Trails 5K in McKinney. Hey, that’s tomorrow. I better get to bed!