How I feel after running outside in July in Texas.

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!

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