Monday, June 4, 2012

Motivation Monday: Beating the Heat.

My kids spent the night at my grandmother's house last night so I had the luxury of getting up at 4:30 this morning and heading out on my run at 5 am.  It is supposed to get up to 90 degrees today so I was really motivated to get my butt out the door and get it done.

Although I do have to confess it would have felt pretty good to sleep in also since I felt like I hardly slept a wink last night.  However I am a heat wimp, so I bounded out of bed before the alarm even went off!

The sun came out about 12 minutes into my run.  I love getting out before the sun is up.  The moon was also big and full in the sky this morning, which partly explained why I slept to crappy last night.  I never seem to sleep good during a full moon. 
It was about 60 degrees when I got done running and despite the slight breeze was getting pretty warm.  (I know there are people out there running in hotter weather, but it is all relative)  I feel like a salt lick.

After today's long run I only have ONE MORE long run and I will be in Taper Land! How far did I go today?


It mostly went pretty well except for the emergency pit stop at mile 12, luckily I was running back by the house by then.  My guts had been a little cranky since about mile 6.  I was so happy to see my house.  I don't think I would have made it much farther.  The situation was dire!

I fueled at miles 3, 8, 13.5, and 19.  I drank a lot of water.  Maybe a little too much at the end as my belly was feeling sloshy towards the end.
I got home and had to jump into the car to go get the kids from my grandma.  I needed to be home by 10 so I could order my Bountiful Basket.  My grandma's sister was there visiting so I get got busy chatting and next thing I knew I had 15 minutes to make the 15 drive home and I hadn't even gathered up the kids stuff yet.
We got home at 10:03 and by the time I got logged in there was only one local site left.  I hurried and entered my info and success!  I got my basket and a flat of strawberries!  Woohoo.  Then I took a closer look at the receipt and saw that I had selected the WRONG site.  Now instead of driving a half hour to get my basket I have to drive an HOUR. 

Bummer.  Big bummer.  That will make me late for a BBQ I am supposed to be at.  Can you say huge FAIL!

I managed to chafe my armpits a couple weeks ago, so I made a sound investment on some Body Glide and would have to say it was well worth it.   What a fabulous product.  Sweat really burns on chafed skin.

What is motivating you today?
I would have to say beating the heat and knowing I only have one more long run before my first marathon. 





28 comments:

  1. interesting that you ran a 23 miler. I haven't see that before in other people's plans- which training schedule did you use?

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  2. You are one running machine!!!!

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  3. Grandma's marathon June 16th is motivating me today. Great run girl. I think for 23 miles you should get a medal to. You should have to wait till the marathon. That is the way I felt last week when we did 22 miles. Your so ready for that marathon.

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  4. BEYOND INCREDIBLE run dear friend! you are nearly there and have put in some great training:) congrats on this one! you are definitely ready!

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  5. wait wait wait WAIT... didn't you have a snowy/icy run like 2 weeks ago? i thought new england weather was kind of nuts, but you definitely win!

    great job on that looooong run. you are going to rock the race for sure.

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  6. I was about to say the same thing as Phoebe! Where'd the snow go????

    Armpit chafing is awful!

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  7. Nice run! And remember: If you start chaffing in other places, I could send you some Hoo Ha Ride Glide! LOL :) Feel better! (Armpit chaffing SUCKS!)

    Sarah
    www.thinfluenced.com

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  8. I had lots of trouble getting out of bed this morning after a crappy night, too. In the end, I left my house about 45 minutes later than I wanted to, but what finally got me out the door was knowing how much more pleasant my day would be if I got it done NOW. (Fortunately my bike session wasn't as long as yours.) :^)

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  9. Great job! You are so so ready for your marathon. I think you are going to do AWESOME!!! :)

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  10. I think you are ready for your marathon and you have been training hard!!
    I have heard so much about the Bountiful Basket. I need to check online and see what it is...

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  11. What kind of watch is that grey & light blue one? I have not seen that before & it is super cute!

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  12. Chafed armpits do NOT sound fun. Take care.

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  13. Christy, what a phenomenal long run!! Speedy, yet SMART pace. You are going to absolutely rock your marathon, I am confident of it!

    And yeah I totally think that 60 degrees is 'warm'....I am a cold weather runner for sure.

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  14. I am so impressed with your training. You have completed some incredible long runs. I can't wait for you to run Missoula!

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  15. you are amazing...you have prepapred so well for your 1st marathon..I know you will do better than well...you will do GREAT

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  16. You are so ready for your marathon! And awesome for getting up that early. At first I thought you said that "it was nice to sleep in" and I thought you were crazy and that maybe you got up earlier normally, but then I realized you said that it WOULD HAVE been nice. Oops!

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  17. You are going to have the best race! Great job on the 23 miler. I hate when I do something hurriedly and mess it up.

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  18. Only one more long run??? How did that time go by so quickly?? You are so ready to rock your marathon!! I'm so excited for you! I'm not a fan of running in the heat either! I love your analogy to a salt lick...that's just how I feel!

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  19. It seems like just last week that you were running in the snow and mud and now it's so hot there! Man, you are a bad weather running machine!

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  20. Awesome job!! You are definitley ready!

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  21. ok first i couldn't stop laughing because you had the luxury of getting up at 4:30, only runners say that!!

    Way to go on the trainin

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  22. You seriously rock and are going to do awesome in your marathon! I think you might have already been, but I nominated you on my blog today for a Lovely Blog Award!

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  23. Ha! I haven't seen a salt lick in years! Thanks for that! Way to go on your running! I'm not a heat baby either!!

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  24. Ok first time to you site so hi! Gotta say you make me feel lazy...kids are taken care of and you are up early for 23 miles, I am impressed. I struggle hard with the morning workouts and my goal this weekend is to plan out my workout schedule to include some morning routines. Thanks for the motivation!

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  25. Almost there, AWESOME!!! Your pacing is fantastic!! It's been wicked hot out here, too - love the cows with the salt lick - felt just like that after this evening's run!
    Thank heaven for Body Glide - I ran halves for over a year before wising up to it!

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  26. You are kicking it with that run!!

    Chaffed armpits??? For the 1st time ever I got chaffed yesterday on the inner upper thighs. OMG! I need to check out that Body Glide stuff!

    I have vowed to NEVER run again when it's dark or close to dark-almost stepped on a copperhead yesterday. It had taken up residence on the edge of our driveway. Do you know how many snakes I "thought" I saw this morning when I ran??????????????

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpresss.com

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  27. You're so close to taper land now! What's motivating me right now is the dress I'm planning to wear next week - I even did a core workout this morning!

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  28. That salt lick photo made me laugh - after a long, sweaty, hot run, I head straight to the kitchen for a glass of water and the salt shaker. Lick of salt. Sip of water. It's like tequila shooters, without the booze. ;)

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