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Summer Days, Summer Days

It’s been a busy month or two over at the Treacle Well, in part because we were planning a much-needed family vacation to Florida. (Thanks to Heather with Travel With the Magic for helping us with the Disney portion of our trip!)

We just got back, but of course have tons of pictures! With the magic again of Google’s Auto-Awesome feature, I have some favorite little animated GIFs from the hundreds of pictures I took.

Jude at the beach in Melbourne, FL
Jude at the beach in Melbourne, FL
Nora at the Beach in Melbourne, FL
Nora at the Beach in Melbourne, FL
Seth dancing with Cinderella at 1900 Park Fare
Seth dancing with Cinderella at 1900 Park Fare
A surprise entrance into the Rapunzel picture
A surprise entrance into the Rapunzel picture
My boys, hanging out at Hollywood & Vine (Hollywood Studios)
My boys, hanging out at Hollywood & Vine (Hollywood Studios)
Nora dances with her favorite princess, Sofia the First
Nora dances with her favorite princess, Sofia the First
My Sunshine Boy
My Sunshine Boy

July Goals (Running-wise)

Like I said yesterday, I’m starting a training plan this week. It’s a half marathon plan that will culminate with a race weekend in mid-October. (Now I need to find the race!)

So for July my running goals are simple:

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As always, the goal is simple but achieving it is not. I chose this early morning bunny picture because a) the bunnies around here are like my running totems and b) getting up early is HARD for me. I am not a morning person and I love my sleep.

Adjustments have to be made to reach goals if they’re any sort of stretch goals at all. So I’ll work on adjusting.

Three days a week of running, here I come! Deliberate strength/cross-training, that too!

I’m almost looking forward to it.

Where’s my motivation?

The heat. The humidity. Things that will arrive in Houston in May and probably not leave until October.

On Monday I went out for a run even though I didn’t feel like it. Yay me. Doing something runners do every day. I haven’t run since.

It was 6am and already 80 degrees. The humidity made it feel even warmer, and I was drenched in sweat. This little picture collage was me right after the run, what my weather app said about the conditions, and the double dose of Nuun I drank to try to avoid the summer-run headache I usually get. (Didn’t entirely work.)

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Last summer I made this work. I started running again at the end of July and our summer doesn’t end until October. I just don’t know how I did it. Every morning is a battle between the elements and being exhausted already because of the heat.

I’ve read articles and posts that suggest running later in the day when the humidity is lower. Unfortunately this is Houston. Lower is still pretty humid. I am wary of 90F and 60% humidity being any better than 80F/85%H. Treadmill access requires major schedule rework, and I haven’t had the motivation to make it happen.

Slump? Maybe. Whining? Definitely. Any tips on managing summer doldrums?

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