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:


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.

Relaxed and happy

We had a fabulous Independence Day weekend. My sister and her fiancĂ© came to visit for a few days, and it was awesome. We went dress shopping for her wedding dress, shopped our hearts out at the local outlet mall, and had fun at the kids’ swim lessons. Yesterday we spent the morning at the beach and then came home to smoke ribs (Will did, anyway) and celebrate the day. Such a great relaxing weekend!




This next week is the start of a new, official training season for me! I signed up for the Another Mother Runner 13.FUN challenge/training plan. I’m doing the run/walk option because the last thing I want is to get injured and/or lose more motivation. I’m excited to see how it goes!

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.)


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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