Friday Round-Up: Heat Wave


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I think that we’re all ready for the weekend…and for this heat wave to pass.

It’s hot. Hazy Hot and Humid. So hot. And it’s only July. Is it hot where you are?

Surprisingly, despite the heat and humidity, I’ve managed to get a few runs in. They haven’t been super long – a 4 miler, 5 miler and 6.6 miler – but they have felt surprisingly good. I’ve been forcing myself to slow down in the heat. Actually, my heart rate monitor has been forcing me to slow down. I glance at it and realize that I’m working too hard and I slow down.

As I mentioned before, I’m really curious about heart rate training and I want to focus on assessing and building my aerobic base. Let’s face it. I know that I run faster than my body probably would like me to and that may be why I’ve had these nagging aches and pains. It may also be why running hasn’t been so fun for me lately. I will say this, it takes a whole lot of self-discipline to slow down.

By the way, Laura has some great tips for running in the heat.

It looks like the heat and humidity will break thanks to some thunderstorms on Saturday/Saturday night…right in time for the MoonWalk NYC. This should be interesting. But then, at least I’ll get to wear a poncho over my bra.

Anyhow, here’s this week’s Friday Round-Up – some of the best posts that I’ve read this week.

I’m an Introvert, so…
I almost pulled the trigger and made a last minute decision to attend BlogHer in Chicago next week. Some of my favorite bloggers (ones that weren’t at Blend) will be there and I would love to meet them, including Shell. Then, the more I thought about it, the more I started to get antsy thinking about being at a really big conference with lots and lots of people. Even though I wanted to go see some of these friends, I decided against it. Ultimately, because I’m an introvert. This post from Shell sums it up so well.

When did you stop thinking you were beautiful?
I would also have loved to have met Gigi next week at BlogHer (she’s speaking!). She wrote this beautiful post about her daughter. Do you remember when you were a kid and you just work up feeling full of awesome? Before you really thought about how you looked (or should look)? As a parent, one of the most amazing things is witnessing the confidence that my children embody. I often think about when that will change, when the self-doubt will start to set in. Do you remember when you stopped thinking you were beautiful or awesome?

The Day I Stopped Saying “Hurry Up”
As I mentioned in my survey earlier this week, I say “We’re late” a lot. I also say “Hurry Up” a lot. The two kind of go together. But what’s the impact of saying those two words – Hurry Up – on my kids? What’s the impact on me? I know that I need to slow down and to stop saying those words all the time. Do you?

There’s nothing quite like siblings, is there? Sisters in particular. I love this post from Devon. She recently returned from an amazing sailing trip with her family. She perfectly describes the complex relationship between sisters.

On of my favorite columns to read is Kristin Armstrong’s Mile Markers column in Runner’s World. She always has the most insightful and perceptive words, usually words that I need to hear right then and there. In this column she talks about fear and how we each manage fear (and the anxiety that accompanies it) and our efforts at trying to do something in different ways. But do we take the time to recognize our own efforts? “I am always surprised, taken aback at times, when someone else notices my effort. I am quick to see and love the try in someone else, but rarely do I recognize and appreciate my own. It felt so…kind.”

Are you going to BlogHer? Am I missing the chance to meet you too??  How do you beat the heat?


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  1. says

    Slowing down and doing more HR training is one reason I was able to PR in my last marathon. Additionally, I take one month in the summer and chill on my runs.. it’s my break once a year. Very revitalizing! As always, I look forward to reading your round up selects!
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  2. says

    Now that I can run again (YAY!), I’m interested in putting the HR training to work. I did it years ago and really saw a benefit.

    Great list as usual! I think Kristin could write about the weather and I’d enjoy it. Off to check out the other posts, especially Gigi’s. Have a blast walking in your bra this weekend! 😉
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  3. says

    Oh the words hurry up! I don’t need them with my son, but with my daughter, I use them non-stop. Need to go read this one.

    BlogHer, I am sure, will be fun. But since you’re not going, be at peace with it and enjoy other things this weekend.

    Love the pic of the boys at the top–so fun!
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  4. says

    I’m excited to read the “when did you stop thinking you were beautiful” post – a little nervous too, as I think about my own 3 yo daughter! Thanks for sharing my heat tips, too. I’m so glad the heat will break this weekend- but I hope you don’t get soaked!!
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  5. says

    When my kids were little I was working and going to law school and always telling them to hurry up. Now that I’m more relaxed I see that I passed that stress on . :-( It is miserable hot here so I’ve been on the treadmill this week.
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  6. says

    I wish I was going to BlogHer too, but it’s right on top of another trip as we are away right now and I just think it would be too much! Next year I will plan better. I say hurry up all the time, but really I should also be saying it to myself because I am that person who is always trying to cram in one more thing before I leave the house!
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  7. says

    I so wish you were going go Blogher. I loved Shell’s post about being an introvert. Sometimes, I just have to check out. And Gigi’s post. Yes. When did we stop believing that we were awesome? Once again, love these all.
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  8. says

    Thank you for sharing these. I just read the post on “Hurry-up” and realize how guilty I am of trying to hurry everyone around me. I know that I’ve missed out on many things because of my constant need to hurry – changing that starting today and now!!
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  9. says

    Mothering From Scratch did a great post on always HURRYING our kids and what an impact it has. I highly recommend reading it.
    I WISH I was going to a blog conference – especially in Chicago which is hands-down one of my favorite cities!! Oh well, maybe next year.
    YES it’s unbearably hot where I am but I think there’s a chance it’s going to cool down to the 80s next week – ugh!!
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  10. says

    I think many of us who find comfort and our true selves behind a computer screen, are introverts. I am one. I love the company of people and there’s nothing more I’d like to meet all my bloggy friends. But distance and cost is a huge hurdle! BUT, I hope that and the introvertness can be put behind so I can go to my first conference in 2014. :)
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