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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