How to Be A Runner in the Summer

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The title of this post is totally irrelevant because I actually have no idea how to be a runner in the summer. I really don't. All I know is that this summer has been incredibly too hot for me to run. Thank goodness I'm not training for anything.

I've tried to keep up with running at least 2 times a week... but most of the time those runs have only been 1.5-2.5 miles.

So, I did the only logical thing: I signed up for a 4 mile race on Saturday (even though there's also a 5k on the same day. Apparently I like to torture...I mean challenge myself!) Because that makes sense. My weekly mileage has been averaging a measly 3-5 miles, so why not run 4 at once? BRILLIANT!

Or I may die. Whichever.

My only hope is that I made it through that brutal 10k back in June and it was humid as a sauna that day, too... so surely I can make it through 4 miles, right??

So yeah. I indeed did run 13.1 miles just a few short months ago, and I'm glad I blogged about it because if you had seen me on my run this morning, you probably wouldn't believe that I could run that far once upon a time. And I used to run 4 miles for speed work and I would do 8-11 mile long runs and 7 mile tempo runs like it was nothing... and now I am wondering if I can complete a 4 mile race, which by the way, is on a flat course (thank goodness!!!!).

Eh, whatever. I know I can do it. It will just probably suck a lot at the time and I may walk a lot and I definitely won't PR... oh wait, I actually will because I've never done a 4 mile race before! Sweet! I knew there was a reason I went with the 4 mile race instead of the 5K ;-)

Here's to hoping the weather gods have mercy on me and let the humidity take a day off on Saturday!! Send good thoughts.

*photo of my no-longer-calloused running feet :(

p.s. after reading some old posts about my half marathon training, i realized that i actually miss it. i never thought i could actually like, or MISS running. it's weird. i miss having to get up early to go run and having an ultimate goal. when i think back on my first half marathon, i still can't believe that i actually did it. i can't believe that i stuck with my training program even when it got hard, and that i met my goal. and i can't wait to do it again!!
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