It's that time again! HALF MARATHON TRAINING is in full swing, y'all and I'm PUMPED about it! You all know by now that I LOVE having a plan to follow. It's just so much better than winging it all the time!
Since our Colorado trip earlier this year, I've put running on the way back burner, mostly because it's hot and it made me just hate life (just being honest here!). I knew I wanted to run the Corpus Christi Harbor Half again (I did it 2 years ago!) so I just kind of put running on maintenance mode until the official training began.
Well, week 1 arrived and I'm already feeling so much better about running! It's amazing how powerful the mind is when it comes to exercise. I don't talk myself out of finishing a run, because I know I have to cross that workout off my list. PLUS, I have an awesome running buddy Sara to meet me at the curb in early mornings. BTW - FIND A RUNNING BUDDY. It makes all the difference in the world!
So...how did the first week go?
I was asked on Monday from a friend "how in the world are you going to get all of your miles in with the kiddos?". My answer? "I don't know. But I'm going to schedule my runs and make them a priority." I've used the "kids will wake up" "it's too hot" " my husband is too busy" excuses for TOO LONG.
I'm doing this people.
Will it be tough some days? Yes.
Will I probably be begging people to entertain my children when I get to those double digit run days? Yes.
But that's what our tribe is for (look out mama friends...I'm comin' for ya!).
So all that being said, the word that best describes this run week was "Free-ing". I committed to 2 early morning runs with Sara, and my husband agreed to deal with the kids awake OR asleep.
Getting the run out of the way before breakfast was life changing! I love the fact that I can take the girls running with me, but for right now, this "me time" is what I need. I didn't have to rush the hungry kids out the door when it was already too hot to run, while feeding them muffins on the go. Our mornings became stress free again, because mama had already had her run. I'm not gonna lie, we had some tough nights this week, and it was tempting to bail on those early mornings, but I'm so glad I had a running buddy waiting for me! Today I slathered myself with eucalyptus and wild orange oils in a desperate on-the-way-out-the-door attempt to wake up! It worked!
I did my other 2 runs later in the day with the kids, which was hot, but they were short, so not so bad. I've been liking listening to podcasts while I stroller run to keep my mind off the extra weight and to keep the kids quiet!!
I also loved that I still am incorporating other workouts into my week. I did 2 strength workouts (1 with my Mommy Strong crew, and 1 in my driveway) and 2 yoga workouts. I love Runners World Yoga and Yoga with Adriene!
I'm feeling really balanced and motivated to continue plugging away at this training cycle.
1 week down, 11 to go!!
Who else is training for a fall race? I want to hear about your training and your goals!
Feel free to follow me on Instagram (@homefield_essentials) - I post way more on there than this little bloggy blog! I'm gonna try to do regular updates on here though, as I'm learning that every little bit of accountability helps me!
It's getting HOT HOT HOT here in Texas. It was already warming up in Colorado before we left, but the heat index of 104 and high humidity has hit us like a TON OF BRICKS since we've returned home. Miss Mak was actually crying about the heat while we were walking the 10 feet to our car this afternoon.
I know girl, I know.
This morning while we were running (and by running, I mean slowly slogging with a 100lb stroller and a dog through 90 degree heat), I was thinking out loud and said "it's too hot to run...I'm going to have to start running in the dark!". Well tonight, while my conniving 2 year old was delaying bedtime, she said "Mom, it's dark! Let's go for a run!". I'll admit, I almost took her up on her offer.
So, what's a mom to do when you're in the dead heat of summer, but you've gotta run to keep your sanity?
Here are a few tips:
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1. Run in the Dark. Take the advice of a 2 year old. Be sure to practice safe running in the dark by taking a friend, wearing reflective gear or lights, and running in safe areas. Typically (at least in places other than South Texas), it will actually be slightly cooler in the early morning or late evening hours.
2. Change your plan. Stick with lower intensity runs during the hottest parts of the day if you can't avoid it. Save your intervals for the shade, early mornings or inside.
3. Stay Hydrated. When you're running in extreme heat, it's really, really important to stay hydrated. I like adding a drop of wild orange oil to my water sometimes to change it up, and often mix in some Momsanity BCAA's or Emergen-C into my water bottle post-run to aid in recovery.
4. Wear light clothing. Both lightweight AND light colored. Finding good breathable material that is light colored will help keep your body temperature down. And don't forget sunscreen for your exposed arms/legs/face!!
5. Use peppermint oil. This is one of my favorite oils for runners, because it helps with respiratory function, blood flow and can soothe tummy troubles. But when it's super hot, my favorite way to use it is by putting a drop on the back of my neck! It's INSTANTLY cooling, and can actually help lower your core temperature.
6. Find a treadmill. If it's just too dang hot, take it inside. I hate running on treadmills as much as the next person, but if you have access to one, it's not a bad idea to get some quality runs in when the heat just won't quit.
I hope you're able to keep on running this summer, regardless of where you live! I know my mileage is going to go down, but I'm still aiming to get a few short runs in each week! Meanwhile, I'm taking on a plank challenge. Be sure to check out my IG posts for more on that!
How about you?
How hot is it where YOU are right now? Do you run in extreme heat?
This post is sponsored by Mizuno Running and FitFluential. All reviews and opinions are my own.
I've been known to keep my running shoes FAR too long. Like - you can see the color of my socks through multiple holes in my shoes long.
But when you find a pair you love, it's hard to let them go!
Plus - in terms of sneakers in general, I've got "perfect" shoes for about a million different things. Like, a pair of black Nikes that I found at the outlet for $19 in 2009 (yeah, they are 8 years old) that are the only pair of sneakers that I feel are reasonable to wear with bootcut jeans. The soles are so worn out that they actually make for really good "sliders" when I do workouts on carpet. Or the purple shoes to wear when I want to be all matchy matchy, or that pair of trail runners that I don't actually love, but should probably keep because I need a pair of trail shoes. I know, it's a problem. But if you're a runner, you probably understand.
We need a lightweight pair, a pair for long runs, an old comfy pair, a snazzy new pair...amiright?
I've been cycling through some REALLY old shoes lately, because
1. I love them and can't let them go.
2. I hate trying new shoes.
And 3. I really hate spending lots of money on shoes, especially if I'm not sure I'm going to love them.
But alas, when my pinky toe actually popped out of my favorite shoe, I decided it was time to get on the hunt again. I've gone through Asics, Brooks and New Balance in the past several years, but haven't found an IT shoe that I can just count on for everything. And I guess that's ok, certain shoes are better for certain situations. Just like my mug collection. But that's a story for another day.
I had been wanting to try Mizunos for quite some time and finally found a great deal online so I decided to give them a go. I was SO pleasantly surprised! It was my first try at a new brand/model and I loved them! The Wave Inspire has quickly became my go-to shoe. Lightweight, comfy and a perfect all around shoe. When Mizuno asked me to try out their very newest model, the #WaveSky, I couldn't wait to check it out! I already had a good feel for the brand, it was a big fan.
Mizuno Wave Sky Review
When the new Mizuno Wave Sky arrived, I was so excited! I LOVE the vibrant colors, and was pumped that they were different than any of my other shoes. They also just happened to match the new running hat that I had just bought. #runninggearwin ! I assumed I would have to break them in for a while, so I was shocked when I felt right at home in them on my very first run! I've never really run in a "cushioned" shoe, so it's a real treat...it truly feels like running on clouds! I've always run in a neutral shoe, so I loved how extra plush this trainer felt!
What I love about the #WaveSky:
What I'm not loving:
For all of you techy-shoe people - here are the stats on the Wave Sky:
The Wave Sky has an evolutionary lightweight midsole that delivers stress-free cushioned rides with high rebounds. features a redesigned Neutral Wave plate with cloudwave technology for softer cushioning and an enhanced responsive feel. Like they say, it's like you're taking your run to the clouds!
Overall, I have to say I really, really like running in the new Mizuno Wave Sky. I'm finding it's more and more important to rotate my shoes, and these are the ones I plan to use on recovery runs when my feet need some extra love as well as long runs! They will be perfect to rotate with my Wave Inspires!
Plus, they are oh-so-comfy, I'm sure I'll be taking them on lots of long walks with my pup and girlies too! When you're pushing/pulling about 200lbs of kids/animals, why WOULDN'T you want to be walking on clouds?!
How about you?
What's the longest you've kept a pair of shoes?
Have you ever tried cushioned running shoes?
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