After what can only be described as a brutal winter (by our standards), we are now preparing for what promises to be, and I quote “The hottest summer in Florida’s history.”
I like the heat. I really do. I love sunshine and long days and margaritas by the pool (preferably served under an umbrella with a fan). However, it wreaks havoc on running schedules, and residents of this state have to be extra careful in regards to hydration and sunscreen.
Through the winter months, I’ve been spoiled. I’ve been enjoying sleeping in a little longer in the mornings (7:00 AM! So decadent!) and then taking my runs after dropping little man at school. Still morning, but not at the crack of dawn. It’s made things a little easier and just slightly more pleasant and less rushed. Unfortunately, it’s getting too hot and too humid for that to continue.
This morning, I set my alarm for 5:00 AM and was up before the sun. I was dreading it simply because I hated losing out on two precious hours of sleep (I haven’t been getting much and I’m exhausted) and because it meant that I would be running without music (safety precaution for those wee morning hours). Blah.
But, I did it. I was out on the pavement in time to hear the roosters crow, and in time to catch the first peek of the pink sunrise through the trees. I had almost forgotten how peaceful it could be so early in the morning.
Even without the sun beating down, the humidity was thick and heavy, so even a little 3.1 mile run was tough. However, it was great to get my legs and feet moving again after almost a week off. My numbers weren’t hideous, either.
Even better? I am not feeling discomfort from the plantar fasciitis! Id on’t know if it’s gone or taking a hiatus or what’s going on, but it’s such a relief not to have any twinges. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that things stay this way.
I wasn’t able to get any shots of the start of sunrise because of the clouds, but I did get to see the start of my hydrangeas in bloom. Can’t wait for this plant to be fully flowering.
As mentioned, I have just a week and a half more of downtime with my running. Between baseball playoffs and parties and my upcoming birthday, the schedule is just too hectic to be able to commit to a regular routine. I’m not thrilled with the uncertainty, but it is what it is and I need to take advantage of the resting period before the marathon training starts in full.
How is the spring treating you? Pollen and humidity starting to take it’s toll? Or is it a welcome break after winter?
Does your social calendar ever get in the way of your training? Do you always make it work or do you sometimes just let your training slide with the promise to get back into it when things calm down a little?