I got a sluggish start to this week. Monday – Thursday were not only hot, but usually blanketed with a smoky haze. While we currently have no large wildfires nearby, the weather pattern that brought the heat dragged some smoke from California and Oregon along with it. Of course, it’s a microscopic problem in the bigger picture – but even low levels of smoke make my eyes and throat burn. This is a long-winded way of saying that for most of the week, I was seriously considering scrapping my race plans. The brief recap:
Monday: planned a 3-4 mile run. Ended doing a bunch of chores and errands (at work and home), and never got around to the run.
Tuesday: got in the run I had planned for Monday, plus a strength workout. And later wondered why my legs were so tired.
Wednesday: did literally nothing I had planned. My lab group had a river float planned, but on Tuesday I decided to let them know I probably wouldn’t make it. Spending the hottest part of the day in the sun exhausts me any day – add in the smoke and I knew I would be wiped for the rest of the week if I went. Plus, I don’t particularly care for river tubing. If someone’s trying to plan a group activity that everyone will enjoy, I feel like I’m always the person saying “um, really not my thing, actually”. But what can you do.
I had also planned to join in on a trail run put on by the local running company and Saucony. The runners who made it up and down the trail the most times in an hour won free shoes – not that I would have actually been competing! But the temperature was still in the high 80s at the 6 pm start time. I didn’t even consider going.
Thursday: Planned to run. Did not run.
Friday: It finally started to cool down; the new weather pattern pushed the smoke out too. I had to get some work done first, so didn’t head out to run until almost noon. Despite being the middle of the day, this run felt easier than Monday’s.
I also went to packet pickup to register for my 5K. Yes, I left it to the last minute. On purpose. If the smoke had stuck around, I wouldn’t have registered. Plus last year I registered for this race way in advance but woke up race morning with a fever. I like to think I’m not paranoid or superstitious….but maybe I am a little.
Saturday: I did not wake up with a fever. It was ~50 degrees for the race. Everything was great. Recap later.
I will say it wasn’t my brightest idea ever to do several hours of yard work after racing a 5K. (But it needed done, plus it was such a nice day.) I slept 10+ hours straight and was shocked to see 10:xx on my watch when I woke up this morning. I don’t think I’ve slept that late in years.
How often do you register for a race at the last minute?
How do you handle afternoon runs in summer?