Happy Monday, my friends! This past weekend was HOT. And HUMID. God. It was the kind of weather that almost made me nostalgic for winter. Almost.
I had a 14-mile run slated for the weekend. There was no choice for me but to do it early Saturday morning, as we were watching my daughter’s boyfriend’s 5-year-old little boy and he was going to stay with us through Sunday evening. I set my alarm for 5:00 a.m. Seriously? Who sets her alarm on Saturday mornings for 5:00???? Crazy runner lady, that’s who. Anyway, when I got up to let the dogs out and opened the door to outside – wow. It was already oppressively hot and humid outside. I think the local weather reported around 80 degrees with the humidity. At 5:00 a.m. Crap.
Skipping the run was not an option and so I decided instead of trying to brave the heat and humidity and risk my health, I would run on the treadmill. Running 14 miles at my pace takes around 3 hours. Let that sink in. 3 hours on…..the…..treadmill.
I did it. I watched two documentaries on Netflix and at mile 13 had to stop and walk at a crawl because I felt like I was either going to pass out or puke, but I got my second wind and finished the last mile.
And I finally earned this medal:
A few months ago, I signed up for a virtual half-marathon. Proceeds from the race went to an organization working to stop puppy mills. The race period passed and I never ran it and so the medal sat in its original mail package, unopened. Now, however, it is hanging with my other earned race medals. Win!
This next weekend I’m running the Bix, a 7-mile race in the Quad Cities. I love this race. Last year I missed it because Kayla was in the hospital, so I’m excited to be back!
How about you? What crazy things do you do as a runner?