Wow, I can’t believe we are already runfessing for August. That means we have really hit late summer! Although we all know that the weather doesn’t always line up with the calendar. It was still so chilly in May this year, I can’t help but wonder if we are going to have heat and humidity well into October. Anyway, let’s just take a minute to runfess about what has been going on this month.
Late Summer Runfessions
A welcome break from the heat
After weeks and weeks (months?) of an intense heat we finally got a break last week. It was so refreshing! Even outside of running I didn’t realize how much I needed this. We could actually sit out on the deck without sweating (and we have an enclosure that is usually in the shade, which was still super hot most of the summer). It was so nice to be able to go for a walk in the afternoon and not be dripping with sweat. In general, it just helped my mood alot!
I didn’t realize how much the heat was affecting how I felt outside of running. I like summer but I think I am spending much more time outside than usual this year. It really felt like we went from cold to super hot quickly this year so I appreciated the nice weather, even though it didn’t last for long.
My break from running
I’ve been talking alot about my break from running this week. It made me realize that I was using alot of mental energy just to plan my runs, so it was nice to focus on other things. However, I also runfess that I missed it after about a day. I usually rest on Thursdays anyway (which was the day I started my week long break), and by Friday I was questioning my decision to take a break. Once I got into the groove and shifted my focus it wasn’t so bad!
Thoughts on a jogging stroller
As I was preparing to write this post I was pulling up some of my previous Runfessions posts to see if I had used this title before. I found my August runfessions post from 2018, when I was about 6 or 7 months pregnant. I wrote about how I didn’t know if I wanted a jogging stroller because I was so used to running early in the morning.
We didn’t decide to buy one until Grayson was about 5 months old (and started running with him when he was 6.5 months) and we sure have gotten a lot of use out of it! Before having him I didn’t know that I would drop down to working part time and obviously I didn’t know there would be a pandemic that would have me working from home for 10 months or more. Now I’m obviously glad we have it because it gives me so much more flexibility with my running!
Stretching, rolling and planking when not running
My goal for August was to spend 10 minutes a day stretching and/or foam rolling and to do a 2 minutes of planking every day. Well I was doing great with this until I stopped running. Funny how that works, right? It’s like I stop running and all my fitness goals are forgotten about. I should have more time to do those things when I’m not running, but I fill it with other things instead.
Oh well! This month has just been all about surviving, so I’m not worrying about skipping a few days of stretching and planking. I still did those things much more than usual this month, so I’m happy about that!
What late summer runfessions do you have?
Are you ready for fall or do you want summer to stick around?
If you have kids, did your running habits change before and after becoming a parent?