Tuesday, July 25, 2006

It's a hot one

At one point towards the end of my run today, the song "Smooth" came on. That opening line about, "It's a hot one, like 7 inches from the mid-day sun..." just described how I felt. It's like 10 degrees cooler than it was a week ago - but it still felt killer out there today.

I wanted to get out early today while it was still in the upper 60's/lower 70's but between my deadline, getting the kids out the door and the normal morning stuff, it was suddenly 9:30 am and 80 degrees.

Damn!

Since my goal was a 3 mile run, I figured that 45 minutes would be a good time to shoot for - and I did it in 46 ... close enough considering I ended up walking through a stitch and then a toe cramp for a while.

The toe cramps throw me. I remember the first time I really got hit with one was years ago when I was at a karate tournament. I was about to break 3 inches of wood with a front kick when the toe cramped and I crumpled. It was sudden, it was painful and I have no idea where it came from. Ever since then I get hit with them on ocassion and today was one of them. Again, no warning or reason - it just hit. I didn't crumple like a used tissue, I instead walked and tried to flex my toe as best I could before running again.

Another thing that happened was the reaction I got from a little girl out walking with her... I guess her mother. (Although around here it could have easily have been an au pair or nanny.) Yesterday I bought a running skirt and all of my shorts were in the washer. So I wore my new skirt and a performance shirt. It was cute and the little girl (who, you could tell, is one of those girlie girls) got very excited and said, "Look, you CAN run in a skirt!" The woman with her rolled her eyes and gave me a scowl, but I hope that maybe this will make that kid feel like she can be a girl and an athlete rather than feeling like she has to choose between the two.

I'm thinking that it's now close enough to adult swim time that I might just wait an hour, pull on my suit and head to the pool to just do some lazy floating and maybe some laps before I hit the shower. Especially since I have to throw stuff in the dryer and I hate taking a shower when the dryer is on during the summer - it just gets too damn humid in the bathroom.

4 comments:

Katie Fries said...

Hi! I found your blog through the link in your sig. line on the RW Women's Forum, and I've been enjoying reading it! You have a great writing style and sense of humor. If you don't mind my asking, what type of running skirt did you buy? I have two NB skirts that I love, and I haven't been able to find another.

Happy running (and blogging)!

pika said...

Thanks for the compliment. :)

I found a Nike running skirt on clearance at Sports Authority yesterday. I don't normally buy white anything, but for $15 - I figured I'd give it a try.

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RavenclawPrefect said...

I also found you through RW. Boy, I actually envy you your 80's :grin: We are in the high 90's and ultra humid.

I may have to try to find a running skirt, right now I wear spandex under shorts when I run.

Keep up the great work!