Happpppppy Monday, friends. Gosh it was hard to get out of bed this morning. After getting back from Chicago around 8:30 last night, I crashed into bed almost immediately. Even with such an early bedtime, that 5AM alarm clock still felt rough. Not to mention I had a feeling it was going to be humid. Saturday’s run in Chicago left me feeling over the heat and humidity. This morning, I figured, I’d give outside running one shot, but after looking up the forecast, the only words racing through my head were “NO.”
See that dew point? According to the Runner’s World chart for training in the heat, (made familiar to me by Mary over at Minutes Per Mile), I knew that there was absolutely no way I was going to run outside. The minute I walked out my front door, my glasses fogged up–not a great sign.
Today’s dew point was 76 F. That, according to this chart, meant “extremely oppressive-skip it or dramatically alter goal.” Now, I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t going to let the dew point or some minor exhaustion impact my ability to jump-start my week. So, I came up with a plan B: the gym. I grabbed my gym bag, drove over, and hopped on the treadmill as quick as I could. By 5:50AM, I had run 4 miles, my glasses didn’t steam up, and I was actually able to do it at a comfortable, yet fast pace, opposed to feeling like death and swimming in sweat.
The treadmill is NOT my favorite. I much prefer views like I got to see Saturday in Chicago. I don’t like to wear headphones while I run, and the scenery outside helps distract me.
The views inside the gym are not that exciting. However, instead of moping around the gym with a poor mental attitude, I loaded up an episode of House of Cards on Netflix (low-key obsessed) and powered through 35 minutes of running inside in the AC.
Getting a run in on Monday morning first thing helps me get in a positive frame of mind for the week. It helps me get off on the right foot, with a good start and healthy attitude. Not every plan is perfect, and sometimes, you have to be willing to understand the human body’s limits. I know my body does not handle the heat well, so I altered my plan. When the dew point is oppressively high, it’s better to run inside, or not run it all. This morning, I’m glad I ran inside 🙂
What is the hottest run you’ve ever been on? What is your best tip for making treadmill running fun?