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A hot day in Minnesota

Saturday, August 15, 2015

It is crazy hot here in Minnesota and the humidity is pretty high as well. These are the days that I am so thankful for air conditioning. I am also glad to have my own little gym downstairs where the cool air blows and I can work out in comfort. We did make it out this morning for a 3 mile walk but I really felt like doing something this evening so I went downstairs and did 6 miles on the recumbent bike that has sat idle for the last few months. It is amazing that when you think you have strong legs and then you do a different exercise that requires a whole new group of muscles how quickly you find out that you don't use all of the muscles daily.

I was thinking today as I went around the lake if I want to continue to join the 5K races and I am just not sure. I have to wait until it cools down again before I can start to run outside again, but sometimes I feel like perhaps it would be better to just run for fun vs have the pressure of running a competitive 5K. They are fun, but they are hard. I never thought I could run one, so now that I have run 7, I have to wonder if I will continue. It is one thing to just run around the lake at your own pace and walk when you want to vs being in the middle of runners going their fastest and trying to stay out of the way when I slow down.
I am not sure why I feel like I am letting myself down by not running anymore official 5K's but somehow, it kind of does. I will wait a few weeks and see how I feel and if I decide to sign up for the 5K in October that we have run for the last couple of years or if I will just put that part of my running behind me and just keep it simple.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
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  • no profile photo CD15324855
    It's really hard to walk away from something you've done a lot and enjoyed, or thought you enjoyed. But you definitely have to make the best decision for YOU. It would in no way be letting yourself down.

    If having the races gives you a reason to keep running or provides a goal to work toward, think about keeping up with them. If the stress and difficulties of running a race outweigh the benefit that might come from it, by all means just enjoy the runs you create yourself emoticon . You'll stick with what you enjoy doing most!

    And the great thing about 5Ks is that they're always there! If you miss it after a while off, you can always find one to sign up for!
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  • EILEEN828
    A hot summer has been doing that to me too. It seems to take all the air out of your sails. We've been having the hottest summer ever and now that the weather has had a few cool down days I've kind of got rejuvenated. You'll know what you will want to do once a little time has passed. Unless you're making a career out of running it would certainly be OK to let a race pass by. There will always be more, do them when you're motivated, so that you will enjoy them.
    2097 days ago
    Super hot and humid here too. I can't even imagine running in this weather. I am still walking the golf course and sometimes I have to trot a bit when I leave my push cart in the wrong place. That's enough. In fact after 3 days of golf, I am going to play again today but I am taking a cart as it is going to be 90' today. I don't know why I am playing today except someone asked me to and I never find myself saying no.
    2098 days ago
    The heat slows me down too, I don't run, can't run but admire those who can. However if you no longer enjoy the pressures of a race, limit them or just do your own thing. You are not letting anyone down. If it's the weather that is guiding your choice-you may want to change later, but maybe your body wants something different. I know you will make the best choice for yourself and your body. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    2098 days ago
    Maybe it is the hot weather that is leaving you in a quandary about the 5Ks. I did about 27 races before I hurt my knees (gardening). For the last two years, I have only been able to do a race or two (with both knees wrapped), but I missed it so much, I try to be in the race any way I can. We are all different and you will decide what works for you. Enjoy yourself whatever you decide to do.
    2099 days ago
    BOY, was it hot yesterday. (I live in Minnesota too.) Today is supposed to be the same with higher humidity. These are the dog days of Minnesota for me. I do not like high heat and humidity. I am really looking forward to cooling September.

    I think it is actually better to run alone. Gives you time to rev up your brain and have some quiet time to think of how great you are doing.

    Spark on.
    2099 days ago
    Whatever you decide about the 5K is the right decision. Hoping the weather will start cooling down a bit.
    2099 days ago
    The only way I can run outside in summer here in VA is to get out there before 6 am. It's cooler but the humidity is higher, like running through jello.

    So not much in the way of training.
    I NEVER race in the summer. It's just not any fun and running is supposed to be enjoyable.

    Take a break from racing and come back stronger. That's my plan.
    2099 days ago
    Just like you, I like to run alone in my own pace.
    In the past 4 years I ran 3-4 times every week, and only ran 3 races - I like feeling being in a huge runner's community, but I don't like getting there in the crowd, and adjusting my day plan.
    I understand why many others love races and run one every couple of weeks.
    2099 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9234910
    I am sorry to read it is so hot in Minnesota at the moment! Here I am glad to say the weather is really good, and I am aiming for some hikes (if these kidney stones could just stop hurting like this I would be completely happy!).
    Concerning your 5Ks, I think it is completely fine to stop running them because you just know you will keep exercising and running anyway. In my view these are useful for people who enjoy them or who need the challenge to keep running (I know it was the case for me at the very beginning, when I used to run!). If you feel you aren't enjoying them so much, then just do what you enjoy because there are so many things already!
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    2099 days ago
    I can relate to the heat, living in MN...it's been very HOT, and really zaps the energy out of the body...lots of water.
    About running, can you do just walks, or runs where there isn't so many, so you don't feel pressured to finish in a certain time? Either way, you know what is comfortable for you...I trust you will make the best decision for yourself. You should be very, very proud of yourself for what you've accomplished..because I am...
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    I think that is wise...to just wait and see. I have never ran or walked a competitive race before, but maybe would like to once, just to see what it is like...maybe the Color Run one you have been in. But, I am just happy doing my fun, walks with my husband, always trying to drive to new places to do so. The only thing I think is nice about some of those organized walks/runs is the ones for charity. Other than that, too crowded for me. I love the peacefulness of the woods, or the parks or the rail trails...enjoying nature, not trying to avoid other people trying to run a race. Just my opinion. No matter you do Holly, you inspire us all with your determination to stay healthy and active!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • ANGGEL40
    Girl don't mention the heat, it was extremely hot here today! I had to go run a little errand and I was like my goodness, it was so hot that I didn't see anyone out in my neighborhood! I know you will decide what is best for you when it comes to running! Stay Cool and Stay Bless!
    2099 days ago
    I have found for myself I don't care for them too much but I love the idea of an event to work towards I just seem to not enjoy the other people participating in the few I've done so far. But once we move to a friendlier area I'll try one again!
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  • RAMONA1954
    Maybe you're just doing too many 5K runs. Maybe if you just pick a few select ones and then running for fun for awhile you'll find the right answer for you. You know you can do it so maybe it's just not challenging you. Either way you'll figure out
    2099 days ago
    103 here today. Leisurely walking only.
    2099 days ago
    It's been unusually hot here in Portland this summer but if finally cooled down yesterday. Suppose to warm up again tomorrow. When I do races I only compete with myself and they force me to get out early. Sadly I haven't done any since early spring. If you're not enjoying them then do the lake running you do enjoy. And you can lays go back to them when you want.
    2099 days ago
    I know what you mean about changing up exercise and how crazy it is when you use under-utilized muscles! I'm always shocked and humbled when that happens, haha!
    I'm loving the hot temps and humidity right now. It's basically my favorite time to ride my bike! Although, there's a lot of self-created wind flow while biking, which cuts down the heat/humidity. And, I definitely appreciate the A/C as soon as I'm done!
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    2099 days ago
    Pace yourself with the hot weather! Keep challenging yourself!
    2099 days ago
    We actually got a change of pace weather wise today, it has been 100 + but today was in the 80's. Sweet relief!

    I am not much for large group activities but that is just me. One of my friends does virtual races have you ever checked into those?

    Good job on the bike! Whew!
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    2099 days ago
    Only you can make that decision if you want to continue running your 5K's. I will always be your biggest cheerleader if you decide to run a 5K or if you want to continue running, walking or riding your bike! I am so proud of you that you did a 3 mile walk around the lake this morning and you rode your bike for 6 miles this evening! You are such an inspiration to me Holly! I hope you and your honey are having a Beautiful Saturday and a Wonderful Weekend!
    Hugs and love, xoxo
    2099 days ago
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