I was really hoping that this new find at Trader Joe’s would help me wake up this morning for a pre-dawn recovery run.
I really hate knocking around in the kitchen making coffee when everyone else is asleep. Inevitably the noise makes all of the people who really need the sleep most (uh hum) wake up.
And also I was thinking that having a bit of coffee over ice would be perfectly seasonal since we are basically living in sauna-like conditions in Southern California from August through October.
But Lo! and Behold! MFP woke up before I did, made coffee (no need for Cold Brew) and tiptoed out for a run with Charlie.
I fell back to sleep. Perhaps I will try my new coffee tomorrow?
Anyway. Since I was too much of a lazy a$* to get myself up and out early, I had to wait until the boys were off before I could hit the road.
Here are a few observations I have made about running in mid-morning, 80-plus degree temperatures:
1)Do not stop running! When you stop you realize how hot it really is. Keeping going!
2)Listen to music (more on this one later).
3)Think about all of our friends who are marathon training and who have to run 20-milers in this heat. It will make your run feel like a piece of cake.
4)Bring along some orange slices to suck on after your run to help stop that dizzy, sort of disorienting sensation you feel at the end of the effort.
5)Take your shirt off. Even the big-bellied among us are doing it these days. I love it. High-fives all around for six-packs and rolls alike.
6)Plan your run better the next day so that you don’t have to take any advice from someone who experiences dizzy sensations, takes her shirt off in public and sings along to Anti-Flag.
I took along Oldest’s old iPod on today’s run because carrying my phone is just not possible in this heat. Those extra ounces have got to GO!
So I was a bit nervous about what I would find blaring into my ears.
I set it to shuffle so that I could get a sort of cross-section of his music interests from age 12 to 15.
It was fascinating.
A few that surprised me:
- “I Don’t Believe You,” by The Magnetic Fields
- “So Lonely,” The Police
- “Ray Ray Rain,” Bettie Serveert
But I really got stuck on an acoustic live version of the U2 song “40” featuring Annie Lenox.
Last year when I was training for the Long Beach Marathon, I suffered through my long runs, as most of them happened to fall on days much like today (I also cut them short which turned around and bit me in my lazy a$$ on race day.)
But I remember clearly trying to focus on a particular song, played over and over, to get me through the last few miles of those grueling efforts.
I had an Oasis song that I held onto for the last six miles of my runs. I just kept listening to it over and over again, repeating the lyrics to myself and putting one foot in front of the other.
So today I did that with “40,” and it helped me survive with a smile on my face.
But of course I was pretty delirious, so take my experience with a grain of salt.
Or get yourself up at a decent hour and take your run with a big swig of Cold Brew.
And call me tomorrow.
That’s what I really recommend.