It's Getting Hot In Here...

I would prefer running in the cold to the heat just about all the time. My attitude is this: you can always put more layers on, but you can only take so many off.

However, the reality is running at this time of year often means running in heat. Given that reality, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit some thoughts on running when it's hot.

Variables

There are some ideas that bear repeating. Whether easily forgotten, easily lost sight of, hard to learn, or just plain important, it is worth revisiting these ideas periodically.

Here is one such idea:

For things to change something has to change.

It doesn't matter whether we are referring to relationships, business, or fitness. More often than not the same actions will lead to the same results. If one is unhappy with one's results, one must change his or her actions.

Track Camp

For the second year in a row I am putting on a track camp for elementary and junior high aged kids.

Last year we had a modest turn out of campers. This year looks about the same.

But let me tell you, those kids are in for a treat!

My goals for the campers, in this order, are:
1) Have fun
2) Get excited about track and field
3) Learn something about track and field and the events in track and field
4) Experience some of the events in track and field

Bolder Boulder Recap

With the advantage of hindsight, I think now is as good a time as any to look back over Bolder Boulder to see what went well, what didn't go well, and what I need to do better at going forward.

First, the important context. This was the 5th time I have run Bolder Boulder. I ran my fastest time by over a minute and a half and finished in my highest age group, gender, and overall places ever.

Bolder Boulder

Like the Super Bowl, the Bolder Boulder has taken on a life of its own.

It is an Event.

At least that's how it is for my brother-in-law, sister, and myself. I'm pretty sure our friends tolerate it, but don't get as sucked in.

It is no exaggeration to say that we have been preparing in some way or another for the Bolder Boulder for nearly 6 months. For all of this year our training has been pointing towards this one race.

Farewell, Running Buddies!

Over the last 8 weeks I have had the good fortune to have ready made running buddies. My sister and brother-in-law have been in town and we have been running together. A lot. In fact, we have joked that about all we have done together recently is run, stretch, do strength work, and eat.

I am not complaining, though.

I normally have people to run with pretty regularly. I am part of 2 running clubs, have a bunch of high school athletes to run with, and know and work with enough runners that there are frequent opportunities to get in miles with other people.

Poor Workout Blues

It is easy to stay positive and optimistic when things are going well. When you're hitting your paces in workouts, getting in your miles, feeling strong, and having fun, running seems easy.

However, when a workout goes poorly, you miss a workout or mileage goal, and aches and pains start to creep in, it is easy to start to doubt, get frustrated, and stop having fun.

This past weekend I ran a target race pace workout. It was a big workout for me--the last hard one before the Bolder Boulder, and one I was hoping would be a confidence booster.

Big Time Track and Field

I am currently on the bus heading to the state track meet with out high school track team. Unlike last year when we made this trip with thoughts of a potential team title, this year we have a mix of veterans and youngsters.

Next weekend is the NCAA Division 2 National Championship meet. It is a mere 40 miles from home and at least one former athlete will be competing.

As I have mentioned previously, I enjoy track and field. But big time track and field is even better than normal track and field.

500 Days (of Running)

May 14th 2012 marks the 500th consecutive day I have run at least a mile.

Over the last 500 days I have written about the lessons I have learned and relearned. I have talked about the trials, challenges, and successes along the way. I have been philosophical and (hopefully) practical. I have boasted and celebrated.

Today I will share my secret: Running everyday is important to me.

Important enough that I have done whatever has been necessary to make it happen for 500 days.

Constructive Comments

"Stay tall. Stay tall."

"Don't cross the mid-line."

The usual "pick it up" or "run faster" comments made by spectators inspire ignorance at best and disdain at worst. They are almost always accompanied by thoughts along the lines of, "if it's so slow why don't you get out here and do it" or, "you don't think that occurred to me?"

However, constructive comments made while running aren't so quick to be ignored.

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