Pushing ahead

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This might be what I look like when I run.
Photo from Buzzfeed.

My second run of the week is behind me (woot!), but it was’t an easy one. Even at 6:15 p.m. the heat index hovered around 95 degrees. That’s hot to be standing around doing nothing, but alas I’d committed to a run and there was no getting around or out of it. I’m happy to report that I did not eat Mexican food yesterday and I wore a pair of shorts that fit just right. It was late enough and overcast that I didn’t need sunglasses or hat. Three for three! A sweatband of the wrist variety might still have been good to wear. I actually don’t own one and think I will make a point of stopping by City Sports tomorrow to see what they have. Sweat in the eyes is just flat out unpleasant and frankly it’s starting to frustrate me. Is this a shut up and deal sort of situation? I think it might be…

I know I said last time that I had found mascara that could last through even the sweatiest of runs. Well, I was proven wrong. Only around the edges of my eyes, but still. Thank you, DC weather. Granted between last night’s heat and humidity, what wouldn’t melt?

Despite the challenges the heat has presented, I can tell that my endurance is increasing. Even on the elliptical at the gym, I can push harder and farther. I’m excited that my body seems to be responding so well. I don’t feel especially sore or stiff. A little pain in my left hip, but I knew that would come and will likely just be something I have to deal with. I’m working to strengthening my left leg to match my right (dominant) leg. With special attention I think I can minimize the imbalance. Running is helping me to reconnect with my body again. It’s been a while since I’ve felt so in tune. Being aware and thoughtful of my body’s abilities and limitations is one of my favorite aspects of being physically active. I guess you could say that I like a challenge and learning as a result of being challenged. Perhaps why running appeals?

My next run is slated for Sunday. Forecast says 85. Here’s hoping!

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