Have you ever thought, “I could actually get in some great training runs if my job, family, and other events would stop getting in the way?”
Now throw another factor into the mix: Heat and Humidity. I remember the great summer mornings in Portland, Oregon, when I could run for miles and barely break a sweat. Now that I reside in St. Louis, I find it hard to peel off the “dry-fit” shirt when I return home from a short 3-miler. Before each summer run, my mind tells me to check the temperature and humidity using an app on my phone and then the voices in my head try to tell me to stay inside, open up a tub of ice cream, grab the remote, and enjoy some relaxation. Unfortunately the pair of Saucony’s at the front door don’t have a voice to counter those in my head.
I don’t have the answers. For me, all of these are reasons I run. But even more, if I don’t run, it becomes harder for me to focus on these other important parts of my life. Just ask my wife…there are three things that make me cranky: lack of food, less than eight hours of sleep, and inability to get in a good run.
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