elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

A Hot One

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This morning I ran five miles and I am glad I got it in early. We are have quite a hot spell as well as a bit of a dry spell. It was already close to 70 degrees when I started my run. Great weather for a morning swim, but it could have been a bit cooler for my run. No worries, I told myself. Thursday runs are my easy pace runs. I was happy with my pace for an easy run and even happier that I kept my average heart rate around 135.  This was the longest I have run since the ten mile race and the hilliest in two weeks. My legs were a bit fatigued from my ride last night, but I made it through. I also remembered to bring my energy drink filled with electrolytes so I didn’t have a problem with cramping.

When I left work this evening I walked into a wall of heat outside. It is over 90 degrees and I am glad I don’t have a workout this evening. Since we are racing on Sunday, no weight lifting is scheduled for this evening. Thus begins the tapering process. Sunday looks to be a hot day too. So much goes in to training and racing – more than just the actually sports training. Nutrition, hydration, clothing, proper gear, the list goes on. My latest research has me wanting to try Nuun, a supplement tablet that dissolves in water with very little calories or carbs, just vitamins and electrolytes. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to pick some up and report back.

With the evening off from training I am taking advantage of my free time and spending it with a good friend I haven’t seen in a while. The last text she sent was telling me to bring my swim suit, they have a pool and we are going to take advantage of it to stay cool. Something I haven’t done in a while – played in a pool instead of swimming back and forth in it. A little reminder to enjoy all around me, even the things, like a pool, that I consider more of a fitness item rather than a leisure item. Summer is certainly here and I am going to enjoy it while it lasts – and with great friends. Life is good.

 

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

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