Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Foggy with a chance of sweat

Last night, I'm so glad that I didn't run. I was in need of some good quality me time. This morning I got up to run my 4-mile loop, but I didn't quite make it. (I ran only 3.3 miles.) Yesterday, I read on Christin's blog about some of her tips for new runners.
          Even though I am a seasoned runner (going on 12 years now), I thought maybe her tips could help me, and I'm always looking for ways to improve. One tip was to not listen to music. For as long as I can remember, my iPod has been attached to me. The only memories of no music for running was during track practices or races. Today, I decided to forego the music. #fail
          In an attempt to listen to my breathing, I realized that there's a reason I run slower when I run without music. I'm a loud breather. The sounds of my breathe distract me from keeping my head clear, giving myself mini pep talks, and focusing on my cadence. I agree with all of her other tips, but this one just didn't work for me. But hey, at least I tried!
          P.S. Did I mention that it is 90% humidity in Connecticut right now? And extremely foggy? How about that for a sweaty run?


Natalie said...

Ugh I know it's super humid here today...I need to go to Stroller Strides this morning but decided against it. Thanks for sharing your tips!

Megan said...

Running in high humidity would be rough. I don't run, but we get really humid summers here in KS, so I know what it's like. I would have a hard time running without music too. It distracts me, which I need.

wishful nals said...

i think it is AWESOME that you tried! that's half the battle. not sure i would have had the courage to do the same... :)

Kathy S said...

I've never been a runner, but I work outside so I understand the humidity issues. Good job for running in that at all :)

Sweet Southern Prep said...

It IS a small world! Where do you work? I'll have to tell Michelle to stop in and say "hi" when they get there. Move in date is scheduled for June 15th. I do know they have a JMcLaughlin there, so she'll be set. :)

sherri lynn said...

I always run with my iPod too, but on the few times I haven't I got distracted by my breathing too!

Deidre said...

You live in connecticut! (I hail from NH).

Ew 90%? That sounds disgusting. Well at least you found out what works for you and what doesn't! what kind of music do you listen to?

Sundresses and Smiles said...

I can't stand running, but I think I'll check out those tips and see if they'll motivate me, ha!

Taryn said...

I always run with my IPOD too - I feel so unfit when I run without it!!

I just stumbled on your blog and love it!!


Taryn said...

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog :) have added yours to my "following" list!


Krista said...

Hi Amanda! Thanks for visiting/following my blog. Following back!

I don't get to run as often as I used to with 2 little ones but I can't imagine doing it without music. It actually helps me keep a good pace and rhythm.

Best of luck on your races!

The Tame Lion said...

Absolutely fantastic!
You're an inspiration!!