Most years, we in San Francisco don’t get warm weather until late August. The thermostat swells until mid-October when the rains start and then it won’t get warm again until spring. I love this time of year. Last season, it didn’t warm up at all, so I felt cheated out of our warm weather.
This time around, I’m taking full advantage of the sun’s rays. The last couple of weekends I’ve taken time out in Saturday afternoons to relax in the sun, on a nice grassy hill overlooking the Bay. It’s beautiful there and surprisingly uncrowded. Yes, I do wear sunblock and a cap, but I do also tan nicely. After a tough morning workout, it feels great to lay, sleepily in the sun, basking in what will be gone in a month’s time.
Running in the heat, though, does present some problems, and not being used to it doesn’t help. I went for a 4 miler Sunday morning. I tried to get out early, around 8:30 in the morning and took it slow. It was already warming up. Fortunately it was a little cooler than it had been the day earlier. The run went well. I was so happy to go an extra mile.
I remember going 3 miles out about two months previously when I felt that excruciating knee pain. On this run, there was none. It was a delightful run. I did walk a few times and sipped some water along the way.
I treated myself to a protein smoothie and Blue Bottle coffee from The Plant afterwards.
One thing that really helps me are my strength training sessions at the YMCA and rolling before and after every run. I am also careful about doing warm ups and cool downs with my runs. Mindfulness is mine.
Since I got back into running, I’ve lost 7 pounds and lost 2.5 inches in total. I have a ways to go yet, but it’s a start!