Dragging Myself Out

I’m having so much trouble convincing myself to run outside in the heat.  It’s disgusting outside and the temperature has me slowing down significantly.

But there is something awesome about the feeling after a hot run.  Coming home dripping with sweat has me really feeling like I did something good for my body.  Of course, sweat doesn’t necessarily measure a good workout, or I could go outside and stand under a tree and come inside sweaty.

There’s just something mental about it.  I can’t say being disgusting while running is enjoyable, but afterwards, it’s awesome.  I’ve seen a bunch of people posting sweaty post-run pictures on Twitter and Instagram, and it seems like I’m not the only one who “enjoys” this feeling of accomplishment.

I still don’t know how you warm climate runners do it, but for now, I’m going to focus on that awesomely sweaty feeling when I drag myself out for a run outside.

A Great Day

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Today is a day that I’m proud to be an American.  I always love this time of year because the big Supreme Court decisions come out.  While the voting rights case leaves much to be desired, yesterday, a huge step was taken towards equality for all.

I saw a number of marriage proposals on Twitter yesterday, which I think is adorable (though don’t actually propose through Twitter, people).

While yesterday’s rulings don’t solve everything, the demise of DOMA and Prop 8 remaining overturned are awesome results for so many gay couples. They will no longer be treated like second class citizens.  We have a lot of work to do to fully get there (there are some complications that still need to be worked out and things like Social Security will likely need to be overhauled) but I have confidence we will get there!

Equality is love.



Carrying Water

A lot of new runners wonder whether or not they should carry water during their races.  My opinion?  Do what feels right to you.

Some runners will tell you that it’s pointless to carry your own water in a race.  There are water stops.  Carrying water just means carrying extra weight.  These are true facts.

Personally?  I carry water at every single race.  Not enough to get me through the race, but enough that if I want a drink between water stops or if water stops are just too crowded, I can drink from my bottle and not have to worry about it.

I train wearing a water belt or carry a handheld bottle.  So I’m used to having water whenever I want it.  Why change that for a race?  My water belt doesn’t bother me, and I’m not fast enough to worry about being weighed down.

I only carry a handheld for a race of 5K or less.  For longer races, I wear a water belt.  I have a couple of different belts, most made by Amphipod, just because those are the ones that work the best for me.  There are a bunch of options out there though, so check them out if you’re interested.

You should do what feels right to you and not worry about what others are doing.  If you hate carrying water, or don’t want to be bothered with a water belt, then don’t worry about it.  A well organized race will have plenty of water for you on the course.  But if you feel more comfortable with your own water bottles, then carry them.  It’s up to you.  You’ll see people who have made both choices out on the course.

Don’t worry about how you will look either way.  It’s about how you feel.  If you are comfortable, you’ll have a better race, no matter which way you choose to go with water.

And if there are any typos in this post, I blame my writing partner.


Search Terms Take Two

One of the fun things about having a blog is seeing what search terms people use to find your blog.  A lot of people who find my blog find it searching for runDisney or various race reviews, but there are always random ones that make me laugh.

“Sparkly feeling in elbow” – I love that this brought someone to elbowglitter.com.  But I’m sorry, that’s probably not confetti in your elbow.  It’s probably from hitting your funny bone.  Which really isn’t all that funny at all.  I promise, elbowglitter is way more fun than hitting your funny bone.

“old ladies in the locker room” – I worry that this person was looking for something untoward.  Yikes.

“does epsom salt work for chafing” – Work to do what?  Have you ever heard the phrase “pouring salt in an open wound?”  Yeah, that’s what I think epsom salts would do to a chafed spot.  It would be painful and excruciating and please don’t do it.

“caterpillar crisis 2013” – Too many caterpillars?  Not enough?  I don’t know what this means.  But I’m pretty sure it looks like this.



Source.  Poor Heimlich.

“when is a person a real runner” – Well, my opinion is that the day you realize that you actually want to go out on a run, that’s when you’re a runner.  Or maybe it’s when you get your first runner’s high.  Or maybe it’s the day you finish a race with a smile.  I think you’re a real runner when you feel like a real runner.

I still don’t know what the person looking for the caterpillar crisis info found when they hit my blog.  But I hope they’re still reading.


The Pounds Aren’t Melting Off

A friend asked me the other day if all of my triathlon training is helping me lose weight.

In a word, no.

Of course, the training is certainly having an effect on my body, and muscle weighs more than fat, and I’m pretty sure I’m toning up.  I have to be!  But it’s not like I’m dropping belly fat as I would like to.

Admittedly, a lot of this is my fault.  75% of the time, my diet is awesome.  But that other 25% of the time is not good.  Not good at all.  I think it’s maybe because I do keep my diet so tight that when I splurge, I go completely off the rails.  I need more planned splurges.

I’m still following Weight Watchers, and I just set my ActiveLink for a new challenge, so I’m going to try to increase my activity.  Some of that is going to happen naturally as my training picks back up and I force myself to stick to the plan.

I’m also doing another DietBet with Diet-to-Go.  I’ve done a few DietBets before, and sometimes I’m successful and sometimes I’m not, but I figured since I’m a DTG Ambassador, I’d give this one a shot.  I’m hoping I can do it.

Clearly my plan to tone up for the cruise didn’t happen.  The cruise is in late September, and I’m not going to lose 20 pounds by then.  But I do need to lose the weight that has been creeping on.