Friday, August 7, 2009

Summer run pics & the problem with evening runs.

So excited!  I now have my camera phone operational and can upload to the computer.  Yay!  I love to take pics and it seems that the pictures that the phone takes are not too bad. 

Happy Feet
These are pics from my Thurs. attempt at a tempo run in MS.  At this point, I am about 1.5 miles into my run and my feet are still happy at this point.

The problem with evening runs?  I get HUNGRY! During the summer, I run more in the morning than in the evening for a few reasons, but the biggest reason is the hunger thing. If I wait until it cools off, that puts me running at 7:00 pm, by the time I run for an hour, then shower, and get something to eat, it's 8:30 or 9:00pm. Then I pig out because I am so starving, and then go to bed with a pot belly. Normally, I eat an early dinner, around 5:30 or 6:00.  So waiting until 9:00pm is really dangerous.

So today I headed to South Louisiana. I stopped to get gas about 45 min. north of my destination. When I stepped out of the car, I couldn't believe the heat and humidity. It's only been 2 weeks since I've been down, but boy, it's amazing how different it is from South MS to South LA. So of course, I am dreading my evening run. Instead of waiting for it to cool off, we decided to go run at 6:00 pm. Just to torture myself, I look up the weather at 6:00 pm, just before heading out the door. 90 degrees with a heat index of 101. I need to get 6 easy (junk miles) miles in. Once I get started it really wasn't too bad, I stopped for water/gatorade every 2 miles. Also, the good thing, it was a flat run. I haven't had any flat runs in a while so it was nice to run on a flat surface along the bayou.

So you ask, why did you wait until the evening if you prefer to run in the morning? If you read my blog about my Thurs. run, you notice I was apparently fatigued. So instead of running 24 hours later, by waiting until the evening, that gives me 36 hours of recovery. Also this morning, I had an early morning Chamber of Commerce breakfast, so evening run it was. One other thing,  I do like to mix it up. They say it keeps the body guessing and that is supposed to be a good thing.


Meg Runs said...

You're so smart on the 24 hrs. versus 36 hrs...more recovery is always good! I also like mixing up the running in the morning and in the evening...sometimes mid day if it's not too hot.
Sounds like you had fun!

Jennifer said...

Nice going on the runs and recovery. Great pics too, looks like a lovley area to run! I need to find more places like that, the Trace gets boreing so fast!

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

Thanks - Jen you should come out sometime. I am about 17 miles from the Gateway. It will take 25-30 min. with traffic. We could either bike, I have a GREAT 10 mile loop, or when you get back to running a little more I have a good 5 mile loop, or we can do whatever.