(DISCLOSURE: this post is part of a compensated project I’m doing with the Women’s Running Series. I’m competing in the 5K, but there is also a half marathon distance and events all across the country. PLEASE SEE MY DISCLOSURE POLICY FOR MORE.)
I have now lived in Florida for longer than I’ve ever lived in one place before.
I arrived just in time for the 2004 hurricanes that hit the area one-two-three-four (thanks for the welcome, so-called SUNSHINE state) and figured that I’d be gone within two years. Three, tops.
Ahem. It’s been nine years and I have to admit…I’m a Florida fan. I have become one of the natives. I love my home.
Speaking of fans (see what I did there?) we have them running full-blast, pumping air conditioned air through our house because it’s just too miserable to step outside.
That graphic actually shows a cooldown from last week.
But what’s a girl to do? I have races scheduled for every month starting in September and not only do I want to go in with at least some conditioning, it’s likely to be toasty here in Florida through Thanksgiving. I don’t have a treadmill and I’m currently gym membership-less, so…
…I suck it up. Grab a water bottle. And run until I can’t see through the sweat in my eyes.
Then I come home and jump in the pool (it’s better than an ice bath…).
As much as I moan and whine about the heat, the alternative is to NOT run, which is just not a choice I’m willing to make. So I hit the road, log my miles and reward (bribe) myself with delicious baked goods as much as possible.
Do you run through the heat or other bad weather or do you take certain seasons off from outdoor workouts?
I’m hoping to PR at the St. Petersburg 5K this fall, and I’d LOVE to have you join me at that event or one of the other Women’s Running Series races in the next few months.
- Nashville, TN – September 28, 2013
- Scottsdale-Tempe, AZ – November 3, 2013
- St. Petersburg, FL – November 24, 2013
If you sign up for the half marathon in St. Pete, use the discount code FITFLKATY for $10 off. (Note: I am being compensated for helping to promote this race but believe me, the sweat and tears I’m putting into training are all mine.)