I’ve been quiet on the running front recently and there’s a good reason for this…. I haven’t really been running all that much.
I know we shouldn’t complain about this weather but I am absolutely, completely NOT a summer runner. The truth is, I just don’t cope with the heat. No matter what I do, I can’t get the hydration right, I feel sick and shaky five minutes into a run, I can’t breathe (and have had a few panic attacks as a result), the legs won’t turn over and I struggle even more than usual with the mental strength needed for a good run. When I’ve made it to club nights (always interval night as I feel it’s the one that I get the most out of), I’ve found it ridiculously tough. Last week I sat out more than I ran!
I find this SO frustrating that it just makes me not want to even bother.
Added to this, I really could do with some shorts as just getting into the capris is a struggle in this heat! I find it a real pain buying new kit and I’ve got some really old favourites that, even when I buy new, I end up falling back on. Some items are pushing 10 years old! It’s rare to find shorts that don’t ride up in the leg, result in ‘chub rub’ or aren’t too low cut in the waist… Having had two rather large babies I have some definite requirements in that respect in particular! The last pair I bought irritated me so much by riding up or slipping down in the three runs I wore them that I sold them (better than adding them to the quite large, never to be worn for running pile!).
Recently, a fellow club mate reviewed some kit on her blog and it all looked great. It’s good to see that manufacturers are finally making tops that don’t fit like a second skin and are a decent length (nobody needs me to flash my midriff!). Another friend has also been topping up her running kit post baby and has some gorgeous new items and other ladies from the club have been sporting some funky new kit. You see, in running as in life, us girls like to look good (or, in my case, as good as I can!)..
And so, as it’s pay day, I may permit myself a little online browse later… the temp has dropped marginally and maybe some pretty new kit will help me relocate my mojo!
How do you cope with training in the heat?
What are your recommendations for fit kit?
Does feeling good about how you look help your workout?