In about two weeks, I’ll be heading to Canada for the second time this summer to run SeaWheeze, Lululemon’s half marathon. This time, I’ll be in Vancouver with two friends from college. We plan to spend Friday-Sunday in Vancouver and are then taking a bus to Seattle through Wednesday. I’ve never been to either city and can’t wait to explore. I’ve been told that I’ll love the Pacific Northwest so much that I won’t want to leave.
I actually registered for SeaWheeze last September, so this race has been a long time coming. However, it sneaked up on me this summer. After I ran the Nike Women 15K Toronto in June, I took a break from serious training and varied my workouts. Any given week included two shorter runs, yoga, spin, and strength training. Spontaneous workouts might not be the most effective, but at least I was staying active. To make the most of the summer, I was also spending weekends at the beach and evenings with friends. About two weeks ago, I realized how quickly SeaWheeze was approaching. Let’s just say that I don’t plan to PR in Vancouver. Instead, I plan to enjoy the view and mentally prepare for my hilly races in New Hampshire and San Francisco this fall.
While we’re being honest, I’m going to admit that I really dislike summer running. Yes, 70-degree morning or evening runs with a cool breeze are wonderful, but that’s not what we’re dealing with in New York right now. I’m sure many of you are also dealing with 85+ degree temperatures paired with heavy humidity. It’s rough. I “learned” to run during the late fall and winter, so I prefer running in cooler temperatures. My ideal running weather is about 55-60 degrees and overcast. Does that make me crazy? As a result, catching up on training in the heat hasn’t been easy. I’ve been wearing as much sunscreen and drinking as much water as possible.
On Monday, I did a run commute home from work, which is about 6 miles. I’m planning to run 8 miles at Summer Streets on Saturday, followed by a 10-miler next week before a quick taper. If you’re in New York over the first three weekends in August, make sure you check out Summer Streets. On August 1/8/15, New York will close 7 miles of Park Avenue/Lafayette Street that stretch from 72nd Street to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall. While runners and cyclists are excited about having a new training route that connects to Central Park, there are also sponsored activities (including a zip line and water slide) along the way. Added bonus? There are five rest stops with cold water along the route.
Photography by Nick A. Urteaga