Friday, July 20, 2012

four things friday

When in doubt, make a list...


1. I'm in a full-blown hatred affair with running right now.  There is absolutely nothing enjoyable about it at all, and the only reason I'm doing the teeny tiny bit of it that I am doing is because I know how completely annoying it is to start over after several weeks off.  And I try to plan my race schedule around how much it sucks so I can minimize my own complaining.  But I hate it.  I hate the weather here in DC, and I know that it's my choice to live here (despite the fact that we are trying to leave), but I still hate it with an angry fiery passion.  I hate the humidity, I hate that the dew point is consistently rated somewhere between "oppressive" and "miserable," I hate that the temperature doesn't go below 80┬║ for weeks on end, even at 2am.  And don't even talk to me about the treadmill, the climate in my gym is worse than being outside because their a/c situation is such a disaster.


2. All of that said, I had a lung function test at my spring allergy appointment in April that revealed 69% lung function (I just looked it up, I actually remembered it as being higher than that), which was a pretty significant drop from the test I had done a year earlier.  My doctor prescribed a different kind of inhaler after I told him that last one had stopped helping, and that helped for a little while, but then it stopped as well.  I did not even consider associating this with my severe hatred of running until I read a post by Cristina earlier this week about her own dealings with asthma/summer/running, but now the wheels are turning.  I run early in the morning because I'd rather take humidity with cool temps instead of boiling sunshine after the humidity has burned off a bit.  After about 15 minutes of running, my chest is hurting so much that I stop and walk a bit, then run until it hurts again, walk, and repeat until I'm home, and then spend the rest of the day coughing.  I pretty much assumed that everyone dealt with this in the oppressing humidity and I was just being a giant weenie, but now I do wonder if perhaps I could find some relief.  So I've made an appointment and we'll see.  The soonest appointment they had was several weeks away so I'll be complaining until then, and there's a good chance that I'm just going to pay someone to tell me to stop being a fucking pussy and run already, but I don't have much else going on so I might as well go annoy a specialist with my whining.


3. I got my hands on a pair of these:
...and ran in them this morning.  I've never actually run in Mizunos before and might have picked out the wrong pair because I don't understand their line at all, but they were pretty comfortable.  They are a bit narrow in the front for me (I have a bunion on my right foot) but soft and squishy and I think I will keep them around for a while.  And honestly, a person running eight miles per week can't have too many pairs of running shoes.


4. When we brought Graham home almost three years ago, we crate-trained him.  I firmly believe that it is a kindness and not cruelty to a dog, and all three of ours have gone through it.  By the time Graham was a year old, we weren't really crating him anymore because he never had a chewing problem when we weren't home.  Molly took over his crate when she came home and Sofie got a crate of her own because she is completely insane, but Graham hasn't been crated in years.  But as soon as we learned that we were going to be able to bring him home from the hospital, we went out and bought a crate.  As his incision has healed and he has transitioned away from the cone, we've been reintroducing him to life behind bars.
He hates it almost as much as I hate running in the summer, but I don't have a lot of sympathy for him because at least he can't hurt himself in there.  


So that's my four things, which is basically just one giant pissed-off complaint about running and the weather, but I'll try to not complain about it again until next summer.  Anyone else choking to death on slow 3-mile runs?

29 comments:

  1. Ok, I will admit that this summer seems to be particularly cruel in the humidity dept. When I was running this morning, the temp had dropped but that stupid humidity is still so thick out there. Just give me a couple of AC free days and I won't complain. Still beats winter, though!

    Glad Graham is home, healing, and hanging in his crate, even if he doesn't love it!

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  2. No, as miserable as I have been running in the heat and humidity, I don't experience anything like that. Going to the doctor is a good call.

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  3. Yesterday morning I went running - it was like 83* and I was like oh it's SO cool! I agree - I am so over this oppressive DC weather!

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  4. Come on fall get here already! I don't think anyone likes running in this heat.

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  5. Good luck with running in the heat. I usually avoid it at all costs, but it seems that I can't do that avoidance thing this summer ('biggish' race on August 5). I'm a total wimp and admit it, so I respect all you people on the East Coast who keep running.

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  6. Dude, 69% lung function? The fact that you're running at all is pretty impressive. Try running in the evening when the pollen counts may be lower. I hope your doc can find some meds that work better. Or maybe you could move to cool and breezy SF for the summer - it was 67 here yesterday, that's a summer heatwave.

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  7. Wow, 69% is bad. I'm surprised you don't have issues in cold weather -- or really, all weather. Definitely something to treat immediately before it gets worse -- which it tends to do with lung function.

    Also, I know you don't like to go more than 2 blocks but your gym REALLY sucks and you need to find a new one.

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  8. I have complained to my gym about how hot it is in there!! I run on the treadmill to try and avoid the heat outside and I end up still dehydrated and exhausted! I'm glad I'm not the only one the hates the heat that much! I'm glad some of my longer training will be happening in the cooler months!

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  9. we have to keep one of our dogs (well my parents' dog) in a crate at night and when we're gone for a long time because she's is bonkers. so i understand the crates! and i'm glad graham isn't injuring himself.

    and i think running sucks lately too and i didn't even do an ironman. but i tried running yesterday and got shin splints so i quit for a while.

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  10. Our dog has childish nightmares in the middle of the night and wakes us up panting and drooling. When she's in her crate, or "Pup Tent" as we call it, she's much more calm and happy. Something about securing the perimeter, I'm think....

    Yeah, foggy, cold, Northern California summer. I literally haven't seen the sun in four days and pulled out my scarf and hoodie pea coat for a concert last night. Trade ya?

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    1. oh lordy, I would trade in a heartbeat...

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  11. I'll give you my bank account info and you can just direct deposit the money and I'll tell you to stop being a pussy everyday if you need me to.

    We crate train Ginga and it is a blessing. Now we leave the door open and just say good-night and she walks into her crate and goes to sleep. The door to the crate is wide open and she doesn't leave until we call her in the morning.

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  12. I am with you completely on running in this ridiculous heat and humidity, it sucks and demoralizes you. that being said, I know it is cooling off for us a little in NJ - hopefully the same for you :)

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  13. Just one comment - if you're a weenie, then I'm a huge ass double weenie. Because, based on those tests, you're battling a much large problem than I am. You get massive badass points.

    [but you don't want badass points, you want to breathe]

    The coughing is a big sign, as is the inability to recover without walking.

    Keep pushing until you get answers.

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  14. The humidity is worse than last year for sure. We had some pretty hot days last year too but after every run it seems lately I can literally wring my sports bra and shorts out. It is pretty gross.

    I agree with Cris...keep pushing until you get answers.

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  15. I've never had any of the chest pains/issues you are describing when running the heat and humidity. I just feel sweaty and gross and tired. And really, really HOT. I hope the specialist can set you up with some new meds that make you feel a lot better.

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    1. sweaty gross and tired actually sounds kind of fabulous....

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  16. I can't take this heat/humidity this year for some reason. I pushed through it last year for MCM training but my half marathon at the end of next month is not providing the proper motivation. I did a 3.5 mile walk/run at lunch yesterday and it wasn't even as hot as it had been earlier this week and I still ended up with a migraine!
    I signed up for the Mizuno project thingy but haven't heard back from them. At this point I've given up on it and I'll just continue to run in my cheapy shoes and not be tempted to spend more on my shoes.
    Delilah and Nova are crate trained. My dogs growing up were not crate trained but we kept them "locked" up in our pantry with a piece of plywood when they were puppies. I wasn't able to transition Delilah into being left to her own devices in the house because we lived with a cat in a 2-bedroom apartment for most of her life. It was just easier (and safer for all involved) to crate her. Last summer we let her have some freedom but she got anxious and started chewing random things up (including my space blanket from MCM) so she is crated most of the time again... unless I go swimming on my lunch break and forget to lock her crate, then she can do as she pleases.

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  17. I went through a whole I hate running thing also recently and what helped me was to lose the iPod and Garmin when running and to just go running!

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  18. Ooh, which Mizunos are those? I ran in the Nirvana for a while and loved it but had to quit because my feet are dumb.

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    1. Wave Inspire! I don't know anything about them.

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  19. I put a sweatshirt on twice yesterday because I was cold but you probably don't want to hear that. Right now the weather is perfect! Sunny and coolish. Love it.

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  20. Our Lab is now 4+ yrs old and loves her crate. We took the door off some time ago and I find her in there from time to time. It's her safe place and her place where she goes if she's dead tired or if she feels we're not paying enough attention to her!

    In the Northeast here and been right there with you in the humidity department. Glad it finally seems to be breaking!

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  21. I can't even imagine running in the humidity all the time. It sounds miserable! I hate winters in Oregon, but the summers make it worth it. Good luck sorting out your allergies!

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  22. In D's words (On the ride, once we returned to DC from NM): "This humidity easily trumps ANY benefit we got from training at altitude for a week!"

    Couldn't agree more. That air may be low in oxygen, but at least it's DRY. Oof.

    Also, nobody can have "too many" running shoes.

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  23. This summer has felt unusually cruel. I just wrote about the same thing this morning, and I will rarely openly complain about the weather. It's weird - I feel good when I'm out there, then feel miserable hours later.

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  24. I took a month off and am starting from scratch. It sucks arse.

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  25. Its a well known fact: the fewer miles you run,, the more pairs of shoes you need.

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  26. I remember training for a marathon with pneumonia, then actually running the race while I still had it.. UGH...... I could NOT breath. I hope it gets better for you.

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