I have been having such a hard time getting myself out to go running. Mostly its because my runs have been so miserable lately. Living in a new area with a completely different climate is throwing me all out of whack. Now, I’ve run my fair share in heat. I hate heat, but I’ve found ways of coping with it and made my peace.
Humidity, on the other hand? We are not friends.
Seriously, since I moved here I haven’t been able to complete one run without having to take walking breaks. I feel my body overheating and my heart racing. It’s not fun. So, as I’m sitting in my air conditioned house, I find it very challenging to will myself to go out for a run.
Now, some have suggested that I run earlier. And that does help temperature wise. But I have found that the humidity is always higher in the morning which just makes me feel like I am having to cut my way through the tropical air.
I feel like I might have found a way to make it through the next few weeks though. Today I went running without my garmin. I wanted to see if not “recording” my run would help give me permission to run slow enough so that I wouldn’t have to stop and walk just so that I don’t pass out or throw up. It worked! I just kept telling myself to keep it slow and steady.
With my garmin lately I’ve been super depressed every time I glance down and see in numbers how slowly I’ve been running. Which always makes me speed up. Which always makes me overheat and need to stop to walk. But without that constant feedback, I was freed to run at a sustainable pace and FINALLY finish the 4 mile loop without a walk break.
I’ve been trying to count on both my endurance and speed coming back to me at the same time. Now, its time to accept that I’ve lost both. I’m not where I was and I can’t expect to get there over night. I am going to focus on regaining my endurance–adding on miles. Then I will reintroduce the garmin.
For now, I just need to not dread running. That is the goal.