Remember how I was all excited during last week’s wrap up about getting back to running so I could get ready for my marathon training cycle? This week’s wrap up is not going to be like that. Thanks to the crazy heat we’re having in the Midwest, I have a big fat zero for runs this week. Oops. We were under a heat advisory all week and the one time I tried it, I realized immediately it was unsafe for me. That doesn’t mean there was no activity at all last week, though.
My strategy for staying active during a hot week:
- Good chance to get started with strength training! I did three rounds of strength training, including one with my new weighted bar.
- Walk the miles you don’t run: When it is too hot to run, I try to still get out to get some miles on my legs with hilly walks and I did that well this week, with several walks, including my 4 miles I’d planned for Saturday’s run.
Other things I could have done but didn’t because of my schedule this week would have been hitting the treadmill, the pool or a class at the gym. The key is to keep moving but stay safe. Heat injury is a serious and deadly possibility when the weather gets this out of hand. No workout is worth that risk. Check out the signs and more info on heat injury here. Heat is tricky for me now with the lupus particularly because I get dizzy so easily anyway (especially during flares like I’ve had lately) so adding to that by going out in the heat seems like a guaranteed way to crash.
This week, I’m in Montana for work so heat is less of a concern. I’m planning lots of hikes and a couple of runs to take advantage of the gorgeous scenery and temperatures. I’ve started off well with strength training already this morning and a hike planned during my afternoon break at my meeting.
My NSV this week is staying off the scale – possibly the most literal NSV ever, right? However, I’ve been working a lot to remind myself that I’ve got to start shifting my thinking about food during the marathon cycle. Despite staying off the scale, I still stayed on track with good food choices for the most part.
I’m grateful for coffee. Thanks to travel delays, we didn’t get to our hotel in Montana until 1 am Sunday and then I spent all day Sunday from 8 am – 9 pm in meetings. Coffee is a lifesaver. The colleague I traveled with is running this meeting and I am amazed she was able to hold it together all day yesterday on 6-ish hours of sleep. My good deed was staying awake in the car Sunday morning as we drove from the airport in Bozeman out to Big Sky. It was a dark and windy road, so an extra pair of eyes to look out for curves, animals and other cars were definitely needed in the wee hours of the morning, not to mention the chatting to help driver stay awake.