Complaining about the heat – I know, how original, right? And I’m sure y’all are sick of hearing people do it. So I’ll keep this short and sweet.
Holy balls, it’s hot out there.
Seriously. What was I thinking training for a fall marathon? For that matter, why do fall marathons even exist? So people in Anchorage can train comfortably?
I set out this evening with plans of doing a longer run. Maybe even my weekly long run, if things felt good. Instead, I shuffled through the sweatiest run of my life (no joke) for about an hour before throwing the towel in. The figurative towel that I – along with my fellow subway riders – really wished I’d had. Because there was literally a puddle under me as I rode home on the B train, standing as far as I could from everyone else on the car and hoping that they didn’t think I’d just peed myself.
Ugh. It’s not like I haven’t run through summers before – I’ve done several fall marathons, including NYC last year and Marine Corps the year before – while training in Ohio, which isn’t exactly known for its lack of summer heat and humidity.
This summer just seems so much worse somehow.
Someone please remind me of this when I’m yapping about doing a fall marathon next year. Springtime only from here on out!
Today’s EAT: After a week of eating on the road, I was craving one thing tonight: a big-ass salad.
This BAS was truly ginormous, taking over an entire dinner plate and spilling off of the sides. And oh, it was glorious. Kind of a Southwestern theme going on. All of the basic elements were there though – salty, sweet, meat and treat:
- Baby lettuce mix
- Marinated shrimp (meat!)
- Red bell pepper
- Mango (sweet!)
- Crumbled feta (salty!)
- Crumbled blue corn chips (treat!)
All drizzled with a chili-lime vinaigrette. With a fresh cob of corn on the side. Perfect summer dinner!
Today’s DRINK: I’m kind of in to buying these big bottles of beer from Whole Foods lately. The selection is awesome, and I’m not stuck with a whole six-pack of something if I don’t like it.
Tonight I tried this Morimoto Soba Ale from Rogue Brewing Company:
I’ve had (end enjoyed!) other Rogue beers, like their Dead Guy Ale, which prompted me to pick this off the shelf. But the Soba Ale? Eh, it was just okay. For some reason I expected a bolder flavor and it was just kind of weak, with a very mild citrus flavor. I mean, I enjoyed it – but I’d just as soon pick up a pack of Blue Moon or whatever.
Today’s RUN: I’m calling my hour-and-five-minute slogfest seven miles. It was too bad I already had taken a couple of days off this week, because today really would have been a perfect rest day!
On tap for the rest of the weekend? Some more easy miles tomorrow and then my long run (shooting for 17-18 this week) bright and early on Sunday!
Today’s QUESTION: What’s your favorite beer? I’m really trying to branch out and learn more about beer! I tend to like things like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Fat Tire, but will happily consume a Guinness (yum) or a Bud Light too. 🙂