Run # 80 - HOTHOTHOTHOT
It is the hot topic: the heat!
I think back about 60ish days ago when this streak started and I remember longing for warm days and the suns rays. Now I choose the side of the road to run on based on the amount of shade. Now it's hot no matter how early I get up.
I can't say it is all bad. I have been getting much better about always carrying water. In fact while we were in VA I used my big Nathan's handheld for the first time and was so glad I had it! Another upside is that after a great sweaty run the kids and I go jump in the pool.
Last night we did just that. It was so great to see the sun go down while we were splashing. S'ghetti girl and I got to swim 'alone' for a while since LBM had fallen asleep in the stroller during the run and was still napping there when we first jumped in the pool. It was nice to have a little time with just us girls. But LBM didn't nap long and the rowdiness started back up again.
With much resistance the kids finally went inside for baths afterwhich we called Hubbs for our evening chat. S'gehtti girl had promised her dad that she would call every night and talk so she started the conversation and then passed the phone to me.
To say that Hubbs is happy about this up coming race would be a stretch and having my family there has been in question. However, I told Hubbs I would simply not run the race if he felt it was too much of an issue for the family. He had talked with S'ghetti girl to get her opinion. This is what she said:
Hubbs: Do you want to go to mommy race this Saturday?
Hubbs: Now we will have to get up at 4:45 to see mommy off at the start.
S'ghetti: What? Why so early?
Hubbs: Well, that's when it starts. It's a really long race. We could let mommy go alone and just see her after or not go at all but mommy probably won't run if we are not there.
S'ghetti: Then I want to go. I'll take a nap later, okay? I want to see mommy running. I know it makes her so happy!
I think after this race I will be taking a racing break for a while. I wanted to race once a month this year but I think my running goals have advanced enough that the things I want to attempt are starting to be too much for my family right now. So I'll keep training as if I might do that 50 miler this October but I'll focus on local running and local shorter races (if any for a while) and I'll be okay if I just run our local marathon (and maybe a few closer to the VA house) this fall and spend a bit more time focusing on the family who loves me enough to get up at these crazy hours to see me run away from them and then comes back to see me run back to them X hours later.
I have taken their support a bit for granted.
They deserve a little more of my time.
It's hard to admit that but I know it's true.
What's your running confession? Have you ever dealt with a little family resistance?