My greyhound and I very alike in some ways.
- Neither of us can tolerate dairy.
- We are both sensitive and don't like to be yelled at.
- We don't like hot weather.
(We are very unlike in more ways--he eats garbage and crap [literally]; he sniffs and pisses on everything in sight; and he runs faster than all the other (non-greyhound) dogs at the dog park and then taunts them--but that's beside the point!)
So when I took Django for a walk on the river trail after work on the warmest day of the year so far--60!--and he started panting before we even got to the trail then was struggling to walk before long, I knew my run would be tough. It was.
It was supposed to be a 45-minute easy run, but I struggle to run slowly in the sun. The sun and heat bother me so much when I run that I feel like a vampire and try to run quickly just to get out of the sun. Even though I waited for the sun to go down a bit, I was running faster than a truly easy pace. And because of the warmer weather, it wasn't a very comfortable run. I really need to build my tolerance for warm weather runs and/or transition back to early-morning runs before the sun rises.
Other than that, it was nice to be out in just a tank top and capris. Tonight I wore the Athleta relay capris I recently bought. Love them. I'll do a comparison of Athleta and Lululemon running tights soon, but the capris weren't too warm for today's run, so I should be able to wear them in all but the hottest days. Also, last week I wore the Athleta striped elite half-zips I recently bought on sale in the Shadyside store. I love them for cool but not cold runs. They have a very long zip for a lot of ventilation when I heated up.
Before work I did the 23-minute core yoga routine on the Runner's World website. It's a really great routine for time-crunched days.
Run stats: Time: 46:12; 4.23 miles; 10:56 pace
Labels: athleta, easy run, performance review