If you’ve been paying attention to the weather lately, you know that it’s getting quite toasty – especially in Vegas. When the temperature gets up to 110, 115 or – my favorite – 120, I don’t particularly feel like running in the sun. However, I have to get those runs in because after that three week break, I am not doing that again haha.
So what happens now? Running after work when it gets the hottest is a no-go, plus, I hate a treadmill. HATE a treadmill. I can’t stand running in one spot, staring at the same, bleak landscape of my mediocre apartment’s grounds for longer than 20 minutes. I’ve even heard that running on a treadmill can be bad for the knees and as someone with geriatric knees to begin with, we don’t (k)nee(d) that. (Hahahaha I think I’m punny and hilarious. Moving on…)
But in this Vegas summer heat AKA Satan’s Asshole, sometimes that’s really the only option I have. I don’t want heatstroke or a sunburn or a trip to the hospital due to dehydration. In those cases when I have to treadmill it, I make sure my scheduled run is a speed run (where I’m trying to run as fast as I can for short distances multiple times), a tempo run (where I’m trying to maintain a certain pace for a shorter distance) or a run with short mileage.
Now you might be wondering “isn’t there a thing called a ‘long run'”?
Why, yes, yes there is such a thing. And I bet you’re wondering what I do in scenarios such as those. Well, Team, I have had to adapt. And by adapting I mean waking up at 4am to run before the sun fully breaks over the horizon. Which means I, your friendly neighborhood night owl, has been forced to learn how to go to bed early. 4am is the time you wake up instead of come home from the club? Oh. Oh boy.
In the interest of my sanity, these 4am wake-up calls don’t happen every morning, but last week I aimed for three of them and successfully completed TWO. That’s over 50%! After my long break, I’ll take it!
Look at me, “adapting.”
Adapting and being flexible are two things that go hand in hand while running, but they are also super important in life as well. How many times do we experience situations that we WERE NOT expecting. Additionally, how many of those scenarios take place when we’re trying to get somewhere or do something else? If your life is like mine, I’m guessing the answer is: quite a few.
Adapting applies to things on a micro level as well. What if the sun isn’t up but it is still so damn hot? Slow the pace and keep my breathing in check. What if I’m running up a hill? Slow the pace and relax my brain.
It’s easy for me to come up with solutions to these issues because I’ve been a runner for five years. I’ve seen and experienced many factors that can affect a run. While this is a “good for you Jess” moment, I will also be the first one to tell you that adapting in real is not this easy for me.
Life pivots and changes quickly without warning and while I’ve gotten some practice navigating these changes, I don’t think anyone is ever prepared for what life will throw at us (or how we will react).
What I can tell you with certainty is that having a positive attitude, an open mind and being flexible are the basics in the toolkit for venturing through this life. They are the only things I can confidently say will help get me through anything.
So more adventures from the other 4am club are sure to ensue, especially as the mileage increases. That hour brings all sorts of fantastic desert-dwellers out and about (don’t worry, I own pepper spray). Plus more crazy turns in life will come – that’s inevitable.
Happy Monday Team! Adapting is tricky and we will never ever be experts at it. But like a famous high school once sang “We’re all in this together!”