They say to get something you’ve never had you have to do something you’ve never done. That doesn’t always work out. Here is my story…
Over the weekend we had thee weirdest weather. Clouds, humidity, slightly lower temperatures. All very strange occurrences for Vegas in the middle of July. So I thought I would switch it up since the sky had decided to first.
I normally do not run outside if the temperature is above 95 degrees. That number doesn’t have any particular significance, I just made it up last summer and always stuck to it because it sounded good and always seemed to turn out fine. And then I decided to test it.
Saturday. It was around noon and the sky was significantly overcast which seemed like a good situation for an outdoor run. The temperature from my balcony felt cooler than the “103” I was seeing on the Weather Channel app (photo above) so I decided to try it out. Water in hand, I made my way down stairs and out the door.
At no more than the 5 minute mark into my run I began to realize just how hot it was that day. Three minutes after that and I was struggling to make it to ten minutes of straight running. Finally at ten minutes and thirty seconds, I realized and fully put my faith in the “No running above 95 degrees” rule. Which is how I will be conducting my training from now on.
This whole experiment did not end in tragedy because I took the time to listen to my body which overall is a very good thing to do. Sometimes your lunch didn’t sit well or that sharp pain in your knee just can’t be ignored. However, this does not count for the times when the alternative of getting McDonald’s just sounds better. (Been there before, will be there again.)
While listening to your body is crucial, the main takeaway I want to focus on is trying a new approach. I think it’s important to switch up a routine – in some cases you might find a better way of doing things. Sometimes the new action taken ends in what some might call a failure, which happens to be totally fine.
I failed on Saturday. I failed to complete my run and I failed to run in 103 degree Vegas heat. The best part of this is that I learned by doing…that I should never run above 95 degrees again. And that is a lesson worth learning. Plus, I’m still alive! Which is basically me telling y’all that doing something new will not kill you. Unless you go skydiving without a parachute or something dumb like that.