Well, my friends, apparently DC has decided it’s summer already. In what feels like a very sudden change, everything is now green and the air is heavy and humid.
Is it bad that I almost, just for a second on this morning’s run, had this thought: “I kind of miss the polar vortex.” I mean, I don’t miss it in real life – I’m loving the warmer temps to go out walking during the day and play outside at night, but in running life… yeah. Hot weather running is kind of the worst. At least the views are lovely.
My friend Sokphal and I met up at 7 a.m. this morning to slog through a hot and humid run together. I was glad I had the company or it would have been one of those “yeahhhh… I’m just gonna walk this whole thing” sort of runs. Hello, sweat!
I was surprised to find that Sokphal had never run around Roosevelt Island before! Clearly that had to change. We took a quick detour into the center of the island to check out the action (and visit their deliciously cold water fountain)…
And then ran around the island. I love running on Roosevelt Island – it’s so beautiful and peaceful. Hard to believe you’re so close to the city!
This was a tough one but having a friend by my side certainly helped. We were pretty speedy near the start and then dialed pace back on the trail. Trail running is so much more challenging than normal running! (The boardwalk above is only part of the island running – most of it is dirt trails.)
Thanks for the miles and for keeping me going out there this morning, girl!
On the food front, this shrimp salad we made for dinner on Sunday night was delicious. I’m obsessed with the parsley/garlic/lemon juice/olive oil combination lately! It was particularly good on sautéed shrimp, atop some radicchio and arugula and all the feta, cause feta makes it betta.
I will leave you with a link to a post I really loved that I saw the other day on Twitter: Stop the Negative Self Talk: 5 Tips to Turn Around and Improve Performance. Hear, hear! Have any of you been working on this? I find it really makes a difference for me, especially during races!
Have a fabulous day, my friends!