Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Hot, hot, hot!

I think it's safe to say that summer is finally here.


That's 95 degrees Fahrenheit.  On our second day of summer.

I'm determined not to bad-mouth the heat at all this summer - I froze my butt off at one too many race starting lines this spring to even consider doing that.  But, as you can see, the sunny season takes no prisoners in the good old Northern Cape.  It means business.  And I must admit: Running in 95+ degree heat after work just plain sucks.  Cue another running routine shake-up - but this one I love!    

One day, long, long ago, before Miss K and Baby J were born, I used to be an early-morning runner.  I used to love getting up at the crack of dawn and head out for a run before the rest of the neighbourhood even thought about getting up.  But then came K and J and the lack of sleep associated with having a newborn, and I morphed into Zombie Mom, who only ran when I didn't feel like, well, Zombie Mom.  And that was very, very rarely early in the morning...

I don't want to speak too soon, but I have some monumental news (this one needs a drum roll): Baby J is down to only getting up once a night to feed!  This is huge, people.  He used to drink every two hours, so getting up only once a night feels a-ma-zing.  Yip, it even feels good enough to get up at 05:00 a.m. for a run - oh, yeah.



So, after two-and-a-half years of running at any and every hour of the day just for the sake of getting a run in, I'm cautiously optimistic that we're slowly but surely moving in the direction of becoming early-morning runners again.  And that feels pretty darn good.  

What is summer like where you live?  Average maximum temps?


6 comments:

  1. Very glad for you. Nicky is still waking up at least once a night at 2 years, sigh.

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    1. Shame, Heather - you must also be one very tired mama by now. If there is one thing that this experience has taught me, though, it's that there IS light at the end of the tunnel. It might not feel like it now, but we WILL sleep again...! :)

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  2. Our summers here are about 105. It's always a very LONG summer, but then again I'm such a wimp when it comes to the cold, unless I have some hot chocolate ;). Right now it's in the high 80s/low 90s, but we're supposed to get a cool down right in time for the weekend. I'm so glad you're able to get a little more sleep now and run in the mornings. You're one busy mama! :)

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    1. Yikes, that's HOT!! Hopefully things cool down a bit at night and early in the mornings? Our summer temps might rise to 102-ish some days, but thankfully that doesn't happen often and it doesn't go much higher than that.

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  3. Being an early morning runner is by far the most convenient (when the kids cooperate!!). Hopefully you can continue along that trend. :)

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    1. Fingers crossed, Lisa. I always feel so much more positive for the rest of the day when I start it off with a run - like I can move mountains, haha! :)

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