33 thoughts I always have before I go on a run in Dallas

Yes, BuzzFeed is already doing the dickens out of this blog post style, but I’ve yet to see one about running, and I definitely haven’t seen one about running in Dallas.

I’m an afternoon/evening runner, so this is a sampling of thoughts that ping my brain throughout the day leading up.

1. Good lord, it’s too hot to run.
2. Do I have any clean running tights? Gross.
3. I need to eat an extra piece of peanut butter, banana and flaxseed on spelt toast so I don’t bonk.
4. All I’ve had to drink today is coffee. That’s water, right?
5. Do I run the Katy Trail or run to Bishop Arts or run the Jefferson bridge into downtown and to Deep Ellum and back or run an out-and-back at White Rock Lake or …
6. Running tights are dirty. All dirty.
7. I could wear running shorts but I haven’t shaved my legs in a week.

Larabar

8. It’s spring and it’s in the 90s. Why did my ancestors drag their covered wagon to this godforsaken toaster oven.
9. Ooh, a forgotten Larabar in my cubicle drawer. I’d better eat this so I don’t bonk.
10. Crap, left my Nike Frees in my husband’s car.
11. Don’t want to wear my Brooks PureFlows. No way to keep the tongues in place. Stupid design.
12. Don’t want to wear my specialized-and-really-ugly Asics I got when I was dealing with sesamoiditis.sesamoiditis
13. My trail shoe it is. Maybe I should go to Cedar Ridge Preserve.
14. My RunKeeper training plan says today is a tempo run. I can’t tempo-run in what-passes-for-mountains-in-Dallas.
15. Mountains. In North Texas. Hilarious.
16. Why did my ancestors come here, again?
17. Great, my sports bras are all dirty.
18. So what, sports bras are supposed to be dirty. Dried sweat ain’t never hurt nobody.
19. I can’t deal with all the cyclists at White Rock today.
20. I can’t deal with all the street dogs in Oak Cliff today.
21. I can’t deal with all the 2-abreast walkers, jogging strollers, and cyclists on Katy Trail today.
22. Katy Trail Ice House is on Katy Trial. There are margaritas there.
23. I can’t stop in the middle of my run for a margarita. Alone. Pathetic.
24. That’s it; I’m running around Lake Cliff Park. It’s flat. Feral dog-free. Relatively.
25. Is it hot enough to drag around a hand-held water bottle already? Ugh.
26. Is it so hot that I need to bust out the CamelBak? Ugh.
27. If I wear underwear with these running tights, that’s basically like they’re clean.
28. I love Texas heat, I really do. God bless Texas. I love you.
29. I need more sports bras. Good ones.
30. Good sports bras are expensive.
31. Running is expensive.
32. At least I’m not a cyclist. Now that’s expensive. Right?
33. Wait, I did fartleks yesterday. Screwed up my schedule. I’m taking a rest day.

What’s your course type?

This post on Dallas Morning News’ running blog by Spareribs LaMothe might have just changed my mind about out-and-backs as my least-favorite course type. Maybe.

He lists four great reasons to like race courses that whip you from point A to point B and back (they’re really two or three reasons spread into four), as opposed to point-to-point or even loops:

Celebration! White Rock 5K had an out-and-back course

My husband, Brian Peters; my running buddy/good friend/KERA education reporter Stella Chavez; and me at the 2014 Celebration! White Rock 5K.

  • You can see who’s ahead of you
  • You can see who’s behind you
  • You know what the terrain will be like during your second half
  • You can cheer your friends, whether they’re in front of your or behind

The recent Celebration! White Rock 5K earlier this month was out-and-back, and I did like knowing what to expect and seeing my running buddies.

Still, when training on my own, my favorite route is point-to-point. I’m lucky; I have a supportive husband who will come to get me at the end of my run, wherever I’ve landed.

Love you, Brian : )

How to run in Dallas’ heat and not die

Here’s my Dallas Morning News story about exercising in the heat. This story from last year, July 2010, but I forgot to pimp it here. Some self-promoter I am. It’s hotter’n a son of a gun this summer, though, so the story is actually more relevant now than last year.

Don’t like reading? Cliff Notes version: If you can’t beat it, join it. Traditional reason that warns to stay indoors during extreme summer temps is a bunch of hoo-hah. Just be careful is all. I’d much rather be running in the super-hot than in the super-cold, any day. I am from Texas, after all, and while it’s hotter than normal this summer, we’re still no strangers to sweating around here.

I like the answer one expert gave a TV news head in an interview the other day. When asked what the difference is between the Texas heat today and the heat from, say, a hundred years ago, he replied, “We, um, have higher requirements today.” Today we need AC and iced tea for our delicate 21st century selves, haha.

The Dallas Morning News | Fitness | How to acclimatize to the heat by Christy Robinson