What’s for Dinner? {Week of May 24 – 30}

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Hey there!

Hope you are all enjoying the long holiday weekend. I know we are doing everything we can to soak in the gorgeous weather and to just enjoy. Weekend time is precious, so I’m just popping in for a quick look at what’s for dinner this week.

Sunday: Grilled Salmon + Kale Blueberry Salad

Monday: Happy Memorial Day! – Cook Out

Tuesday: Honey Ginger Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry

Wednesday: Crockpot Chicken Quinoa Primavera

Thursday: Build your own salad or sandwich

Friday: Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowls

Saturday: Chicken Avocado Burgers

What are you having for dinner this week?

I am…

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I am sitting here. Typing. Mostly happy. Sometimes a bundle of nerves.

I wonder why I’m still there, how I’m getting out of there, where I’m going, what I’m doing. I wonder if you know what I’m really talking about as I’m trying to be cryptic – some things just can’t be said on the blog.

I hear nothing. That means I should be worried in a house that has two almost 5 year old children in it.

I see my computer screen. My huge to-do list. My faithful furry companion at my feet. He’s one smart dog.

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I want to go for a run.

I am a procrastinator. I should be cleaning out closets, planning my kids birthday party (done!), writing articles and posts, making dinner.

I pretend that I can tolerate some people, but listening to them makes me want to scream.

I feel that if I laugh I can tolerate anything.

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I touch my kids’ hair. It’s calming to me. Is it for them?

I worry about how my kids’ will do in Kindergarten in the fall. Are they ready? Is the school any good? Will they have friends?

I cry at a videos of puppies and dogs. Especially THIS one.

I am happy, sad, tormented, stuck, inpatient, looking for a way to move forward.

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I understand that most people feel the same way.

I say I want a change, but I don’t know where to start.

I dream of running again, summer days at the beach and having the answers.

I try to be positive. But some people just suck the life out of you.

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I hope I never turn into a person like that.

I am ready to release it all in yoga class.

This is an Old School Blogging prompt hosted by Elaine and Angela. Want to play? Just copy the text in bold and write your own version!

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7 Tips for Running in Heat and Humidity

Tips for running in heat and humidity

I may not be running right now, but I’ve heard quite a few comments from my running friends about the heat and humidity already. Doesn’t anyone remember the winter we just had? I know it was a long, cold winter and we aren’t used to it, but c’mon on! It’s only May and we are complaining about it being too warm? Sorry friends, it’s only going to get warmer from here. Let’s rejoice that we can wear less clothes and actually sweat. Soak it in and ring out that shirt! We’ll be complaining about the cold before we know it.

I do my best racing in cool weather. But regular running and training? I love summer. I don’t have to bundle up from head to toe in a million layers. I don’t have to worry about slipping on the ice. I can run at zero dark thirty and it looks like it’s the middle of the day.

But there’s no doubt, summer running is hard. It can make it feel like you need gills rather than lungs on even your easy paced runs. The warmer the weather, the harder your body has to work to keep you cool. Heart rates are higher and breathing is more rapid at your normal running pace. As your body heats up, blood is directed to the skin, to cool you off through sweating. This means less blood is available to transport oxygen to your muscles, making what usually is an easy effort, way harder.

So do you have to retreat to the climate controlled room with a treadmill once the hazy, hot and humid weather is here?  Absolutely not (unless that’s your thing).

Here are 7 tips for running in the heat and humidity to keep you cool all summer long.

1. Run early. Morning temperatures are usually the coolest during the summer. It also will give you a break from the strongest hours of sunlight. It’s also the best time to see a hazy sunrise. You know I love my sunrises!

2. Less is best. Wear as little clothing as legally possible. Also stick to light colored, loose, wicking material clothing. Now is not the time for wearing all black or wearing cotton. Please, for the love of your skin, no cotton.

3. Wear a hat or visor. This will not only protect your skin from the sun, but it will also  help to keep your face cool. Soaking the hat or visor in cold water before heading out the door can help to lower body temp and keep you cooler.

4. Slow down. Run for time and effort rather than distance and pace.

sprinkler run | happyfitmama.comIf all else fails, run through the sprinklers!

5. Start slow. A warm up prior to a run should always be done, but even more so when the temperatures are high. You want to gradually increase your heart rate rather than starting out too fast.

6. Hit the trails. When the temperatures rise, asphalt and concrete absorb heat and radiate it back into your face. Trail running usually offers shade from trees. It also forces you to slow down. Bonus if the trail has the perfect place to jump in a lake or river along the way.

7. Drink up. If you are running more than 75-90 minutes, carry a hand held water bottle or a hydration pack with you. Or stash water bottles along your intended route ahead of time if you don’t like carrying anything in your hands. Or plan your route along accessible drinking fountains.

What do you consider “hot” weather running?

What are your tips for running in the heat and humidity?