A Do and A Do Not

What a fun filled weekend!

The weather has finally turned summer-like and we took full advantage of it. Can it stay like this forever?

In the process I learned a running DO and a DO NOT.

GOTR Volunteering

Saturday morning, Miss A. and I had a great time volunteering at the Girls on the Run 5k. We spray painted the hair of the girls, moms, and even some dads. It was fantastic to see the support the girls had from their teammates, coaches, friends and family. I loved that even a few dads wore fairy wings to support their team! Miss A thought that was very funny.

Our next assignment was at water stop #1. Even though I’ve run plenty of races, I’ve never paid attention to the set up of water stops. I always just ran by and there were people handing out cups. I’ve got a new respect for anyone who works water stops. We got bombarded all at once. It was a mad house for 10 minutes of arms, water jugs, cups and hot, sweaty runners. And then complete quiet. As the last group left, we all just looked at each other like, “Whoa! What just happened?”

I was thrilled to be a small part of such a great organization and event. The lessons the girls learn are so vital at that age. Hearing the stories from some of the coaches made me tear up. I’d love to be a coach but it just doesn’t jive with my work schedule at this time. Maybe one day. Until then, I’ll just have to volunteer as much as I can.

I definitely encourage everyone – DO volunteer!

Later in the day, I met up with friends for a long run. By then, it was 80+ degrees and sunny. Summer running is definitely back. It was one of those things that we all kind of knew it wasn’t the best idea but we had it planned and we’re just going to go with it. We tried for a mostly shady route but it didn’t help much. I’m not complaining at all but it was HOT! We took walk breaks often and just slogged our way through 10 miles. I definitely was ill prepared with only a small handheld water bottle and no refilling options on the route. It’s been so long but I think I need a refresher on what to do for summer running!

Lesson learned – DO NOT go out for a long run on the first hottest day of summer at 1 p.m. with little water.

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Despite feeling wiped out for the rest of the day (and wanting only to eat fro yo and tortilla chips), it still was all good since I had marvelous company! (I’m linking up with Katie for more MIMM).

Your turn –

Share a DO or DO NOT that you’ve learned recently!

47 comments on “A Do and A Do Not

  1. Well, my DO NOT is exactly the same as yours. Last Friday I ran 10km, under a bright sun and no water at all. Only today I can say I am fully recovered from the dehydration. I had forgotten my bottle at home and decided to do it anyways. Never again!!!
    My DO is not fitness related, but is bringing a lot of peace to my heart: decluttering. I have been cleaning all my drawers, boxes etc. Making room for the new stuff is a blessing, mainly when you live in a small apartment.
    Have an awesome week!!!!!
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    1. I ran yesterday morning at 6:30. I felt so alive and full of energy compared to Saturday. I will always be a morning runner no matter what the temp is!

  2. DO – take time to enjoy the kids and their sports, even when it super warm!

    DO NOT – run in the heat AFTER an indoor SurfSet class, ugh!

    Happy Monday. We are talking about GOTR in my school district (no chapter yet). I want to volunteer 😉
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  3. So great that you helped out at GOTR, especially w/ your little one in tow. You’ll both be out there together in a few years, I’m sure!

    Yes, as much as I absolutely love summer, some aspects of it are tough for running. Early is where it’s at for long runs this time of year!

    My don’t for this weekend: packed in far too much. But I’m not sure where we could have eliminated something. Two more weeks of crazy end-of-year activities and then it will ease up.
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  4. I love the Girls on the Run and Stride programs. This spring I was a running buddy during the spring race for a little boy who needed someone to run with. It was tons of fun and seeing the smile on his face when he got his medal was wonderful! So my Do is volunteer in any way shape or form for those programs. My Do Not is race a half marathon in June in Asheville! I raced Saturday morning at 8:00AM and actually considered a DNF! I thought I would pass out near the end. It was so hot, humid and hilly!
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  5. We LOVE volunteering. I am always amazed at how much fun my kids have. I have been lazy lately not always bringing food with me when I know the options aren’t going to work for me. I just think “whatever, it’s one meal or one day.” NO BUENO!! I need to be prepared…always. Otherwise, I wind up paying for it for DAYS.
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  6. love it! I have always wondered about that, you can tell who has done it lots of times before as they know how to get the cups to you…..especially when I fly by trying to grab a cup without dropping it. I think I will do that sometime soon, try to see the other side of the story :)

    Do- Look around you while running, taking in the beauty of nature, and listening to the sounds of the birds and water

    Do not- Try to race every person you see ahead of you……just me? Oops! I am too competitive haha!
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  7. So glad that you all had a great time volunteering this weekend. I’ve never volunteered at a race and I have to add that to my do list! My don’t from the weekend – our days were WAY too packed! I’m exhausted this morning!
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  8. What a cute picture with your daughter :) Summer running is always a challenge for me, I carried my pack this weekend but a liter of water on your back is heavy lol My do and do not- right now…do leg weight training, but do not expect a stellar run the next day :)
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  9. I’m hoping to start a Girls on the Run group at my school next year. It is just such a great organization! I would say a DO NOT I learned this weekend was, “DO NOT go to the beach with strep and ear infections”! I was permanently attached to the couch for the rest of the day!!
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  10. I’m so glad you volunteered at the Girls on the Run race! Isn’t it an amazing organization? I helped to start the local chapter in my town, and I wish I still had the time to coach and volunteer as much as I used to. I can’t wait for my girls to be old enough to do the program. It’s such a fabulous way to build confidence and self-esteem, plus I can’t wait to run the 5K with them!
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  11. Do NOT eat 2 pieces of deep dish pizza the night before a long run. Or a short run. Or any run. I got it done (my triumphant return to running after 4 weeks in the boot) but it was less spectacular than I could have hoped. No endorphins. Just “get’er done”. Definitely not the return to running I envisioned!
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  12. You are amazing for volunteering and I’ve always had so much empathy for some of the water stops people! I’ve seen some get a cup of Gatorade get throw at them (by accident, but still!) Here’s to all of the volunteers, including you!! Sounds like the hot 10 miler wiped you out– 80 is an average temp here, so I totally get it!
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    1. Volunteering is definitely not for sissies! Us poor New Englanders are melting when the temps hit 80. We’ll get acclimated by August and then it’ll cool off.

  13. I think it would be a lot of fun to work with Girls on the Run. I have volunteered at a lot of races, and you’re right, water station duty can be crazy! Especially at #1 when the runners aren’t as spread out.

    My Do Not for the weekend is: When recovering from a marathon and planning to run 5 miles, DO NOT stretch it to 6 because “it sounds like a good idea.”
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  14. I coached GOTR for a couple years and absolutely loved it! The race is such a neat and encouraging experience!

    My “do not” is like yours. Do not turn off your early alarm because you have time in the afternoon to run. Too hot!
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  15. Ugh! Running in the winter is horrible and running in the summer is HARD– Gotta get up early to do it. I ran a 1/2 last weekend that didn’t start until 7:30 and it was hot and SUNNY and so hard on my body. It takes time for my body to re-adjust to these humid temps! BUT we CAN’T complain right??! Just need to be prepared :)
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    1. I love my early morning runs but I just couldn’t squeeze it in before GOTR. When the opportunity came to run with friends, I thought why not. I’m definitely NOT complaining. It will be cold again soon enough.

  16. Volunteering is a major “do”! So fun and a great way to get the family involved in running that doesn’t require spectating or running a race. And I have totally been there on the “no water on a hot run.” I feel like it is so easy to do as a New England runner, we have these drastic seasons and they change really rapidly if you think about it so it is easy to be caught off guard and still in the mindset of a winter runner come that first hot day.
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  17. DO – wake up early on the weekend so you can do a long run in the morning (so much better and cooler than my short run the day before in the afternoon)

    DON’T – skip breakfast and not bring water on a long run in the morning when it’s hot (even if your run is mostly in the shade). It might lead to feeling like you’re going to hurl in the middle of your run.

    Thanks for the Summer Running tips link. I love volunteering for races! Last night was the first night of volunteering with a children program my running club does every summer – I got to work with some VERY energetic 7 years old!

  18. This is great! I took on a huge volunteer position this year (only with a kick in the bum from my hubbie and friends) and I know it will be rewarding, but it’s slightly overwhelming at times. What I am amazed by every day is all the volunteers who are working with me and I don’t think they needed kicks from their husbands…it’s truly inspiring how these ladies put our Military Families before themselves! <3

    Don't worry, I will take your advice and not run on the hottest day at the *almost* hottest time. 😉
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