I hates it so.
I've gotten bad about posting here since I started running. Part of that is the dwindling LJ audience and the commensurately reduced social rewards for posting. I think I have two or three readers left. Everyone else seems to have fucked off for the chaotic ubiquity of Facebook (or social media platforms that aren't even on my radar). But I've also fallen into the trap of thinking my private run log posts are sufficient activity, even though no one but me sees them.
This has been a bad year for running. 2014 was... not good
, by the standards I set for myself, but encouraging. I went from nothing in summer 2013 to being technically capable of a 5k by April 2014 (Couch to 5k worked, holy shit). In high school, my PR for a 5k was 21:55 - thoroughly uncompetitive but at least I was doing it. I've accepted that I'm never going to see times like that again. But last fall, as the humidity sloped off and morning temperatures dropped into the fifties, I was regularly posting sub-9:15 mile averages. On October 16th, I set an adult PR of 3.17 miles in 28:48 - a 9:04 average. We were regularly hitting the road three days a week.
Everything went to hell over the winter and really didn't improve during spring. Illness, holiday overcommitment, shitty weather, losing Dad, and elalyr
's miserable tax season beat us down so badly that between mid-December and the beginning of May, we averaged less than one run a week. There were a couple of stretches in which we didn't get in a single run for over two weeks.
The winter of 2013-14, we maintained some conditioning. Last winter, we went completely to shit. When we restarted in May, it took me a full month to get back to the point of doing 5k without a walk break.
Then... summer. And it really is the humidity, not the heat. It's not enough that the thin, hot air carries less oxygen. Oh, no. In top of that, it's been so humid that sweat won't evaporate. I weighed myself on Saturday before and after running and I lost 1.8 pounds of water over 3.28 miles. I think all of that quart was still in my clothes or dripping off my skin when I finished. Which means no evaporative cooling. Heat management should be an issue for overclocked computer processors, not me.