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10 Ways to Beat the Heat

Happy Friday everyone!! Unfortunately I don’t have a funny Geico commercial to share. Whomp whomp. However, I stumbled upon this gif gem and couldn’t help but to laugh at how accuaretly it represents the look on my face when asked to do anything come 4:30 PM. on a Friday.

Tonight is pizza night at our household, and I’m excited to pig out once again on some homemade delicacies and sweets. My husband is on pizza duty, and I’m on dessert duty…says the penny we flipped on the way into work this morning. I think the universe knows me well and has my back. I have a couple ideas of what I’d like to make tonight…thoughts? Which of the following would YOU pick?

1.  Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Peanut Butter Cups from How Sweet It Is

2. Blackberry Cobbler From the Pioneer Woman

Holy guacamole, it was hot yesterday. Can I get an “Amen?” I came home from work completely mentally exhausted from work and daydreaming about the prospect of one day doing photography full time. I knew I needed to get a decent run in, but wasn’t feeling like the stuffy, crowded gym was going to fit the bill. So, out into the sauna I went. Plus, I wanted to get some sun since sitting at my desk all day facing a wall is starting to deplete my Vitamin D surplus.

I started out fine, mostly in the shade, thinking I would just go out 1.5 then turn around and come back. But, then I decided I didn’t want to run back UP the hills that I had just run down. So I kept going until I popped through a magical Narnia trail and ended up at the lake, and had Adam swing by and pick me up on his way home from the store.  I ended up running up the same amount of hills I would have if I had just turned around and taken my normal route. Running in my little town feels like a rollercoaster on a constant loop.

All in all, it was a good sweattastic run, and once the cooler air hits I think I’m going to really be thankful I trained in the heat. I’m anxious for the day when I don’t want to curl up in a ball and die by mile 2 🙂 Oh that’s just me? Ok then…

Well lucky for you, I’ve thought of 10 scientific ways to surive a hot run:

1. Locate every sprinkler possible along your route and shamelessly frolic through them.

2. Don’t run at 6 PM like I do.

3. Drink water ALL DAY LONG. You can’t hydrate properly if you just drink a glass before you head out the door.

4. Don’t wear a COTTON shirt. Just plain crazy.

5. Slow down your pace. Your lungs will thank you. If you feel like you suddenly developed excerise induced asthma and the thick humid air is making you weaze…WALK.

6. Eat a banana and something salty as soon as you get home. Your body will be craving the potassium and salt you lost through your nasty, sweaty back.

7. Tell someone which route you’re taking. God forbid you pass out because you didn’t take my advice from #5, you’ll be able to call your worried husband.

8. If you have to run on a road, run TOWARDS traffic. You’ll be safer if YOU can see the cars, because THEY won’t always see you first.

9. Think about your clothing choice. Avoid wearing dark colors if possible. Dark colors will absorb the sun that much faster and you will be hating life. Especially if you’re a black lab named Truckee.

10. Wear sunscreen. If anything, at least slap some SPF 15 on your pretty face. You’ll get plenty of sun while out running, and probably more than you think!

Yep, 9:53 and 10:27 made me grumpy for a second, but I don’t think I could have moved any faster! When I got home I attempted foam rolling while Truckee was determined to make it a new game. She’s determed to make this her chew toy.

After it cooled down, and my smoothie was in the freezer, I took Truckee on a long walk which tired out her legs. We couldn’t stop laughing when she was too tired to chase after her Kong toy anymore and just wanted to relax. Poor girl, she really leads a tough life.

Who knew dogs even sat like that??

I’m glad there was such positive feedback with yesterday’s basic SEO for bloggers post. There is SO MUCH information out there, and it helps me understand it better if I re-write it in my own words and try to “teach” it. Plus I figured I couldn’t be the only one out there searching for these fun tips!

No race tomorrow, but I’m seriously considering joining up with the local marathon training group here at 6 AM for a 6-8 mile run. I won’t know ANYONE, but how bad can it be?? I’d love to meet some more runners that are close to my age in our area, so this might be the perfect way. I’m usually a run-solo gal, but sometimes having a group to hold you accountable can work wonders for your mental game! If I do go, I’ll be sure and let you all know how it went! PS marathon training officially starts August 3. AH!

What are your plans for the weekend? Ever joined a new fitness/running group? Does your dog ever end up in funny positions? Which dessert should I make?? OR do you have a better suggestion?

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    July 12, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    yikes, yes 100 is hot. I’m kinda glad we are in winter here, today it is raining, so should make for an interesting trail run.

    As for dessert, well it all depends on what dinner is going to be. I like both, I’m leaning towards the cobbler though.
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      Sweet Miles
      July 13, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Matilda- That’s crazy to me! Sounds like a relaxing trail run though!

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    Michelle @ Nice Lil Saturday
    July 12, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Your dog is SO CUTE! I only wish that we could get our golden retriever as pooped as your dog is; even if she is too tired to chase a ball she will walk after it because GOD FORBID she not retrieve it for us.

    And major kuddos for you for running in that heat. I won’t even walk our dog unless it is under 90 degrees outside; hahaha.
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      Sweet Miles
      July 13, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      Michelle- Haha thanks! She’s a character that’s for sure! Hilarious, our dog practically begs to go on a walk, so I try and make sure she’s well hydrated before hand!

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    Christine@ Apple of My Eye
    July 12, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Oh man, props to you for running in that weather! Anything above 80 and I sit it out ;). Love all your tips, though, hydrating is so important and frolicking is good for the soul.

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      Sweet Miles
      July 13, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      Christine- Thanks girl! I agree, anything over 80 is MISERABLE!

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    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    July 12, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Love the shot of Truckee sitting that way! All week long I’ve been melting on my runs. I’ll be tanking up tonight to restore lost fluids. I say go for it & join the group run tomorrow! Who knows, you might meet your BRF (best running friend).

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      Sweet Miles
      July 13, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      Nicole- Haha she is ridiculous!!! And I did end up going to the group! I’m hoping to meet more people next time!

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    July 12, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Chocolate chip cookie dough peanut butter cups! That sounds like heaven on earth!

    AMEN! to this heat. Yowza! I feel like I have to plan my whole day around when I run. I love your 10 tips! Safety is so important for running in the heat.

    Yes! You should join up with the other runners! If it scares you, DO IT!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 13, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      Hayley- Girl, you know exactly what I was thinking! That’s what I made 🙂

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    Anna @AnnaTheApple
    July 13, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Yeah the heat is pretty intense at the moment. Makes running so much harder. Not looking forward to a 10 mile race tomorrow at 11am! Way too hot 🙁
    My dog always tries to lick my face when I foam roll. Makes it even more unenjoyable haha.
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      Sweet Miles
      July 13, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Anna- Can’t wait to hear how your race went!!! Hahaha yes, the licking is a given!

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