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So I don’t write about it often, but I’m still running. I usually make it out about three or four times a week. This is been very difficult this summer — probably the worst Houston summer I’ve endured since I’ve been here — since the heat index has been hovering around 102 or 105 degrees. Oh, and I like to run at 3:30 in the afternoon. I’ve had to give that up for safety reasons, so I have been very grumpily been heading out at 8:00 am, when the pavement is not yet hot enough to melt the soles of my tennis shoes.
So yeah. Still running. And I’m still a horrible runner. At this point, I’ve given up any grand ideas of distance running and decided to be happy with my two or two-and-a-half mile runs. This is certainly not impressive, especially since I’ve been at it for a long time now, but worth something, right? I could come up with some lame excuse. Maybe I don’t have the constitution to be a runner. But really, I’ve just accepted it. I enjoy running, and I suck at it.
Lately I’ve had to motivate myself a little more to get out there, because the idea of even stepping outside the air conditioning is anathema to me. So a few months ago I bought new running shoes, and I’ve been stocking up on running tunes for my iPod. I’m totally obsessed with “Quiet Dog” by Mos Def, even though I probably couldn’t even name another Mos Def song.
And. AND! Danny got me the greatest birthday gift: a lightweight Adidas jacket with very sassy and speedy racing stripes on the back. I know, I know. I’ve spent 80% of this post complaining about the heat. But I requested a jacket like this, because once it hits December and January and it actually falls below 50 degrees once in a while here, I’ll need it. And it has spiffy holes for your thumbs at the end of the sleeves! Definitely my favorite part.
But I thought I would use this post to solicit tips and suggestions from my many friends who run much farther and faster than I do. How do you motivate yourself? (I won’t be signing up for any marathons, so scratch that.) What’s on your playlist?