There is one good thing about having a toddler who wakes up at soul-crushing hours of the morning: we beat the heat. I haven’t used an alarm clock since the day she was born and I never sleep through the coolest hours of the day. I did 10 miles yesterday at an 8:50 pace and a stroller 5k this morning in 26:46, about 30 seconds faster than my official stroller PR. For whatever reason, this week’s sleep strike has had an incredible effect on my running.
But holy fuck, THE HUMIDITY.
The YMCA has what they call a Family Center with this big play thingy the kids can climb on and crawl around in, so I like to let Kenzie play in there after I run.
I’m used to being a soggy mess when I go in there, but this week I reached an all-time low. Yesterday I walked in there visibly soaked, today I was still dripping.
And I’m always surprised by how non-disgusting all the other moms look. Do they work out and then shower, blow dry their hair, get dressed and put on makeup? Or do they not work out at all and just go there to let their kids play? And if so, WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?
Anyway, in other news about me, my MIL is coming to visit this weekend so naturally I want to take advantage of the free childcare and do a race. I have some options very near my home (WHICH NEVER EVER EVER EVER HAPPENS): a half marathon and a 5k or 10k.
I don’t really want to do a 5k because I’m just not that fast. I could do the 5k with Kenzie, which essentially makes it not really a race (or I could go for a 5k stroller PR which essentially makes it not fun). I could do the 10 without Kenzie and definitely PR (I haven’t raced a 10k in years), or the 7:30 a.m. half marathon in which I could possibly PR, but definitely, totally screw over my MIL by asking her get up at the crack of dawn (which she would totally do because she’s too nice to say no).