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Friday, July 26, 2013
Runnin' With The Devil
In Las Vegas I am a minority. I can handle it. I’m used to it. I grew up as a minority in many ways: I’m female, I’m Mormon, I’m 7” taller than average, my eyes are green for heaven’s sake! Yeah, it’s been rough at times. But none of those compare to how hard it is to be in the minority in Las Vegas during the summer. You see, we are among the fools who do not have a pool in our backyard.
It didn’t take us long after we moved here to figure out that, in summertime, you either stay indoors or stay wet. Also, we discovered it's not easy to run outside for exercise during said season. My mileage tapers off significantly as the temperature rises and other activities take the place of my running until autumn blesses us with cooler temps… y’know, around Thanksgiving.
So, as usual, I haven’t been running much this summer... and what do I go and do??? I create a facebook Fun Run Challenge for my friends and family to see who can log 40 running or walking miles between July 7 (my 40th birthday) and September 3 (K’s 40th birthday).
Yeah, and I’m hating myself for it! At this point, pretty much everyone is ahead of me. Today we had our first finisher (Yay, Janet!) and I’m finding I’m being a very poor example of being 40 and fabulous.
Two of my biggest hurdles are: 1) I cannot arise before dawn to run in the cooler mornings and, 2) I just can’t bring myself to do any significant mileage on the treadmill. Nuh-uh. Nope. Would rather jab a stick in my eye.
Well, just the other day I realized that I needed to get moving on this challenge. I needed to find some way, somehow to accelerate my running mile accumulation. And so I created… the Poor Man’s Backyard Triathlon. Conveniently, the street within my neighborhood is a half mile loop. Fortunately, my daughters love riding their bikes. By good luck, we ran across just the right kiddie pool for our needs this year.
Suddenly, I realized I had the makings of a refreshing way to run during a Las Vegas summer! The girls and I started by splashing a little cold pool water on us before our first lap. We were too wimpy to take the plunge until we came back. We then headed out for our first neighborhood circuit. The girls were on their bikes and I kept up with them on foot. By the time we got back… there was nothing wimpy about our pool plunge: we couldn’t get in fast enough! We giddily splashed and refreshed and geared up for our next round. It felt great to be cooled-off as we headed around again and it didn’t take us long to drip dry.
I had in mind to do four circuits because that would be 2 miles of running. The girls did great and were loving it the first three times, but I had to do a little convincing to make the final lap happen. It was getting harder to get out of the pool each time; they just wanted to stay in and play!
But we did it! And it was a blast!
So, obviously it was not quite equivalent to the Ironman Triathlon. Rather, it was more an Aluminum Girl Tri-ish-lon. But we figured out a new way to make it fun to run in the sun!