Sunday, July 22, 2018

Ready to Rock...or Not (WW # 155)


Wendy and I host this linkup for
the sole purpose of supporting active women.
We thank you for linking your 
FITNESS  RELATED  POST  with us!


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As this post goes live, I'm still in Chicago paling around with my co-host Wendy, reconnecting with other running buddies and meeting new ones too.  Hopefully, I have crossed the Rock N' Roll half marathon finish line.  I will have lined up with zero expectations after slogging through our summer morning's unrelenting heat and humidity plus recently being sick for about 10 days.





I ran twice this week just trying to get back in a running groove; also knowing it is too late to make any improvements for this weekend's race.   Monday's run was 50 minutes long.  My pace?  No idea. My Garmin was dead even though it was on its charger.  Me thinks it's time for a new watch.  It lasted less than 3 hours in my last marathon.  Comparing to last year, it lasted all day on both Century Rides. Anyway, it felt pretty liberating not to constantly check my pace.  I already know I run much slower in the summer and certainly don't need to be reminded of it.  It also gave me the idea that perhaps I should run the half marathon sans Garmin.  Stay tuned...


Forgot to take a running picture.
A quick snap before heading in the house.
No, I have not done a Tri since 2016!

Thursday's run was 4.3 miles of super easy progression.  It was slow enough to be a solid run.  And what I mean by that is...no walking.  My reality during the summer is that if I try to run what I consider my normal pace, I can only make it about a half mile.


Hot,  hot,  hot

After running for weeks on end in morning dew points of 75-76 {the "skip it" category on the scale below from this article in Runners World} I pray that Chicago is at least kinder in that regard.

DEW POINT     RUNNER'S PERCEPTIONHOW TO HANDLE
50–54Very comfortablePR conditions
55–59ComfortableHard efforts likely not affected
60–64Uncomfortable for some peopleExpect race times to be slower than in optimal conditions
65–69Uncomfortable for most peopleEasy training runs might feel OK but difficult to race well or do hard efforts
70–74Very humid and uncomfortableExpect pace to suffer greatly
75 or greaterExtremely oppressiveSkip it or dramatically alter goal

View from the plane.  We stayed above
the offensive flight-delaying weather.

After frustrating travel delays, which unfortunately is the theme of late, I arrived in Chicago where Wendy graciously picked me up from the airport after being on hold for several hours.  We had fun catching up over Mexican food....and maybe a cocktail.  We also connected with many of the bloggers that link right here.  What a special treat!  But, you'll have to wait for the details on that.


Thanks for the hospitality, Wendy!


What kind of watch do you wear?  Like it?
Would you run a race without your watch?
Do you skip it when the dew point is 75 or more?




78 comments:

  1. I bet you ladies had a fantastic time, and I can't wait to hear all about it in a later post. I'll pretty much run in any kind of weather except for ice, lightning, and dangerous wind... At least the old Deb would, the new Deb is a little more selective.

    Thanks for the linkup!

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    1. As much as I complain about the heat and the humidity, I still prefer outdoor runs.

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  2. Hope your Chicago race went well! Can't wait to read the race report. I love running without a Garmin. I have ditched mine, because I don't want the stress of constantly checking my pace. I wear a $10 sports watch, but try to not look at it during the run.

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    1. A watch does help me not to go out too fast in races. But, I'd definitely like to incorporate more watch-free training runs.

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  3. I have the Garmin Fenix 5s and I love it! Would I run a race without it? Absolutely! Will I run my first 50k without it? Probably not because it's my first and there's a time limit and while I am fairly certain I'll make it before the time cap, I'd rather have my watch to keep me on track.

    You know, I've never even paid attention to dew point. I just always look at humidity. I'm certain I've run in oppressive conditions but I can't prove it because I never checked. I think I always thought they were the same thing? Thanks for pointing out that they weren't! Now I'll definitely check in the future!

    Can't wait to hear about Chicago!

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    1. Good to know you like the Fenix 5! It's on my list. I didn't pay much attention to the dew point until a few years ago. I think it paints a better picture of the moisture in the air.

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  4. If I skipped a run when the dew point was 75 or higher that means I'd never be able to run in the summer. Usually I just suffer through it.

    I would never run a race without my Garmin. I don't even like doing training runs sans watch. Honestly I get separation anxiety if I don't have my watch. Not only does this usually mean I'm at the mercy of someone else's pace, but I'm normally in a lot of groups that do monthly mileage competitions and I need to be able to upload my miles in order for it to count.

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    1. Ha! Me too -- on both points. Even though you can manually add a run to your Garmin stats, it still feels like it doesn't count.

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  5. There is freedom in running watchless! I would run without it in training possibly but maybe not in a race... not sure. I actually never check the “dew point” but we also don’t have the extreme heat you do. This morning 83°F had me drenched and I can’t fathom how you keep running in your temps! #BeastMode Enjoy your time with Wendy!!!

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    1. I'm definitely ready for some lower dew points. Sometimes, I feel I like in the tropics! But where's the palm trees, beach and Pina Colodas?

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  6. I know you had a great weekend, no matter how the running was -- although I hope it went well! Our dew point has been in the 70s or the 50s, so I've been trying to plan my runs accordingly. I love my Garmin Fenix although it's way more watch than I need. I'd have a hard time racing without it. I'd probably think I was going slow and push too hard and burn out.

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    1. The Fenix is on my list of possibilities. I agree, a watch helps to keep your pace in check especially during the early miles. In Chicago, I kept telling Deborah you were missing!

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  7. Our whole summer is at the dew point of "skip it" lol. So amazing to have met you this weekend what a fun time!

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    1. Sometimes I wonder if I should have skipped the whole summer! LOL. Great to connect with you!!

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  8. Thankfully our dew point doesn't often get as high as yours. The dew points out here have bern a treat -- even though the highs are in the mid to high 90s.

    I've never run a race without a watch. But others who have say it's so freeing . . .

    There's going to be so many trip & race reports coming!

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    1. I can only imagine how wonderful the drier air out in ID felt!

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  9. I'm so excited to hear how your weekend went!1

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  10. Whoo hoo meetup! We love meetups (I'm hugely excited about maybe getting to meet Cari later in the summer!). Hope it's gone really well.

    I use a Garmin Forerunner 220, however the battery runs out after about 5 hours if I pause it a lot (wees, crossing roads ...) so on Amazon Prime Day I bought a Forerunner 35 which should have a longer battery life and take me through if I do an ultra next year. However I won't ditch the 220 until it actually fails.

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    1. I just wonder if they all eventually stop holding a lengthy charge? When it was new, I had no problem. Like I said, it's lasted 7-8 hours several times.

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  11. It was so much fUn to meet you in person, finally!! I cannot put into words how much I enjoyed this weekend!!

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    1. It was wonderful to meet you! The weekend was a blast. Glad we could all connect, at least for a short time.

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  12. I replaced my last Garmin last summer since the battery was draining pretty quickly. I'm so used to having a Garmin, a fear is the battery running out.

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    1. When it died so quickly during the marathon, I knew I'd be replacing it soon.

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  13. If I skipped runs every time the dew point was above 75, I would literally never run. We have terrible dew points here in Charleston, even in the winter. The air is almost always humid. My Garmin busted a few years ago, and I never replaced it. I use a running app on my phone, which is a good app, but not ideal with carrying my phone. I need a new Garmin.

    I hope you had a ton of fun in Chicago! I saw some instagram pics and it looked like a good time!

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    1. I used several apps on my phone for a while. They always seem so "off" when it comes to mileage and pacing. It makes you wonder which device/app is correct?

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  14. I have a Garmin 220 - almost bare bones with all of the watches these days, but I like it. It doesn't hold a charge like it used to, but I did a 5 hour trail run and it lasted. One nice thing about Montana is not having to worry about dew point anymore. But back in the Midwest I'd go out no matter what if I needed a run. Not saying I finished them all, but I tried....

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    1. I like the 220. I think it's very similar to the watch I have now. I'd love to run in Montana!

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  15. I've seen the medal pic on IG - congrats!! Sounds like it was a great weekend for running bloggers <3

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    1. The race itself was a soggy mess. Thankfully, meeting up with the other bloggers made the trip so much fun!

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  16. I was out there on the course cheering! Definitely did not prepare for a downpour. But as I'm learning with my injury, the road leading up to a race is never as smooth as you initially dream of. Hope you enjoyed your time in Chicago!

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    1. Bless you for being out there in the pouring rain! I hope your injury is short lived!

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  17. I have an old Garmin 205 and when it died, I bought the same one.

    Yes I have run without a watch and it is always better than with but it does make me uncomfortable during if that makes sense.

    Hope you had a fun race.

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    1. As I'm shopping, I'm amazed at the number of models Garmin still offers! As long as I can SEE the screen and have a HR monitor, I'll be good. LOL.

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  18. I was surprised at how much water I drank today even with the cooler temps and the rain. THE DEW POINT. What was it today?

    I had a wonderful time with you, as always. Gosh I'm lucky. Looking forward to our next adventure. Can't believe I get to see you again in 2 weeks!

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    1. I think the dew point was 67. Our bodies couldn't sweat properly with all the rain coming down...I think. Thanks so much for the hospitality. Can't wait until our next adventure!!

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  19. Hope your Chicago race went well! Looking forward to the recap. I love my Garmin Fenix and prefer having it link directly to Strava and the VO2max app that my coach has my runs load to...It would be weird to go without it and I feel like I get enough of that on the treadmill! But at the same time, there is definitely value to going Garmin-less! Good for you :)

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    1. I have my Garmin linked to Strava and it is amazing how differently Strava reports on the exact same data! Am I missing something? LOL.

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  20. I've already seen some of your pics on Insta - congrats! And what fun it is that you got to meet so many fellow bloggers.

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    1. It was truly fun meeting those ladies in real life. It was like a college reunion or something...

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  21. I have a TomTom that was a hand me down. It's not perfect, but it mostly does the job. If I opt to do a full, I'll have to get a new one as it won't get me through. Hope you had a great CHicago weekend

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    1. As long as the TomTom works, I'd keep it around. I'll probably live with this one until it stops holding a half marathon charge or until I do another marathon, whichever comes first.

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  22. Your weekend looked like so much fun! I don't think we even get dewpoints above 75, so that's a definite skip for me. I have a Garmin 220, which is practically obsolete compared to newer versions, but a 3-hour run barely put a dent in its battery.

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    1. My Garmin struggled recently on a short run. It’s time for it to go!

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  23. The dew point this summer has not been kind - even running early in the morning hasn't been enough to escape it!

    Thrilled that we finally got to meet - it was wonderful to have so many fun blogger/runners together!

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    1. It was so fun getting to know you! If it weren’t for water skiing, I’d be ready for summer to end.

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  24. I hope Chicago was great! I hear you with the summer training. The info about dew point is interesting...I have never checked the dew point. But between two trips to south Florida, I'm sure I've been slogging through 75 or above at least a few times this summer - so gross!

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    1. Florida would definitely have extreme dew points!

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  25. It was so,so,so fun
    to finally meet you, Holly Dear
    It was nice to see you in person
    in all your (red) running gear.

    I hope we can meet up again
    where we run or just chat
    Maybe we can go shopping
    and find you the perfect hat.

    Hope your airline travels
    got you safely back home
    and you'll be posting another selfie
    from the mailbox that is your own ;-)

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    1. Well played, my rhyming friend
      Sorry to see the weekend end
      Talking, running, expo-ing, more
      That’s what running friends are for!

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  26. On the way to a race, I once had to drive back home when I realised I didn't have my watch on. The only thing that saved me was that the race started late otherwise I wouldn't have made it back on time. So to answer your question, I would never run a race without! LOL! I have a Tom Tom watch. Can't wait to read all about the blogger meet-up! Loved a photo I saw of you guys online at dinner. Recognised most people from the link-up!

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    1. You were lucky to get back in time with your watch!! I know several people using Tom Toms! It’s hard to recognize runners in real clothes. LOL.

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  27. I loved all of the pics that all of you lovely ladies shared over the weekend. It looks like Chicago was an absolute blast for all of you, despite the weather. I can't wait to read more about it from all of you!

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    1. I hope Chicago will be kind to you for the marathon!!

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  28. I do not hesitate to run sans watch. I don't hesitate to take walk breaks either. Heat sucks and honestly I don't know how you do it where you live. That said I've got the Garmin Fenix5S and I love it. SO great to see you as always! <3

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    1. Just as y’all go out in your frigid winters, we go out in our brutal summers. It gives us something to talk about. 😉

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  29. I've been injured so I've been skipping it for months now, but when I could run, I tried not to skip runs due to weather. I would go for a super easy run or dramatically alter my goal, but I tried not to miss and do nothing. Mainly because I know if I got into a streak of just missing runs, I'd keep going with that. Obviously if it was a thunderstorm or lightening I would skip though... basically if I a race would not be held in those conditions, I wouldn't run, and that was my criteria.

    I'm glad you had a good week of training even with the heat and coming off being sick! I can't wait to see how the race went for you, too.

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    1. As a morning runner living in the south, it’s rare I’m confronted with early storms. But the dew point is definitely unforgiving at that time.

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  30. I had the same issue with my Garmin last year--I got the 'low battery' warning about 4 miles before the Chicago Marathon finish. My son bought me a new one for Christmas this year and I swear, I barely use 10% battery for a full marathon! It was definitely time for a new one!

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    1. I was so impressed this one lasted for 100 miles on a bike last year. Not now...

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  31. Hope you had fun in Chicago! That is frustrating about the travel delays but fingers crossed that the rest of the trip was smoother :)

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    1. I had a smooth flight home which was very much appreciated.

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  32. Conditions sounded pretty brutal in Chicago! I do tend to skip races that are 75 and up... just too miserable for me!

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    1. If only we could make plans based on the weather! You never know...

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  33. Aw, that sounds like a tough set of circumstances! I'm so glad you made it to the race, and I loved following yours and the others' pics from the weekend!

    I run with a Garmin 735XT and love it to pieces. I would hate to run a race without it, but .... you do what you have to do. As far as that dewpoint, if I didn't run when it hit 75*, I don't think we would ever get to run down here! We just adjust the pace and the expectations and go from there.

    In spite of it all, you did awesome!

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    1. My oh my! There are so many Garmin models and everyone seems to love the one they are wearing. You have worse dew point than I do. My hat’s off to you!

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  34. The dew point chart is so true! I liked the feel of Montana. Dew point in the 40's...heaven :) I've been out when it is in the 70-75 range because it most of the summer but you see my paces... I'm proud of my 11:50's miles when it like that.
    Beautiful non sweaty picture Holly!

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    1. 40s dew points are hard to fathom! How awesome! I know you enjoyed those.

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  35. I switched to an Apple Watch (series 2) last spring and I really love it. I have the Runkeeper app and it lets me create custom workouts. I just really like that all of my activity is tracked on the same device.

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    1. I’ve used Runkeeper before but the data between that and my Garmin was so different. It makes me wonder which one is accurate. Are any of them truly accurate?

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  36. I hope your race went well! I've been dealing with a stiff neck for the past few days. Sometimes we just have to play the cards we were dealt =(

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    1. So true. Not every race is going to be great.

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  37. Congrats on another half! Must have been fun to meet up with blogger friends. I have a Garmin 935 and do like it. It would be hard for me to run a race without my watch unless it was for fun.

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    1. I think it bothers me more to not record my mileage. I don’t mind not looking at my pace on some runs.

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  38. I didn't realize that you had flight issues coming into town - good thing it all worked out! It was great meeting everyone at brunch :) The weather for race morning was gross, but it looks like it cleared up after I left town...ha!

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    1. Yes, I was several hours late. I’m just glad we all had safe travels.

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  39. I love that so many of you were able to get together this weekend! So fun!
    I have a garmin, but I also use my apple watch...and sometimes I use both to compare! Haha
    Can't wait to read about your race!

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    1. I admit to using multiple devices and apps to compare as well! Although I feel Garmin is the “real” one.

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