Running To Sixty | What A Difference Ten Degrees Makes

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The difference between running at 65 degrees and running at 75, is far more than ten degrees harder. Embarking on my quest in mid-May, I never imagined Portland would get zero rain in June; or experience a couple weeks in the 90’s before we turned the corner to July. Where’s my Juneuary? New Running shoesThat extra ten degrees slows me down, fatigues my legs and makes me pant like Siberian Husky in Miami. I can hear you – the obvious answer is to get up early and run. Unlikely – I’m a lifelong night owl, and a post-menopausal insomniac.

Three runs a week was my goal when I started: two fives and one longer. Didn’t quite happen until last week and I’m determined to repeat it this week. But it’s a lot harder when it gets this hot! Last week my long run  (8.3 miles) felt like a glide, I finally understood the feeling of rhythm, cadence and just going and going. That was the last day in my old shoes and before the thermometer went over 80. It felt good!

After that long run, I treated myself to new shoes, which I’d put off too long, trying to wring out every last mile. Lucky am I to have made it to 59 without any knee, hip or feet problems, but it’s a bad idea to keep running in broken-down shoes with inadequate cushioning. So, plunked down the money and got a nice new squishy soft pair of Saucony. Prevention is better than treatment. running route-longest yet

Ten weeks in, things feel different. Body feels different, hills that were not run-able, I can now conquer. What’s holding me back now feels more like muscle strength, not cardio-vascular deficiency. And I’m running farther than I ever thought I could. 8.8 miles today, the longest run I’ve ever done. Let’s just hope we don’t climb into triple digits. Then I really will have to drag myself out of bed at 5 am!


Author: Chris Gauger

Chris is a self-confessed resale fashionista. A fashion recycler from an early age, she learned the consignment business from her mother, Jan Gauger, at omt divine resale in Lincoln, Nebraska. Chris moved to Portland, Oregon in 1990 and immediately felt at home, among her people. She started Here We Go Again Deluxe Resale Boutique in 1992 and has never looked back. The second location of her store opened in 1997. Chris loves pretty much everything about clothes and fashion, but she has a serious boot and shoe addiction that is fed by the two stores. It's doubtful she will ever be recovered. In addition to clothes, Chris loves mentoring young women and teaching them about what it takes to run and manage a small business. She has employed some pretty remarkable women over the years and is grateful for all they've done to help grow Here We Go Again. She is a Hoosier by birth, but was raised in Nebraska. She has two sisters who continue to run the consignment store there, and one brother who has sense enough to stay out of the way. Her husband of twenty-seven years, is a land use planner and the fix-anything-guru that Chris relies upon more often than she'd like.

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