Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

September is a great month to train in Providence. The weather has finally turned, with the summer's sweltering humidity giving way to cool mornings and crisp evenings - perfect temps for running! And with the change in season I've found my fitness again - after struggling through the early part of the summer and then suffering through the heat of August, I'm rewarded by FINALLY feeling good again! The joy is back!

When you're in such a beautiful place, how can you not run joyfully?

Last summer, Ohio running friends wisely counseled me that putting in the work during a humid summer will pay big dividends in the fall. East Coast humidity is what we like to call "poor man's altitude" - with the air so thick with moisture, it's like running at elevation. You try to adjust your paces accordingly, but it's hard not to feel discouraged when every run is a struggle and you're not even cracking 7:30 pace... The summer cruelly plays with your mind and steals your confidence. 

But just wait! they told me. Hang in there. Stick it out. And come September, when the humidity dies down and you "come back down from altitude," you'll be so fit and feel like money! Right they are, these wise Cleveland friends of mine:)
@nicolecamp @heidijogreen @beckimichael9

 East Coast summers test you -- and try to get the best of you -- and make you question why you ever left California! But they also make you tough, and for that, I am grateful.

I returned to Cleveland earlier this month for a work trip, putting in time at Movable HQ. In between work, I returned to my old haunts, the Case Western track and my beloved Cuyahoga Valley National Park and ran joyfully with CLE friends.

Cleveland weather tried to get the best of me, with an especially humid morning for my track workout and a torrential downpour for my tempo, but sorry CLE, I've learned to overcome you! In the words of Kayne:

Work it, make it, do it, makes us

Harder, better, faster, stronger

Now that that don't kill me

Can only make me stronger

So back in Providence and with summer behind me, I'm bringing my harder, better, faster, stronger to the starting line tomorrow! I'm suiting up in my sweet new New Balance uniform and racing here in Providence at theUSA 5k Road Championships3 years ago, this race kicked off a great string of races for me, and I hope to do the same again tomorrow! 5k road PR, let's do this!