Sunday, August 14

Well, it’s been an interesting couple of days.

  • The humidity is so thick that my humidifier, which normally needs to be emptied once per day during the summer, has been emptied two or three times per day.
  • Friday’s thunderstorm had so much lightning that a bolt struck 5 people in a local park. Unfortunately, one of the five did not make it.
  • Yesterday was so humid that the heat index was up to 112°F. Needless to say, I didn’t going running.

I don’t think it’s been below 70°F at night since last Tuesday evening!

Today, however, I went running – yay! I went around 6.30 p.m. It was mostly cloudy and 77°F, with a humidity of 84 percent, a dew point of 72°F, and a heat index of 78°F.

I walked for 2 minutes;
ran for 32 minutes;
then walked home for a total of 36 minutes.

Run time: 32 minutes

Walk time: 4 minutes

I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to go running tomorrow, but I’m going to try!

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Tuesday, September 8

Yesterday we went kayaking from Quiet Cove. We went 3.13 miles. It was a beautiful day!

Today was a different story. I felt like this all day.

From Morguefile.com by user hotblack.

From Morguefile.com by user hotblack.

Why? I don’t know, but we’re having a heat wave this week and today was one of the hottest days! It was sunny and 95°F when I left to go running around 5.15 p.m. The humidity was at 41 percent, with a dew point of 65°F and a heat index of 94°F (the temperature is now around 92°F).

I walked for 2 minutes,
ran for 38 minutes,
then walked back for a total of 42 minutes.

Run time: 38 minutes

Walk time: 4 minutes

Tuesday, July 21

The last two days have been the hottest and stickiest days yet this summer. My heel was bothering me, so I took two days off instead of one. And once again, the thunderstorms missed us by about one mile!

I went out around 5.10 p.m. It was mostly cloudy and 81°F, with a humidity of 63 percent, a dew point of 67°F, and a heat index of 83°F.

I walked for 3 minutes;
ran for 32 minutes;
then walked home for a total of 37 minutes.

Run time: 32 minutes

Walk time: 5 minutes

Wednesday, July 8

I went running around 4.20 p.m. It was overcast (cloudy) and 81°F, with a humidity of 78 percent, a dew point of 74°F, and a heat index of 86°F.

I walked for 3 minutes;
ran for 30 minutes;
then walked home for a total of 36 minutes.

Run time: 30 minutes

Walk time: 6 minutes

My feet have been much better since my August issue of Runner’s World arrived. They have an article called “Do the Leg Work,” which outlines some stretches for your calves. I was already doing the eccentric calf raises (stand on a step with your heels hanging off the step, push yourself up on your toes, then drop your heels below the step slowly, repeat); they also mention straight-leg calf raises, bent-knee calf raises, farmer’s walk on toes, and plyometric lunges. Unfortunately I cannot find this article on their website.

Also, I wanted to share with you these wonderful “Dorothy” slippers my young friend wore to church the other day. Even though they are not red, they remind me of Dorothy! They are SO cool! (Sorry the picture is blurry – I seem to be terrible at taking pics!)

Dorothy's shoes

Dorothy’s shoes

Monday, August 19

The heat and humidity are coming back, and I’m not complaining! It’s been way too cool this summer. Or rather, I should say, it’s either been too cold, or incredibly hot! No in-between. But as I said, I’m not complaining because I like the heat.

So I waited 45 minutes after I had dinner to run, but I don’t think it was enough, as my tummy was bothering me afterward. I did drink a lot of my water/Gatorade mix before and after my run.

I walked for 7 minutes, ran for 4.5 minutes, walked 1 minute, ran for 4.5 minutes, walked 1 minute, ran for 4.5 minutes, walked 1 minute, then ran for 5 minutes, and walked home for a total of 33 minutes.

Run time: 18.5 minutes

Walk time: 14.5 minutes

P.S. Does anyone use homemade Gatorade mixes? Can you please share your recipe with me?

Sunday, July 28

We are at the beach in North Carolina. We used to live down here when I was a child, and have been returning (it seems like) forever.

Because I’m at the shore, and the island is flat and it can get brutally hot here, I usually go out before the sun rises. However, this morning I woke up earlier than I had intended (alarm was set for 5.20 am and I woke up at 5 am), so I tried to be leisurely about going outside. However, I was too impatient and went out. I walked for 8 minutes, and then did 4  4 minute runs (I was going to do 2  4 minute segments and 2  3 minute 45 second segments, but I couldn’t see my watch) for a total of 31 minutes.

Run/jog time: 16 minutes

Walk time: 15 minutes

Saturday, July 20

I’m sorry to say that I took four days off from running. At first I thought I’d take two days off as down time (Tuesday and Wednesday), but then my dog because sick (Thursday) and I had to take her to the vet’s, and as she was very clingy and it was also pretty darn hot, I stayed home with her where she pretty much attached herself to my hip. Friday was beastly hot and humid–my parents’ thermometer read 100 at 10 pm at night, and just sitting on the porch in the evening was cause for a sweat bath (my parents live in the same area as me). Also, I wasn’t feeling very well mentally; I know it’s stupid–I should have gone exercising because it helps with depression and anxiety (which I struggle with), but I was also exhausted from work because one of my bosses, who works off-sight, was in town this past week. I also have to say that it’s hard for me to blog when I feel so overwhelmed.

However, I was determined to go running today because I was fed up with not exercising! Also I will be on holiday beginning Friday evening and I want to get in as much exercising as possible. I will exercise when I’m away at the beach, also, and hopefully will be able to post from there. My husband will be home with the animals as he doesn’t like the beach. It’s a mixed blessing! I just love the ocean and swimming.

Anyways, I did increase my running intervals to 3 minutes 45 seconds. So, I ran 4 intervals with 1 minute walks in between for a total of 32 minutes.

Run/jog time: 15 minutes

Walk time: 17 minutes