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Louisiana: Summer is here.

My biggest struggle lately has been the crazy heat coupled with craaaaaaaaaaaaazy high humidity.  The humidity is much more miserable than the heat.

My runs have increased to 5 miles! I’ve settled into an every-other-day routine, and I’m finding my rhythm. I love running!

This morning, the humidity was 92%! I had to be at work by noon, and my child is out of school for the summer, so I had no other choice but to run in the 92% hell.  The run was going okay considering when a bug flew in my eye at about the 3.5 mile mark! It burned so bad! I kept pace, and kept wiping. lol  Before that happened, a large dog began chasing me…fortunately, he backed off once I yelled at him (lucky, I know).  Then, once I finally got home I realized that the back of my shoe had rubbed a large hunk of flesh off of the back of my heel. lol  It was a ROUGH morning. Ya know what though? I’d do it all over again. Running is somehow magical….the worst things can happen to you, but you brush it off and prepare for the next run.

I have several races written down in my running log.  I’ve planned out my race schedule for the next six months.  I plan on wrapping up the year with a half marathon.

If you don’t run…start.  It is unimaginably addictive & fun.

P.S.-I’ve lost ~60lbs now.

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Updates…

I have been neglecting this blog lately…my apologies.  I just realized that I never gave a post-race update (from my first 5K)! Note: It was April 9th.

Geesh…where is my head!!

I was a bag of nerves on race day!  No one was able to come see me race, so I knew…no one…which made the nerves worse.  Oh, and the race was simply advertised as a 5K.  No where…NO WHERE did it say 5K TRAIL RACE! LOL  Yep, 3.1 miles of grueling up & down steep hills…mud, dirt, rocks…you name it…it was there!  So, I was completely exhausted halfway into it. So, I began to walk/run…my strategy at that point was simply survival! So, I walked uphill, and ran downhill.

That worked out okay, because I did not finish last (and that was my only goal for that race).  I did learn a few things though…Lesson 1-explore the area where the race is going to be held if you are unfamiliar with it.  Lesson 2-I must be in much better shape before my first INTENTIONAL trail race! lol

So, my first 5K was a trail run…unplanned…but i did it.

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I set a PR yesterday morning! I ran 5.56 miles! The time was horrible, but the distance was what mattered! Before yesterday, a 5K was my longest distance. I’m making progress!! 🙂

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On the weight loss front: I’ve now lost a total of 51lbs! 😀

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Thanks to a friend on Dailymile.com I found out about The Jelly Bean Virtual 5K going on this week! I found out just in time too! I just have to complete it & post my time before the 26th. Cool beans! LOL 😉  Now, to decide if I’m going to do this in the morning, or Saturday morning. Decisions…decisions…perhaps I’ll do it twice, and post my best time? LOL Nah, I wouldn’t do that…I dont even think I could run a 5K two days in a row! LOL

I’m on Dailymile.com now too! Check me out! Add me as a friend on there if you are on it.

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I plan on going on a long hike sometime this weekend. I had planned on going in the morning, but then came a torrential downpour, and now I’m thinking that those dirt trails are going to be mud pits…and uh…I dunno about that. Perhaps not tomorrow. lol

Although, last Saturday I hiked over five miles and thoroughly enjoyed myself!


Who Knew!?

Today, we changed up the pace a bit by checking out a new trail. Well, the trail is a small gravel, and a bit deep. So, when you step you dig down a bit. Well, this worked my muscles in a very different way, and I guess worked some stability muscles that hadn’t been worked .

I only WALKED 2.65 miles, and yet my quads feel like I did an hour on an elliptical…or three sets of 15 on the leg press machine. Crazy!!!

Although, my knee…which I have worked super hard to strengthen (bum knee since junior high), was tweaking a bit after that. It wasn’t because I did too much (because I didn’t), it was because I used some stability muscles in my knee that I had not previously. So, both a good thing…and a uh…oops…I have a race Saturday…I can’t get my knee tweaking!!!! It’s okay though…slight twinges…nothing major. I’ll listen to it carefully tomorrow morning to see how I need to work out. I’m not going back to those gravel trails this week. I need to work on that AFTER my race.

I hit upper body in the gym very lightly once I got to school. A few sets of vertical lifts, and then I called it a morning.

As long as my knee is good in the morning, I expect it to be a hard(er) workout.

I think Thursday, I’m going to check with the training partner to see if she wants to run the road instead of trails so that I can prepare better for my race Saturday.

Oh, and I cooked us some nice inch thick top sirloins for dinner tonight…Soooooo good!!!