Sunday, July 31, 2011

07/31/11 - 103 degree heat index at 8:00 pm???

I couldn't believe it. I got back from my run tonight about 8:00. I looked at my phone to see what the temperature was....and it said 103 head index.

At 8:00 pm??? I can only imagine what it was when I left the house to drive to the city trail an hour before.

This is completely nuts!!! I'm not a summer person....but one thing running has done for me, is help me deal with the heat. The more I'm out in it, the more I can handle it.

But 103 degrees at 8 o'clock at night??? I'm sorry, but that's just plain wrong! :-)

So......for the good news.....

Not only did I get to run 3 full miles, without any pain at all (I can't tell you that last time I was able to say that).....but I also got to run it outside. Off of the treadmill!!!

Hello Garmin! Oh how I've missed you so!!!

3 miles, outside, no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I guess I'm lying a little when I say no pain. My lungs were feeling the heat. It's amazing how much it affects a person. I usually run intervals...2 min run, 1 min walk. By the time I got back...I'd been doing 1 min run, 1 min walk. I just couldn't catch my breath. I know I'm out of shape from what I was last year....but I'm not THAT out of shape from last year. Geezzzz! :-)

I tell you what. Running without pain in my legs...outside. I know it's still early to be celebrating and all....but dang that feels good!!!

When I got home, I went upstairs to my own little den turned yoga space.

You see, I've decided to obliterate my shin splints in an all out attack. I've been doing as much as I can with physical training and such on the medical front. And now that they have me where I can start back to running, I want to make sure I don't end up where I was again.

Ever again.

After quite a bit of research, I've found out quite a few things about running.....and taking dance lessons for 18 years.....and about how the two don't get along well.

At all.

At. All.

This last Thursday was the first of 5 Yoga for Runners classes. After our first night, we were given homework.

Complete 10 Sun Salutations. 5 each of two different variations.

And, since it was Sunday and I hadn't done one session on my own yet.....I thought that I may as well.

While I was all sweaty and such already.

After a victorious OUTSIDE run of 3 whole miles....and 20 minutes of slow moving, yet thorough, yoga series.....I feel pretty darned good.

3.01 miles, 11:07 overall average pace, Max HR 189, Avg HR 173


Fran said...

You won't believe how happy I am for you: running outside with no pain! Congratulations! Victory!

I'm not a Summer person either that's why I run early in the morning. And if I have a race planned and it's hot I'm just not going. I run for myself and I don't see the point why I should be able to run in any kind of weather. I run in everything except heat.

You sure got a lot of books Jen, I would love to have room to store so many books but I don't and sell most of my books after reading them.

PS: don't delete this one okay LOL

C2Iowa said...

Nice return to pain free. Congrats! Have you read all of those books? Curious.

Nej said...

@ Fran - it seems like every time I "publish" a comment from my phone, I hit delete instead. :-) :-)

I knew it was warm last night, but I didn't know it was THAT warm until I got home and saw the official temp on my computer. Two years ago, I wouldn't have left my house in that heat...let alone run in it! :-)

Nej said...

@ C2 - yep...every one of them. About 80% (or more) are my hubby's, and the rest are mine. There are probably 10-20 I haven't read yet (if that)...because we've bought them recently (bookstores going out of business all through the city).

Mot (hubby) and his whole family are readers. They will read and re-read books a million times over. And they read so darned fast!!!

Reading puts me to sleep, so I usually only do it, a chapter or two at a time, right before bed. At that rate, it takes me forever to get through one. :-)