Sunday, July 3, 2016

Weekly Wrap brought to you by the weather and critters...July 3

 Now is a great time for me to reflect upon my week of workouts!  


We are linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap.  Here  we go!


Mon- I completed 3 miles in the morning then another 4 that evening.

Tues- 6 miles 

Wed-7 miles 

Thurs- The plan was to complete 8 miles. As soon as we stepped outside, the air felt very thick. We knew that this run was going to be a challenge. I usually never complain about the heat or humidity. I’d take that any day over cold and snow. We were not even two miles into the run and I stopped at the visitor’s center to use the restroom. The air conditioning felt so good in there that I didn’t even want to go back outside. I eventually did, but I decided to take my shirt off. I normally do not do that, but it was just so hot! So now I had to run holding my shirt. I’m glad that I didn’t have a water bottle in the other hand to hold, although I probably should have brought one for as hot as it was out.  

Finally we were half way and it was time to turn out. I made the comment on the way back that I was dying! My friend asks do you need to stop and walk. Of course I said no. I just thought to myself stopping would just take us longer to get this run completed. We arrived back to the visitor’s center, and I didn’t even have to use the restroom but wanted to step inside just so I could feel the air conditioning. It felt lovely. After I stepped back out I knew we only had two more miles to go.  

We began chatting away like we normally do. We were in the middle of a conversation, and all of a sudden I let out a yelp and pushed my friend. My friend had no idea what was going on. This snake came out of nowhere and it was right on the paved running trail and I almost stepped on it. My friend didn’t even see it until I brought it to his attention. So after we saw it we continued to let people know on the trail that we passed. I have seen snakes before during my run and usually it never bothers me because it is not right where I was running, but this was. We were both happy to have finished those 8 hot and humid miles.  

Friday- The next day it ended up storming and raining all day which made it feel much cooler out. Since it was rainy, I decided to take advantage of my final hot yoga class. I really have been enjoying it the last month but I do not think I will sign up for a membership. It is pretty pricey. And plus, it is only going to continue to get hotter outside, so I don’t feel the need to take hot yoga in the middle of summer.

Saturday- After having it rain all day on Friday, it really cooled things down outside. I ended up running with a long sleeve shirt on. I can’t believe two days earlier, I couldn’t even keep my shirt on, and now I was a little chilly. I did 4 miles by myself before heading into work that day. 

When I talked to my friend the next day he said that during his run he had an encounter with a coyote. They made eye contact and he stopped running for a minute to see which way this coyote was going to go. Of course my friend went the opposite way and continued on his run.  

What’s one of the strangest wildlife you have encountered during your run?  -L

17 comments:

  1. Omg I hate snakes!!! I even get the heebie jeebies when I see them dead on the road.

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    1. I usually don't mind them. It was just when I was about to step on one.

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  2. A coyote! It sounds exciting! I often run hills, so it rarely see these same things. ^^

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    1. I wish I would have been with him during that run.

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  3. Hi!!! Thanks for commenting on my blog the other day! Hope all is well with the both of you!

    I can't believe the wildlife that you and your friend have encountered! Snakes don't tend to bother me but I don't know what I would do if I saw one on a run. The only animals I tend to get in contact with are dogs barking at me as I am running by or road kill :(

    Awesome mileage week! Are you training for anything??

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    1. No, just keeping company with my friend while he trains.

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  4. Oh my gosh going into air conditioning in the middle of my run would be torture. I would not have the will power to leave! I think if I saw a coyote on my run I would not be able to run by myself for a bit. I have not encountered any strange wildlife thankfully, just the normal goose or woodchuck.

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    1. It was tough leaving that air conditioned room.

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  5. Snakes are like my biggest fear! I freak out if I even see them on the TV.

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  6. I recently saw a snake crossing the trail right in front of me while running in FL. It certainly will give you pause. Sometimes I'll see a bunny in my neighborhood, but no real wildlife. We don't ever seem to get a break with our heat. I'm jealous you had to wear long sleeves. Thanks for linking, Lacey.

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  7. ah, air conditioning is blissful on hot days! I've seen snakes, turtles, deer, and coyotes on runs, LOL!! Scary!

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  8. OMG A SNAKE! I would have freaked out!

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  9. Snake encounters are scary, and I say that as someone who LOVES snakes! I've done a few (very graceful, I'm sure) leaps over snakes that appear randomly in the middle of the sidewalk sometimes!

    I love running long with friends because it's easier to avoid walking!

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  10. I've never encountered any dangerous animals -- just squirrels and deer. Maybe a few cats. ha Humid runs are so tough. I saw this photo once and it seemed like a good idea (stuff you shirt in the back part of your sports bra instead of holding it): https://www.instagram.com/p/4ex2fWrtoH/

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  11. Nice week! Running with friends definitely helps on the long runs! I've seen a snake on my run as well. It was crazy because I also didn't realize it was a snake until I was so close, and I jumped over it. Good thing it didn't do anything when I jumped. I was pretty surprised to see it there and it was a big one.

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  12. You got in some great miles this week and well a not so great critter sighting! I had an armadillo run out right besides me last week, which was odd cause they usually stay in the woods. Thanks for linking up Lacey!

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