Fitness Friday: Worst Run of my Life Edition

Workout Wrap Up

Saturday: 8 miles (10:26 pace)

Sunday: 2 mile walk

Monday: Tracey Mallet F.I.T.

Tuesday: 5 miles (Speed work - avg pace 9:00)

Wednesday: 30 minutes on elliptical

Thursday: 6 miles (10:40 pace)

Friday: Core & Upper Body Strength

I'm not exaggerating when I said I had the worst run of my life this week. It absolutely ties with the one time I hit 'the wall' on a training run for my first marathon. When I got up Thursday I knew my legs were a little tired from speed work Tuesday but that's not totally unusual for me to run on (part of training is getting used to running on tired legs!)

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What I didn't account for was the 80 degree weather at 6 a.m., 90% humidity, and not eating enough carbs & hydrating enough this week. I had to stop twice to walk for about 5 minutes I literally felt like I was suffocating. The air here is so thick in the summer time it feels like you are choking.

When I did make it back to my car I had to sit in my seat for about 10 minutes I didn't feel comfortable driving home yet. On the way home I was shaking so much I had to put on the heater to try and control it. My body just went haywire. I had a quite a few symptoms for heat exhaustion and I spent the rest of the day feeling fatigued and lacking energy. Shit is scary! I knew after mile three (when I had already downed 20 ounces of water that usually lasts me twice as long) that I probably should call it quits but I'm an idiot. I'm trying to keep my pace the same as it was in the Fall and that's just not possible. I may stop running with my garmin for a while and just run for time (i.e. run for 30 or 60 minutes with no attention to pace.) At least I caught a gorgeous sunrise that morning!

2014-06-19 06.00.09While driving home from one of my runs I found two frogs in my car. This is all residual from the great Pensacola Flood last month. Someone asked me on Twitter and I wasn't sure how to respond but these things couldn't have actually been born in my car - could they?

2014-06-17 05.56.27Work has been well this week. I love my students. I was asked to teach another class at UWF in the Fall so that's always a great compliment! That puts me at 5 classes between the two colleges so with that and my writing I'll be staying busy. I've finally gotten into a nice groove working from home. For a few weeks it was really hard for me to stay on a schedule. I'd either be working constantly (checking emails all night/weekend) or not being able to motivate myself to work at all. Now, I usually work in the mornings for 2-3 hours and again in the afternoon. I try to quit working around 5 or 6 like I would a 'real job' and let myself binge watch TV or study French or something else totally nerdy.

I took some selfies with Salem.

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2014-06-16 13.16.33Well, I tried at least. Clearly he felt like being a blurry face that day. His 8th birthday is in less than a month! He's a senior citizen in cat years. Grumpy old man.

I can't believe I leave for Savannah in less than a week for Fitbloggin. I'm moderating the keynote panel on Saturday night so if you are going please try to attend! I can't wait to meet new friends and reconnect with people from last year. If there are any 'must see/do' things in the area let me know as I'll try to take a few hours out to explore the city a bit.

What are you doing this weekend? What should I get Salem for his birthday?