My best tip for running in fall weather

I finally feel like my running is getting back on track. I’ve heard people say that fall PR’s are built on summer sweat and I really hope that’s true because I sweated my ass off this summer. I ran a lot less but I feel like I perspired much more than I normally do.

sweating like crazy

I hope you’re right miss housewife who’s name I do not know.

I don’t know about you but once the temp goes above 75 and it gets humid, I’m toast. I still run but it’s uncomfortable as all hell. And it seems like it gets worse every year. I mean, I live in Florida so I expect it to be hot and humid but the older I get, the worse it gets. But obviously I love to run because I keep doing it.

Exactly, that's exactly how it feels.

Exactly, that’s exactly accurate.

That’s why when I got up to run on Monday morning and realized it was 69 degrees, I cried little tears of joy. Do you wanna know my number one tip for running in fall weather? Ask someone who lives somewhere that actually has fall. Because the honest truth is we don’t really have a fall and when it gets cool here I lose all sense of reason and just run like a crazy person.

crazy running

It’s cool outside, It’s cool outside, did you hear me? IT’S COOL OUTSIDE!!! Runnnnnnnnnnnnnn

On Monday I had 5 miles on my schedule and I nailed it. The plan was to run 5 miles at around a 9:50 pace. My splits were 9:53, 9:49, 9:54, 9:54 and 9:49. I wanted to run all out and kill it but I stuck to the plan and I was pretty proud of myself.

After I got home I didn’t really feel like sitting on the sofa, or at the table, and working on the computer but I still had to work so I decided to move it outdoors to the lanai.


Hank is never far from mommy.

Not a bad place to work, right?

Last night I spent some time looking at races that I’d like to run in the next 4 months. I plan on making the final choices this week. I’m not completely sure which ones I want to run in October and December but I am running the 10K Turkey Trot in November and a ‘big’ one in January….how’s that for suspense?

So, I’m really curious to know, tell me what your weather is like right now.

Is it cool where you are?  Yep, still cool here…83 will be the high today.
Do you prefer running in hot or cold weather? cool, definitely cool!
Would you rather run in snow or 80 degrees with high humidity?  I’ll take snow, seriously, but I reserve the right to change my mind…

Will run for pyrex.

Good Morning! The weekend is over and it’s time to for another work week. I hope you had a nice one. I thought I’d tell you all about mine and it was a busy one, so let’s dive right in.

After such a wonderful day going to estate sales with the Kid on Thursday, I wanted to do it all over again so I convinced him to go with me on Friday morning. I don’t think he was as excited the second day…

estate sale sign
He indulged me anyway and we hit up a few sales. Since Friday was a rest day for me we got out nice and early. The first sale had posted pictures on Craig’s list and I was positive I saw some pyrex in a few of the pictures. I might have gotten a bit too excited.

pyrex meme
I didn’t get the pyrex, someone else did and let’s just leave it at that.

pryex smack down

Bitch, give me the pyrex! GIMME!

The Kid and I called it a day around noon because he had a doctors appointment and I had some work to do but since this is a supposed to be a running blog, let’s talk about running for a change, shall we?

On Saturday morning MacGyver went hunting and so I decided to attempt a long run. Unfortunately, on late Friday I found out that one of the communities near me was hosting their annual garage sales and I couldn’t miss it. I went to it last year and scored huge so I had to go. I mean let’s face it, I need to buy your junk and used shit. I need to! I just needed to adjust my schedule to accommodate my long run…

garage sale sign

Yes, we must go to the garage phale….

I decided that I would get up with MacGyver at 3am and after he went hunting I would run….that didn’t work out though because I was tired so I decided to get up at 4am.  Yeah, no.  Then 5am rolled around, still tired. Finally at 5:30am I got up. The plan was to run 8 miles around the neighborhood because the cooler weather had arrived. I figured after running, I would take the dogs for a walk, then shower, then hit up the garage sales by 8am.

And then I walked outside…

Ordinarily I wouldn’t mind rain but I wasn’t prepared for it and I was short on time so I did the next best thing and I ran 6 miles on my treadmill. It was actually a nice run and I liked it.

After running I got ready to take the dogs for a walk but then as always happens in my world, things took a turn.  There was a stray pit bull in my yard!

Regardless of whether or not it was a nice dog, my dogs are crazy and I wasn’t going to attempt a meeting in any way shape or form. So, I took a shower and got ready hoping it would be gone when I was finished. It wasn’t. I was running out of time so I went ahead and hit up the garage sales because, priorities.

buying crap

I should’ve quit while I was ahead.

After I got home I decided that no matter what I would not go to any more garage sales or estate sales for at least a week and I planned a long run for Sunday morning.

I got out on the road in my neighborhood on Sunday around 7am and it was cool and breezy and I was super excited…..until I reached a half mile. At that point the rain came and I was carrying my iPhone and had nowhere to put it. Not wanting to quit I realized I could easily run by my house and drop the phone in my mailbox without having to stop and that’s what I did and then I continued on. The rain just kept coming down, harder and harder but I didn’t really mind.

Well, I didn’t mind until my shoes became water logged. After I tripped for the third time I thought the best idea would be to stop. If I had been running in an area void of all the puddles I probably would’ve kept going because honestly, I felt like a badass and I like running in the rain. I really do.  I did manage 5 miles thought so that’s something.

Last week started off slow but I ended up with 26 miles for the week and an additional 8.5 miles of walking. Not bad but this week, I’ve got a schedule and I’m sticking to it because surprise, I’m going to run some races soon!

Oh, and I should mention, unless the pyrex comes to me, I’m on a self imposed ban of garage and estate sales for the time being.  I can’t promise it will last long but we’ll see.

So, what did you do this weekend?
Did it rain where you are?

Friday five – dog warnings & rockets

Time got away from me yesterday and I totally forgot to post anything….but I was busy hanging out with the kid and can I just say that the most ordinary day turned into one of the best days ever. I had such a good time with that young man I’ve raised. He makes me so proud.

We went to some estate sales, went to the vitamin store to get some supplements and had lunch at a little diner. We also made a trip to the Safety Harbor Post Office which has to be the friendliest post office in the entire world. Who can be unhappy when your building looks like this?

Safety Harbor Post Office
Am I right?

This week I was reading Cely’s blog and she mentioned that she was out walking with a ‘nervous’ dog when she was approached by some off-leasher’s. That happens to me on the reg and I commented that I had gotten my dogs a harness with a warning. A lot of other people also left comments on her post saying they had experienced problems with off-leashers and one commenter wanted to know where I got the harnesses from.

Unfortunately, the store that I got them from is no longer in business but I did a little research and found these:

warning bandanas

These bandanas are around 10 bucks and you can order them from their etsy store.

warning jackets

These jackets are under 20 bucks and you can order them here.

Of course, we can all make this a little simpler if only the irresponsible dog owners would just leash their damn dogs.

Okay I’m moving on now.

I really wanted to share the new Honey Boo Boo song with you, but I just…I just cant. It’s so bad, after watching just 20 seconds of it, I started to hate life. I could not in good conscience do that to you.

We’re staying home this weekend because of the glorious weather. MacGyver is going hunting and I’m going to attempt a long run. I have a feeling I can do it!

Lastly, I just watched an amazing rocket launch this morning.  Atlas 5 went up around 6:30am.  I ran outside so fast I forgot to get a picture of the rocket itself but I did get a picture of the cloud formation that happened afterward, check it out:

rocket cloud

Sweet, isn’t it?

That’s the beauty of living in Florida.  It may be hot but I get to see rockets launch!

What are your plans for the weekend?
Do you have a long run planned?
Ever seen a rocket launch?