How to talk about running…with people who don’t run!

I am the only person in my house who runs. Period. MacGyver used to run years ago but now he hates it and the kid doesn’t like to run either.

Hates running

MacGyver often teases me, because truth be told, he thinks I run a bit too much. Okay, a lot too much. He will say things like, ‘your knees are going to be shot when you get old’ and ‘when you get older I’m not gonna push you around in your wheelchair because you broke your body with all that running!’

That’s totally fine by me because if his current memory is any indication, he will probably have Alzheimer’s anyway and I don’t want him pushing me around and not remembering where he left my ass, so were all good.

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We joke around a lot but fortunately, my family is very supportive of my running. They show up for many of my races and they don’t bitch when I have to get in my training. It’s important to have the support of the people who love you but that doesn’t mean they want to hear about every detail of every single run. Even though they support me, they don’t support me in quite the same way that another runner would.

For instance, MacGyver always asks me, ‘how was your run’ as soon as I get back. I usually limit my response to just ‘fine’ because I know he doesn’t really want to know how at mile two I wanted to quit and then at mile four I had the fastest mile in 3 weeks, or how I finished strong and felt like I could go on for at least five more miles. No, I’ve learned over time that he doesn’t really want to hear all about that and neither does the kid. Instead I say just fine or I focus on the things that I know will interest them.

Last summer, there a pack of coyotes in the park and if you left early enough in the morning you would see them. I saw them quite a few times and I would always come home and tell MacGyver about the encounters and how cool it was. He was mesmerized by the fact that they didn’t run off but were actually curious about all the runners who were in the park before the sun came up. After a while, I didn’t even have to mention anything because he would excitedly asked me about the coyotes as soon as I walked in the door. And we had similar conversations regarding a fox that would run beside me down in Venice. Wildlife is a big hit with MacGyver and a sure way to keep him interested in my running.


The Kid on the other hand likes to hear about the funny things that happen when I’m out running, or the insects that I see. He was particularly interested in the time I saw the elusive red widow spider and the time I saw a huge infestation of dung beetles. And anytime I fall down, he loves to hear about it. Fortunately, that’s often. With my Mom, I talk about my running clothes and running shoes. She loves seeing all of my clothes and she loves to help me pick out cute things to run in and outfits to wear for races. She also loves hearing about the styles and brands that I like because she shops as much, or more, than I do and she often finds things on sale for me.

shop cardio

With my tech savvy friends I talk about my Garmin watches, heart rate monitors and other gadgets. With my analytical friends I talk about my graphs and charts and training but I’m sure you get the point.

Not all of your family and friends are going to be runners but you can still find things about running that will interest them and not bore them to tears. And who knows, maybe if you talk about the things that interest them, they’ll get curious and you’ll eventually turn them into runners too.

Do your family and friends run?

Is your family supportive of your running and training?

Humidity, dew points, temperature and when you shouldn’t run.

Well, I finished this post at 9:30am this morning and then my Internet took a shit so I had to fix it. That took another 3 hours. Apparently, the Internet does not work if ALL the cords are not plugged into the proper receptacles. Who knew?

Computer error, need wine!

Since I pulled a muscle in my back, I’ve been going pretty easy with my running. I didn’t run Monday and I walked instead, Tuesday I ran 6 slow miles and today I ran 5. So far, it’s been fine. It seems like my back only hurts when I twist around or I have to clean house or cook dinner so I’m avoiding those things. I haven’t asked my doctor about this yet but I’m pretty sure he’ll tell me to avoid all cleaning and cooking for the next 6 months at least.

This is how you clean a house

This morning I ran around the neighborhood and through Kapok Park. I saw a huge gopher tortoise too. I was going to take a picture of it but I couldn’t catch up with him. I also saw another runner that I often see in the park but he wasn’t running this morning, he was laying on a bench in the shade. I asked him if he was okay and he said that he was, he just got a little overheated. I spoke to him for a few minutes to make sure he wasn’t disoriented and that he really was okay, and once I felt he was, I went on my way.

I see this runner all the time and he’s in great shape. He runs a lot and sometimes in the middle of the day when it’s hot as hell but sometimes the effects of hot weather can sneak up on you. You could easily suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke if you aren’t careful. Just remember to stay hydrated and know the symptoms of heat cramps or heat exhaustion because they can lead to a heat stroke which can be severe and life threatening.

heat exhaustion vs heat strokeThere are two types of heat exhaustion, water depletion and salt depletion. Water depletion symptoms include excessive thirst, weakness, headache, and loss of consciousness. Salt depletion symptoms include nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps, and dizziness.

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

  • Fatigue
  • Goose Bumps
  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Decreased Coordination
  • Fainting
  • Pale skin

Treatment for heat exhaustion

  • Stop running and get in the shade
  • Drink plenty of fluid
  • Remove unnecessary clothing
  • Use a fan to cool off or cold towels
  • Take a cold shower or sponge bath

As always, prevention is the key. Make sure you are properly hydrated and if you’ve ever wondered what temperatures are safe to run in and when you should be extra cautious, here are some guidelines. Heat Index Chart

FYI: I’m pretty sure if the weather conditions are in the red, my ass is staying in bed. Just sayin.

One last thing, when it’s ridiculously hot outside, that’s not the time to be pushing your pace or doing excessive speed work. It just isn’t smart. Let a turtle outrun you, it’s okay, I promise.

What tips can you share with me for keeping cool when it’s crazy hot outside?

Has anyone tried those enduracool towels? What did you think about them?

Indecent exposure, a near death experience and an injury – The Vacation Recap

So, you may know that MacGyver and I took a little mini vacation. It was a much-needed break and we had a really good time. I’d love to tell you about everything that we did but that would take forever and it would probably bore the crap out of you so I’m just gonna give you the highlights.

Our Vacation house in Venice Florida

One of the best things about going to our vacation house is the fishing. MacGyver and I usually have competitions because we both love to fish. This time around MacGyver obviously won but since he caught, filleted and cooked the fish, I think I actually got the better deal. 😉

Fishing in Venice FloridaThe beach at the Venice Inlet is beautiful and sometimes when the conditions are just right, the surf is pretty decent too. We take our paddleboard and our kayaks down here a lot and hop around the little islands. We also like to find pre-historic sharks teeth and I love collecting shells on the beach.

The Venice Inlet

We also spend a lot of time on our boats. The dogs absolutely love it. There’s a really low sand bar on the other side of the inlet where we take the dogs to swim. If the tide is low Hank can actually stand up and he really loves it.

Hank the Dachshund swimming

The dogs also love to fish. I swear. They watch the pole and they know when you have a fish on. They even try to help you take it off.

Dogs in Venice, Florida

That’s probably because they want to eat it….

Sometimes if the tide isn’t low enough, Hank has to swim on the sandbar, and after a few minutes he gets tired and jumps on Boomer’s back. Unfortunately this weekend Boomer wasn’t around him, but I was, so Hank jumped on me and ripped my bathing suit top off. It was a good thing there were only 20 or so boats nearby and 30-40 people in the water around us…otherwise I might have really been embarrassed.

dog pulling suit Sorry, but you ain’t seeing any pictures of that!

Another great thing about Venice is the Legacy Trail. I absolutely love to run on it while we’re down there. I ran 9 miles on Saturday and 6 miles on Sunday.

The Legacy Trail

I even ran the big hill located on the trail:

A Florida Hill

I run so much when I’m down there, it’s become a retirement home for my running shoes.

Running Shoes retirement home.

I planned on running again on Monday morning but I had to walk instead because on Sunday I was on the computer when the dogs suddenly came flying into the room. I quickly turned to see what all the commotion was and I pulled a muscle in my back. Instant. Severe. Pain. I still have pain if I twist too far so hopefully it goes away soon.

back pain

So that’s pretty much the abridged version of what we do down there. We left late Monday to come home. Unfortunately MacGyver was really tired after spending many hours out in the sun on the boat. I probably should have driven but I didn’t and MacGyver swerved into the path of another car on the way home and almost killed me! Fortunately I saw the other car and screamed before a collision occurred….

Bad DriversThe good news in all this is that MacGyver can no longer make fun of the huge dent on the back of my car that I acquired whilst backing out of the garage because I didn’t almost merge into another car and kill my spouse! Winning! There is always a silver lining in my cloud! 🙂

So tell me about your weekend. What did you do?

Ever lost your bathing suit in public?