Sunday, June 28, 2009

It's a hot one...

I'm struggling with what I'm sure many others are also struggling with now--heat and humidity. June has felt much more like August and this has made running more taxing lately. I've found myself running slower, needing frequent water breaks, and even cutting runs short. The options for this heat are running in the morning or as the sun is setting. I know it makes more sense to run in the morning, but I hate running a non-long run in the morning. It takes me forever to feel awake, so I run at least 30 seconds slower per mile than I do in the evening. I hope we get some rain to provide some relief. I almost ran through my neighbor's yard Thursday when I saw his sprinklers on. It was one of those that everyone jumps repeatedly as a kid and I couldn't help but wish i were 20 years younger and be able to put in those miles running through the sprinklers like we all did as kids.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

On the road again...

So my goals with training consistency went down the drain due to two busy weekends and a horrible sinus infection. I was doing so well too! I'd been putting in 3 miles 3-4 times a week and was even getting to where a pace in the 8 minute range was relaxed. And then I went to Ohio for my cousin's graduation, red eye for a wedding in Georgia, and faced Monday with a sore throat that turned into a week long good time. I even went on a fabulous trip to Savannah feeling about 80% the next weekend. I began feeling human again mid-week, but wanted to make sure I was 100% before getting back on the road again for a run.

Today was the first day back in my running shoes. I woke up on my own at 6:30 am (thanks to waking up early for long runs on weekends I've lost the ability to sleep in past 7:30am) and after I milled around I thought I'd go for a run before it became unbearably hot. It took me awhile to locate my trusty Garmin and I was happy to find it with enough juice for a run. The run wasn't long or fast since I want to ease back into it after my absence, but it felt good. It really has warmed up in the past two weeks and I'm coming to realize I'll have to put in morning runs if I want to be comfortable now that summer is approaching.

A note on Savannah: It was great. We stayed in the historic district and while we were walking around exploring I couldn't help but wish I was feeling 100% so that I could go for a run. It would have been amazing with all the little parks and squares, trees dripping with Spanish moss shading the sidewalks, and amazing older buildings to see. I definitely want to go back when it's cooler (maybe for my birthday in the fall--hint hint Amro) and hope to log in some miles on future trips!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

National Running Day and a Sad Day for Chemistry

Today is the very first National Running Day (www.runningday.org) and to celebrate/participate I went for a 3 mile run this evening around my favorite loop into the subdivision next to mine. There is one portion of that run that I always cruise through. No matter how good or bad the run has been I always enjoy this certain stretch and today was no different. I picked up the pace by about a minute a mile and just enjoyed watching the sun setting behind some hills in the distance. It was a great run and I felt strong and sweaty when I finished.

I also received my alumni magazine in the mail today and was sad to find out that one of my former professors had passed away in January. I took two semesters of organic chemistry from Dr. Marvin Dixon in the fall of 2001 and the spring of 2002. Although I was happy to finish organic it had nothing to do with the instruction, Dr. Dixon was a great professor. He always wore a tie to class and those ties were varied. I remember one featuring Marvin the Martian and another that he told us his grand kids had made for him. We had weekly lab reports and I camped out by his office almost every week to ask questions about our work and its interpretation. Dr. Dixon always had a smile and was so patient during those visits. He was so enthusiastic about chemistry and I know he will be missed by the William Jewell College community.