Sunday, July 23, 2017

Southern Sizzlin' (WW # 103)






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Again, there's not much to talk about this week.  I'm just plowing through these triple digit temperature days and outrageous morning dew points as best I can.   I don't know how I trained for a marathon for the past two summers.  That almost feels like a dream now.  

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I overslept Tuesday morning (which seems to be a recurring theme of late) and only had time to run four miles.  The dew point was slightly kinder so I was happy make these miles progressive:  10:35, 10:04, 9:36 and 8:49.  Friday morning I had extra time and planned to run eight miles.  {Bahahaha} It was so disgustingly hot and humid that I had to stop multiple times.  My sweat was sweating.  I quit at four and a half miles.  I think eventually you reach a point where you aren't doing yourself any favors by trying to slug it out.  I don't quit very often -- but I had reached that point.  And I was toast for the remainder of the day. 

On the cycling front, I rode 20 miles on my bide trainer Wednesday evening and had full intentions of riding outside over the weekend.  That didn't happen.  Saturday simply got away from me as I was working/playing in the back yard and water skiing on Sunday took precedence.  Always. 


Mini (off leash to herd her squirrels), Lucca and Mojo

One other thing I've been doing some nights this summer is walking the dogs after dinner.  You may remember our college kid adopted a new puppy (heavy sigh).  When he isn't working on campus, he travels home to stay a few nights with puppy Lucca in tow.  We walk all three dogs about 2 miles.  I'll miss our walks when classes start again in August. But, I won't miss the cicadas.  We have to yell to hear each other over their deafening noise. 

 Well, I can't let you go without a water skiing picture.  The water was 90 degrees.  90!  THE WATER.



One more... because I love the early morning light!




And that's a wrap!


How many pets do you have?

How are you handling the heat?

 


 

78 comments:

  1. Your water skiing pics are amazing! I agree with you on the heat and how sometimes you just have to call UNCLE. I love the heat (most of the time), but there are times when, like you said, you are not doing yourself any favors by being a hero...and you risk injury or heat stroke (or worse!).

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    1. I love my great outdoors. I love being active. I'm used to being hot and sweaty. But right now -- it is simply life sucking. I look forward to October when our mornings get cool.

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  2. Totally know what you mean by reaching "that point". It can be dangerous if you push yourself too hard in this weather so you definitely made the right call!

    I love your water skiing photos!

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    1. As much as I love reaching my numbers, I just can't do it in this swampy weather. Maybe it's the whole aging thing...

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  3. I feel the same way - don't know how I marathon trained last summer either - its brutal right now. That water skiing looks peaceful!

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    1. I can't remember being this miserable during marathon training. I keep thinking I'll get used to it, but that is just not happening.

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  4. The heat has been brutal this summer. Marathon training has been a challenge to say the least. Walk intervals have become the norm and I can't even worry about it. Love the water skiing pic!

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    1. I was just thinking on my last run about doing walk intervals. It certainly couldn't hurt.

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  5. I wish I could over sleep! I keep waking up way before I need to. This heat is killing me

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    1. I'm usually up before I need to be too. But lately, apparently I've learned how to sleep in. It is so out of character for me.

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  6. Waterskiing deserves to be a priority this time of year! I miss having a dog to walk -- until its 95 with 95% huminity at 8 pm ....

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    1. The skiing has been fantastic this summer. I definitely can't complain about that. Yeah, our dog walks are steamy but at least I'm not running (I tell myself).

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  7. I feel like we're in the worst of the worst with the heat and humidity. In times like these, we just do what we can! Good job on the progressive run!

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    1. What we've been having all month is our typical August weather. Which worries me. How bad is our August going to be?

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  8. It's been quite humid (by our standards) here quite a lot lately. Thankfully we had a thunderstorm mid week which brought the temperature and humidity down a bit.

    The three dogs are cute, we just have the one!

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    1. When the third dog visits, it is quite the circus at our house. I forget how puppies act. Our other two are almost 10 now.

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  9. Love those waterskiing pictures! And dang, that water temp is crazy!!!

    My husband was saying that he doesn't remember summer running being so hard, and it being so hot. I don't know, maybe we just forget over the cooler months? I ended up walking with my very pregnant friend on Saturday instead of running and I have to say, it was really nice to not be soaking wet with sweat afterward. When will we have our first cold front??

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    1. That's what I wonder. Have I just forgotten how it feels? At my age (ahem) is it harder for my body to tolerate it? I don't know. August is usually our worst month. Probably for you too. Oh, joy.

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  10. Is it true that the insects are much worse in the South? I don't even remember the last time I heard a cicada. My evening runs or walks are pretty quiet.

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    1. We didn't have much of a winter and "they" always say the bugs are worse when that happens. I don't think that applies to cicadas though, just flies and mosquitoes. Or maybe that is an old wives tale. LOL.

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  11. 90 degree temps for the water ...now, that's a hot summer! But your skiing pics are always so beautiful and graceful...it's like art!

    I have a 'grand dog' myself that I dog sit for regularly ...be careful, before you know it you'll be attached to it! I know I am to mine! :)

    I'm getting really excited about our ride. The more I ride, the more confident that I can complete it ....I think! :) It'll make for a great story either way!!!

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    1. I hate that I didn't get my long ride in this weekend! It's so much more comfortable and fun out on the road (as opposed to the painful trainer). But, my mileage was probably climbing too fast -- so I'll look on the bright side.

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  12. I am so over this weather - and still a month to go?!

    I just love your water skiing photos!

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    1. On one hand, I don't want summer to end because it means skiing is over. But OMG, the running is so hard! And, it is difficult to stay motivated.

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  13. We just adopted a dog 3-4 weeks ago! He is 8 and is a retired sled dog, so very active coming fall/winter! I love my morning walks with him - we got for about 20 minutes and it's so calm and quiet...and cool out at 6am.

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    1. We went dog sledding in Colorado this past March. Those dogs were very energetic but also so sweet and loving. How lucky you are to have some cool air in the mornings.

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  14. I didn't run outside in Texas during the summer because it didn't take me long to hit "that point." When I start sweating walking from my car to the work building, it's bad.

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    1. Yeah, getting walk sweat is a good indication that it is a scorcher!

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  15. Wow! 90 degree water, that's crazy hot! Great job getting workouts in that heat and humidity! I don't have any pets right now. The kiddos are already a lot of work. :)

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    1. I didn't have pets when my kids were really young either. Like you, I was busy enough already and there was just no time to train a puppy.

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  16. Your heat and humidity is nothing compared to ours here! I had one run from the week that wiped me out for the day. So much sweat!

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    1. I do the drip test. When I hang my running clothes up to dry, if they make a puddle on the floor -- I know that was a helluva hot run. LOL

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  17. Ha! "My sweat was sweating" Hate that feeling but love the description.

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    1. When you think about it, it's pretty amazing how much liquid we can get to leak out of our pores.

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  18. This summer heat and humidity is just brutal. But you're definitely making the best of it with your time on the water. So jealous!

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    1. Being able to go to the lake is the only saving grace for our summers. I will not want that part to end.

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  19. beautiful photos!!! Hey, sometimes your body needs sleep, maybe that's why you're sleeping in?good

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    1. That is why I don't set an alarm. I figure sleep is the most important thing and what my body needs to do.

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  20. Oh, I lovelovelove your tank! I NEED that! My parents' dog hearts squirrels too. He's a tiny little Boston-Pug mix and they take him to the golf course and let him roam around while they play, haha.

    Powering through summer running can be so difficult--I feel your pain. We southern ladies kind of get the short end of the stick in that regard!

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    1. I love the tank too -- I just do it in reverse: run then coffee. I love our winter running season. It feels like heaven and I will race as often as I can.

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  21. The water was 90?!? Omg...

    I have two dogs. At one time I had two cats, a bunny, and a dog. But that was several years ago. My bunny was the sweetest.

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    1. Doesn't that water temp sound gross? It actually feels cool since the air is so nasty. I had a black and white bunny when I was a little girl!

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  22. Yeah, our heat index and dew points have been insane. Dew points over 80 and triple digit heat indexes. I'm...surviving? Even the water at the ocean is hot and not really refreshing at this point. The only options are to stay indoors or be actually IN the water, not on the water (pool, ocean, river, lake, whatever - we have them all here). Good job powering through!

    We have 4 dogs. I'm a crazy dog lady and I'm okay that with that.

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    1. It's crazy to be happy to see a dew point of only 71. But it just makes my day when we get one! Can one have too many dogs?

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  23. 90 degree water. OMG. I don't think I've ever been in water that hot! Does it feel any cooler while you're skiing?

    I'm pretty much sure there is no way in heck I'd be training for a distance race in a southern summer. Can't even imagine.

    2 dogs, 1 cat. The youngest is 9 . . . we were walking em (not Gizmo, of course) after dinner until the heat & humidity kicked in. Of course, to you, it would feel cool! But Lola just doesn't tolerate it as well any more.

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    1. The water really doesn't feel 90 since the air temp is much higher. And skiing 28-30 mph cools you off pretty quick anyway. My Mojo is ready to come home long before the other two. It may be the noisy cicadas though.

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  24. HaHa, I love your quote, "My sweat was sweating." I won't make you any more jealous by continuing to dwell on how delightfully cool the temperatures were in the mountains of Southwest Virginia last weekend. I'm back home now and facing our usual hazy, hot, and humid weather...

    Thanks for the linkup!

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    1. You were so lucky to get to enjoy some cool temps. I am very jealous. What worries me is August is usually our hottest month. [Sigh]

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  25. I had a tough hot week, but I did just enough I feel okay with it.
    No need to lay down tons of miles right and I applaud your decision to stop. It isn't a good time to push through in this heat. Your speed is really great in the heat on your progression run!
    The ski pics are always pretty amazing :)
    Enjoy those walks :)

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    1. You've been very consistent with your running this summer. I'm very impressed! I guess we will survive this summer...like we always do.

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  26. 90 water temp seems really warm... is that the norm for summer? I have 2 dogs, one doesnt' seem to mind the heat of the summer... the other, well... let's just say it's a challenge to get her to go outside at all from May-September.

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    1. Yes, that is normal for the peak of summer. And, I have seen it higher than that. My Mojo is ready to head home long before the other two dogs.

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  27. We are having weird weather this summer so far...it's hot for sure, but not as hot as it normally gets. Normally we'd see weather in the 90s during the day but it's stuck in the 80s lately. All the summer storms are making it more humid but less hot if that makes sense! I don't know this is my first summer training for something so I think I'm doing ok!

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    1. I figured you were having really hot days too! I get the more humid, less hot thing. That excessive humidity is worse than the heat, in my opinion.

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  28. We had a heat index over 100 degrees a couple of days last week, but at least we never officially crossed that boundary. 90-degree water too? Wow! Running has been going well, thankfully my knee has felt much better with the shorter distances. We have 2 kittens that keep us busy!

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    1. Isn't it wild that the water can get that warm? I bet those kittens are adorable!

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  29. 90 degree water temp. Wow! The water is still cold up North!!

    We have had a lot of rain and that means humidity. Sometimes, I wonder if I walk more than I run in my runs.

    Thanks for the honor of guest hosting. It's been so much fun discovering new bloggers.

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    1. How warm does Lake George get? The humidity will definitely make you want to walk.

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  30. We have one dog, a Border Collie, and taking him for walks along with the two kids feels like a handful sometimes! I can't imagine having three dogs but yours are SO adorable! Our dog is very well mannered but he has a tendency to step on his own leash or get wrapped up with the kids' bikes. Ha. Keeps things interesting!

    Stay cool! Our heat has nothing on your weather but I even find it hard to stay hydrated here!

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    1. I can't imagine walking my dogs with kids. One of mine likes to make circles. It's a disaster waiting to happen! LOL.

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  31. The water is the best place to be! I am looking forward to a little beach time this weekend! I ran 5 miles on Saturday morning and that last mile was ridiculous! Sweat dripping off my elbows- UGH! Hang in there my southern sister!

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    1. Yep. That elbow dripping sweat is serious stuff. UGH. Over it.

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  32. I'm glad the water is going to be warm for waterskiing! Soon!

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  33. Water skiing looks like so much fun! I have never been but would love to be on a boat at some point this summer. We don't have any pets but I think after dinner is the time to walk dogs because it is a bit cooler in the evenings for them. It has to be difficult for most dog owners here to even find a time because of the heat.

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    1. I do enjoy those boat rides too, especially when the lake is calm. Dogs can burn their feet on the asphalt when it's really hot!

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  34. Wow! That is some WARM water!! We have just one dog. I'm trying to slowly get in the habit of walking her more often. We've gotten so lazy with her over the last few years. 😥

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    1. The water is crazy warm here and will be even warmer than that some days. I go in spurts with my dogs. I'm sure they are confused. LOL.

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  35. Our weather is all over the place. Hot. Cold. Rain. Humidity. Hot. Mild. Rain then Sun. It's annoying, but normal. So very Dutch!!

    We have 4 cats (and a couple of fish). I only wanted two and then the husband begged and pleaded for a British Short Hair. Just one, he said. Then my oldest cat died (RIP Frankie, the best cat ever) and we got another BSH. Then one of our neighbours died suddenly, leaving behind 4 cats. We felt so sorry for the two that couldn't be re-homed that we took one (and one of the sisters of the neighbour took the last one). So now we have FOUR. Nightmare. I'm constantly vacuuming!! Hubby has to do the cat boxes though bwhahahaha!

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    1. I think you got the better end of the deal on the cat maintenance! It's hard to say no to an animal that needs a home.

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  36. Your doing much better than I am with your running an negative splits too! I haven't seen any runs like that quite some time!
    I know you are enjoying the college boy being home even with the new dog. It looks like Mini and Mojo get along good huh?

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    1. Mini tolerates Lucca and will even play a little bit but when she is done, she's done. Mojo doesn't like Lucca excellent Lucca is licking his ear. Weird!

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  37. I don't handle heat so much as just wilt away until fall comes. So I don't miss my southern summers at all!

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    1. The only thing I would miss is the water skiing. I can't do that any other time except summer.

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  38. 90 degree water?! That's like taking a bath. That's crazy. The weather definitely got the better of me this week and I only did 6 of my 8 miles this weekend, but thankfully today is a bit cooler and I hope it'll stay this way for at least a little while.

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    1. Would you believe it gets even hotter than that? I take advantage any time we have a slight drop it temp. It makes a difference.

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  39. Wow 90 degree water?!? That is warm! Cicada's I remember them when I lived in NJ. When I saw them occasionally dead on the sidewalk I was surprised that they were so big!! And of course their sounds were annoying!

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    1. OMG. Sometimes I see them laying in the road and I think they are dead. When I run by, they fly up. It scares me every time!

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