Sunday, September 16, 2018

Summer Continues (WW # 163)




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As usual, Monday had me reminiscing about my favorite summertime activity and taking a rest day [mmm...OK, two] to recover from said favorite activity.  The skiing Sunday evening was some of the best this year and I skied several times for countless miles until I could simply no longer hold on. Plus, the sun was setting.  If you're curious, my hands always give out first.  And -- TMI alert -- they are often bleeding inside my padded gloves when I finish.  A hand model I will never be.

The best way to end a Sunday evening!


For risk of sounding like a broken record... IT'S SO HOT!  I'm trying really hard not to sound whiny here.  But, the heat indexes were over 100 every day this week.  And, it will not be any different this coming week.  I managed to get out for three runs totaling 12.8 miles...not quite what I had in mind.  I planned for Sunday's longer run to be at least seven miles.  Unfortunately, the heat and humidity had my crying "uncle" by mile three.  I just didn't have it in me to continue and did not document the short run with a picture.  

The only thing fall-like about Wednesday's run
 was my pumpkin colored tank tap.


Thankfully I felt good about Saturday's bike ride.  I rode 27.5 miles non-stop in this stupid heat on my extra hilly route and was able to maintain a speed of 14.1 mph.  If you could see my hills, you'd know why I'm proud of this number.  My heart rate averaged 156 for the nearly two hour effort.  All in all, a fantastic cross training workout.  


What's that stuck in my top, you ask?
That would be an OFF insect repellent wipe.

I did two pre-hab routines this week.  I'm hoping when cooler air finally arrives, I'll be in good shape to start training for something.  At this point, I don't really have the desire to run any race of any distance.  Surely that will change with the weather?  Only time will tell.

Sunday afternoon will be spent on the lake where I'll ski in water that is 92-23 degrees, maybe even hotter.  It's my reward for slogging through another sweltering week.  Pretty, smooth hands be damned.


And that's a wrap!

Tell me, what was the highlight of your week?



64 comments:

  1. Glad you got a lot of lake time in. This summer was not a good one for boating and water sports for us

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    1. We've had a few times the lake was rainy or choppy, but thankfully most weekends were very nice...especially at sunset.

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  2. I feel ya sister! But my new gloves are a dream. I'll bring them next year...

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    1. My gloves are actually very good, but you know I'm going to ski until I can't -- no matter what. LOL. Let's retire and ski ALL THE TIME!

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  3. I hope you had fun today. Today was the first I ran after my 6 miler on Tuesday because it's been so hot at home. I just didn't want to run on Thursday.

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    1. Honestly, some days I just don't have it in me. Others, I slog through anyway.

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  4. That heat sounds miserable. It's been so humid here this week (100% every day). Today when the humidity dropped to 93% it felt down right amazing! LOL

    Thanks for the linkup!

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    1. It's amazing how a small decrease in the humidity makes a world of difference.

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  5. Yay for time on the lake! This freaking humidity is just getting so old - where is fall?!

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    1. Fall shows up around here around the week of Thanksgiving. Our overnight temps are still just so abnormally high.

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  6. Even up here the heat was miserable today. I am hoping it cools down for my next race, but if not, then the one after that. :) Don't know what I'd do if I lived down south. You don't at all sound whiny.

    I'm sure your running mojo will come back when it cools off!

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    1. My running mojo has been missing for such a long time, I'm not sure if it will return with cooler weather. I hope it does.

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  7. Your poor hands. Would different gloves help?
    I feel you on wanting to train when it's cooler. I'm equal parts excited for and nervous about a 10M in two weeks. Congrats on the amazing ride

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    1. Oh, don't feel bad. My hands don't hurt! I've tried all kinds of gloves and the pair I have now are quite good. When the conditions are ideal, I will always ski until I can't hold on any longer. I'm talking several hours(cumulatively).

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  8. I am so over this heat and humidity! And I'm jealous - I don't have a lake to go jump in! (although, I probably still wouldn't because .... well, fish, kelp, etc. ick. I can't do it.) I hear rumor the weather is supposed to be beautiful for my race in a month but .... I'll believe it when I see it. Pretty sure I'm never training for anything in the summer again.

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    1. I question how I managed to train for the Chicago Marathon two different summers. I'm so glad I'm not this year.

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  9. Wow, that is still super hot! I hope you got that lake time in! I felt a cool breeze on my bike, but it didn't last.

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    1. Unfortunately, my bike breezes were all very hot. That's why I refused to stop for a break. I knew I would quit.

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  10. Wow that sounds steamy- we got up to 80s thisnweekend but it was only in the 70s during the 5k I did this weekend. Wtg on a good ride! And sorry about your hands, ouxh!

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    1. With the triple heat indexes continuing this week, I'm not sure I'll run very much. I hope to be on the lake though!

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  11. Sorry about the heat - ugh. It was enough even here to make my friend Ruth's race on Sunday really hard after she'd trained up really well for it. Am I going to whisper that you don't HAVE to be training for anything at all? I'm so enjoying not training for a race, although I do have a decision to make about an ultra soon ... Wishing you cooler temps next week!

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    1. You're so right, I don't have to train for anything! It's just been part of who I am for so long that it feels odd (I ran 17 half marathons in 2014). I probably need to work on my mindset. LOL.

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  12. I was talking with the Garmin rep tonight and we agreed we thought September is the hottest month...I mean this morning the air was so thick you could cut it with a knife. It felt more humid this weekend then it has all summer! I'm with you...totally sick of it and ready for it to seriously cool down.

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    1. I do think it is worse right now than all summer. This is the stuff you expect in July and August. Not now! Kudos for you training in this muck. I know you have it worse than me!

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  13. It has been a hot summer and it seems like it's going to continue for awhile. It cooled off here but now the heat and humidity are building back. I don't blame you one bit for not wanting to slog through it. I kind of love that you will water ski until your hands bleed. That's hardcore!

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    1. Well...something has got to make me stop. It might as well be my hands. The blood just comes to the surface where my permanent calluses/blisters live. They don't gush - that would be gross! LOL.

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  14. the highlight of my week was volunteering at our running club's race. it was fun hanging our with friends and helping out

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    1. That does sound like fun. It's always interesting to see how things work behinds the scenes too.

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  15. It's been hot here too...especially for us. It's very odd to be in the upper 80s with high humidity in mid September. I'm sure it will change quickly so live it up while we can. And when I say live it up I mean enjoy tanks and shorts as much as we can!

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    1. Oh, no worries. I'll still be doing that for months. LOL.

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  16. It's crazy how hot it still is in so many places. Good for outdoor activities (especially on the water), not so good for running. Nice job getting out there- hopefully it will start to cool off soon!

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    1. Yes, the weather had been ideal for water activities. That's my only saving grace right now.

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  17. Wow, I haven't water skied for about 28 years! Reading this makes me want to try again although I don't know if I could last until my hands bled. Great job getting your workouts in even with this crazy heat! Fall is just around the corner. :)
    ~Laura

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    1. Water skiing is the one activity I've stuck to all my life. I'm sure you could ski again! It's just like riding a bike...

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  18. I'm so sorry that it's still so hot there! I keep hoping that the South will get a break from the heat and humidity soon.

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    1. I've got my fingers crossed too. And toes...

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  19. The heat and humidity was so bad that I chafed myself raw. That's how wet my shorts were at the end of my long(ish) run on Saturday. Ugh!

    Love that you were able to get in such a nice bike ride!

    Highlight of the week? Mmmmm... Probably all three of my football teams winning! Honestly, it was a really tough week and I could use a break.

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    1. Our football team won too! That always makes for a fun weekend.

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  20. I'm with you! I'm so over the summer heat! It's only going to be in the low 80s here today, but the leftover weather from Florence still has the humidity oppressively high. I'm hoping things will start to normalize later this afternoon so I can go out and run a little.

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    1. I bet Florence did leave some thick humidity in her wake. I hope she clears out soon!

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  21. The water skiing photo is beautiful! I'm glad that's providing some relief from the heat. We've had some cooler temperatures here recently but still with the high humidity.

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    1. I enjoy capturing pictures of the different light on the lake. It's always changing and so pretty.

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  22. Appropriate post title.. where is fall? Hoping it's around the corner!

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  23. Man, you are a serious water skier! I am not ready to let go of summer yet!

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    1. It's just something I've enjoyed since I was a child. The hands don't hurt -- it's just part of the sport.

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  24. That heat just won’t give you a break! We have mostly moved on to Fall weather in northern MN. Except yesterday... a high of 93 and then today, a high of 57!??? What the what?!

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    1. It's like this every year! I just think I'm not handling it well this year. LOL.

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  25. You are such a trooper, Holly Dear ;-) Gosh, having never water skied (and probably never will LOL), I had no idea you wore gloves for that sport. You must have quite a grip to get blisters through the gloves!

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    1. You could probably water ski on two skis without gloves. I did as a child. But not slalom. It's very different -- a huge strain on the upper body.

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  26. Wow that heat sounds intense...Do you think people ever really grow accustomed to it? Do you think you're better at it than those in colder climates? Just curious, as I coach a couple of Atlanta runners and they both said it never gets easier!!!

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    1. I've certainly never grown accustomed to running in it. I think your Atlanta runners are correct! We just slog through until those dew points start to ease up in the Fall.

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  27. It is still so hot here. I was hoping for some fall weather, but nope. Still in the 90s with 100% humidity and 78 dew points. It actually felt better in Florida than it does here. Go figure.

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    1. Sometimes when we are on the FL panhandle, I think it feels better there than it does here too. I think that Gulf breeze helps a lot.

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  28. I certainly had some short runs this past week where I "forgot" to take a picture...or I was just to lazy. I too hope the heat is on it's way out...

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    1. Ha ha! We are living proof that runs can happen without photo documentation or social media posting.

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  29. I guess I shouldn't complain about our humidity in Philly, at least we don't have that awful heat on top of it! I didn't realize that your hands are impacted by waterskiing - duh! My highlight from last week was visiting Austin, it was so much fun!

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    1. Yes, the hands take the brunt of the force. I love Austin. I had a relative there for a while and I visited a couple of times.

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  30. That IS so hot! I can certainly see why you'd rather water ski than run. Hope you get some fall weather (relatively speaking...) soon.

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    1. I don't think I'd ever get tired of water skiing. But, maybe that's because there's only a short time available to enjoy it each year.

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  31. Wow! I can't believe it's still hot there. Hope it cools down soon. The mornings here are cooler. Great job getting in what you could!

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    1. I hope our mornings will be cooler soon. It will stay warm here during the day for a long time.

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  32. That heat sounds miserable! At least you can enjoy being on the water, even if running is rough. The highlight of my week was visiting NW Indiana. Even though it's warmer than Seattle, it feels cooler because the humidity is lower.

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    1. Humidity makes all the difference in the world!

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