Hot and Muggy Run

It was a hot and muggy day, but I went out and got it done regardless. Starting with 90 push ups, I was surprised that I was able to get them done considering the beating my shoulder took this weekend from my new rifle, the Springfield M1A. There was the slightest soreness on the first push up, but for the remaining 89, I didn’t feel a thing! After knocking out the push ups, I hit the pavement.

Normally, when I start running, I already have a plan for which route I will take, whether it’s laps around the lake or a neighborhood run. This time, I didn’t really know what I was going to do, but the sun dictated it for me once I got started; it was going to be a neighborhood run. I choose neighborhood runs on sunny and hot days because the neighborhood behind my house is older and has large trees alongside the road which provides shade for me to run under. This is crucial to keep me from getting overheated.

Even with the trees, however, each mile got harder and harder due to the heat. My first mile was at a 9:16/mile pace, while the second mile was a 10:09/mile pace finishing up with an 11:10/mile pace for the third and final mile which gave me a 10:11/mile average overall. Not the worst time, but definitely not my best. Whenever it’s really hot like it was today, however, these are pretty standard times for me. I try not to push myself too hard in the heat for fear of getting heat exhaustion or worse, heat stroke. The last thing I want to do is die on a run.

So, I’ll take it. I’m glad I got out there, I’m glad I got it done, and now, I feel much better. Oddly enough, after the run, and after cooling down in a shower, I feel refreshed and ready to take on the world. 

Three Days Without a Run

It’s been three days since I ran last. My schedule got a little messed up over the Holiday weeks, and it put me on a strange schedule. On Saturday, which would have been my third run of last week, I went shooting with friends and was out in the wilderness and on my feet for the entire day, so I figured I got some exercise.

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Me shooting my Springfield M1A that was given to me by my wife and friends the previous week.

The main reason we went out to shoot was because Sherry and my friends chipped in and got me a rifle I’ve wanted since I was a kid: the Springfield M1A. That’s the rifle I’m shooting in the photo above. I also didn’t have it held to my shoulder properly and bruised it. That was a primary factor in me not running on Sunday because I didn’t want to aggravate my shoulder doing push ups. What does push ups have to do with running, you’re wondering. Well, that’s my work out, and if I can’t do one, I rest the other.

Needless to say, I’ll be running today weather permitting. I have a short errand to run after work, but that shouldn’t get in the way of my run. Only heavy rain will do that, and I don’t see us having a lot of rain for a long duration tonight. A shower? Maybe, but they are over soon enough.