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The weather this week has been RI-DIC-U-LOUS!

It has been so hot this week that my coconut oil MELTED in my kitchen cupboard.

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week it was upwards of 95 degrees.  At a couple points it was over 100 in the sun.  It was also insanely humid.  There was no way I was running in that.  I adjusted my schedule for the week and have been relegated to the treadmill in the basement, where it never gets above 75.  I can not even begin to explain how much I love that treadmill and our super cool basement this week.

Last night I got in a 4 mile run after dinner.  It was rough running on a full stomach, but I took it easy and got the miles in.  I did 10:00/miles and enjoyed having the fan blasting right on me on high.  Ahhhhh…

Tonight I did another post-dinner run.  Another 4 miles but this time I was feeling a little less full and did 9:45/mile.  Again with the fan blasting on high.  Sweeeeeeetness.  I love that treadmill.  I’m sure it will come in handy several times this summer.

Tomorrow it should be better out and I’ll be able to get back outside for my remaining 4 miler and my long run (12 miles).  There was just no way I was going to be running outside in this heat and humidity.  I’d probably end up passed out in somebody’s yard and have no idea where I was when I woke up.

I can’t wait to be back outside again!

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I survived!

(my husband’s evening)

No, not fireworks.  The dogs!

I’ve been worried about how the dogs would do hearing fireworks.  Jade can sometimes be weird with noises, and this was our first 4th of July with Rocket.  Last night (the 3rd), some people were already setting some off, and Rocket was going nuts (and thus making Jade nuts too).  So I began to devise a plan…

This afternoon I called my friend (hi Carrie!) and the two of us took the dogs hiking up a mountain to make them so completely exhausted that they wouldn’t care when they heard the fireworks.  (I didn’t take any pictures because my camera was buried in my backpack and I didn’t feel like digging it out.  I’ll go hiking again – often – I promise!)  We’re very fortunate to live so close to the Adirondacks.  There’s so many great mountains to hike!

One of many gorgeous views!

We didn’t go all the way to the top (probably about 2/3 of the way) because it was 95 out today and I didn’t want the dogs to get overheated and not be able to make it back down safely.  So after they seemed good and tired, we turned around and headed back down.

We then went home and the dogs slept from 5pm to 9pm.  The woke up when the fireworks started, but only gave a couple halfhearted barks and then settled back down.  Once the fireworks were done, they fell back asleep…

He looks so peaceful and innocent when he’s passed out.

VICTORY IS MINE!

On a running-related note, I got my 10 mile run in this morning!  It was already warm when I went out at 8:30am and by the time I was done I felt like I was melting!  I tooled around the neighborhood and then ran through the park for a bit and then headed back home.  I love my Garmin so much – I often find myself doing out-and-back routes now and just running wherever the wind takes me.  It’s very freeing!

As for the knee, so far so good!

I hope you had an excellent day!

Today was a good day!

This morning I needed to get my run in before it got hot.  I’ve also realized that if I don’t run first thing when I get up, I just won’t do it that day.  Who knew I was a morning runner?

On top of that, I needed to get to the farmers market to pick up my crop share.  So I decided to combine the two.  I packed a cooler with some ice packs and got dressed for my run.  Then I loaded the cooler into the car and headed off to the market.

Our farmers stand – We thought the guy in the blue all the way to the right would be perfect for my best friend.  A couple weeks ago I asked if he had a girlfriend.  He did.  Bummer.

I love our farmers market.  It’s a great size and fun to just wander around.

So I loaded all my food into the cooler and stuck it in the trunk of my car in the middle of downtown.  Then I took off for my run.  It was so nice to run around downtown!  There’s so many pretty and interesting sights.  It’s a great little city.

I really wanted to run right through that.

Horse drawn carriage rides through the park.

Duck pond in the park.

One of the many painted horses around town.

I tooled around town for a while and when I got near 4 miles I headed back in the direction of my car.  My run ended up being 4.1 miles.  I LOVE having my Garmin.  It’s so nice to be able to just run wherever I feel like going without having to worry about how far I’ve gone or sticking to a predetermined route.

After I got home and showered, it was time for my standard post-run green monster. Today I added a new ingredient!

My friend got this from a friend of hers who was moving and cleaning out her cupboards.  She wasn’t going to use it, so I got it.  Score!  (and thanks Mer!)

How gorgeous is that color?  YUM!

I love having a green monster after my runs in the morning.  They’re delicious, refreshing, and energizing.  If you haven’t tried one yet, go grab your blender and go nuts!

In the afternoon I went to visit my mom at her rental house and get some lunch in town.

Veggie Bruschetta.  YUM.  I’m going to have to try to make this myself sometime.

From what I can remember, it was roasted red peppers, portabella mushrooms, and zucchini with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

We also stopped by my mom’s friend’s house to pick up some herbs.  Her garden is a little overgrown and she wanted to get rid of some stuff.  Handy!

Oregano and three kinds of basil

Thyme and parsley

She also gave me a bunch of catnip – which I gave to my friend who actually has cats.

Now I get to hang out at home for the rest of the night and be on dog duty.  Jade can sometimes be weird with noises – which can cause problems with fireworks.  This is also our first fourth of July weekend with Rocket so I don’t really know how he’s going to be.  Although, seeing as somebody just set off a couple firecrackers a few minutes ago and he FREAKED OUT, I’m thinking it might be a long weekend.

I hope you have an excellent weekend!

I am extremely proud of myself for sticking to my training plan while I was in Florida.  Normally, this type of trip would have completely thrown me off and now I would be struggling to get back on track, which would inevitably take weeks.

Here’s the recap…

  • Monday (the 21st) – traveling and adjusting to the ridiculous humidity (yuck)
  • Tuesday – 4.08 miles in 42:45 (10:28/mile).  I wasn’t worrying about my speed at all.  I just wanted to run and enjoy it and get used to the heat and humidity.  It was nice to run around my parents neighborhood and enjoy the change of scenery.  It was also nice to run through all the sprinklers.  Even if the water did stink.  The first mile was the first run in the Vibrams.  I definitely liked them!
  • Wednesday – 2.7 miles in 29:04 (10:47/mile) – The sprinklers weren’t on and I was DYING.  Decided to cut the planned 4 mile run a little short and avoid passing out somewhere in the neighborhood.  The first mile was once again in the Vibrams.  They make your calves and feet tired, but in a good way.  It’s definitely making me pay attention to my stride and use different muscles.
  • Thursday – No run.  I did, however, walk ALL OVER Universal Studios and the Harry Potter park.  Hooray!
  • Friday – No run.  I was still extremely sore from all the walking.
  • Saturday – 2 miles on the treadmill in the fitness center.  I could not believe how awful it felt to run inside.  Even though the place was air conditioned, the humidity was stifling and I had to shorten my run a bit.
  • Sunday – 8.48 miles in 1:35:30 (11:15/mile).  I took the walking trail down the main road in town until it ran out and then turned around and came back.  It was supposed to be a 9 mile run, but the trail ran out at 4.25 miles (so close!) and there were no shady routes from there.  So I figured I’d just turn back and enjoy the rest of the run.

Not perfect, but way better than I anticipated.  My mileage is really low at the moment because I’m basically starting from scratch.  I want to increase my mileage slowly to avoid repeating my knee problems.  So far, so good!

The other thing I’ve been doing to help with the knee is biking.  It seems to be working!  Plus it’s fun, and exhausting.

Thanks to my warranty, Best Buy checked everything out and determined that the hardware was all fine.  I had originally tried to reformat it, but didn’t have any CD.  They explained that Toshiba builds the reformatting software right into the computer so you don’t need a CD (convenient).  Just turn it on and press “0” (that’s a zero) when it’s starting up and you’re off and reformatting.

So instead of paying them $130 (yep, you read that right) for them to do something that I could do myself, I took it home and reformatted it last night.

And it works!!!

Last night and tonight have been reformatting/setup nights.  I’ve got all my files back on the computer – minus some old ones that can now live solely on my external hard drive.  Now it’s just getting my iTunes all situated again.  I have all my playlists and settings saved, but it needs to re-import all the files.  And I have a LOT.

My suggestion – if you don’t have an external hard drive, go get one.  NOW.  And when you do, IMMEDIATELY go home and back up everything on all your computers.  You won’t be sorry.

Another good example – the last time a computer of mine died, I had bought my external hard drive and backed up every file the NIGHT BEFORE.  How’s that for timing???

Now that my laptop is on her second life, I think she needs a name.  It has to be something with a T, since it’s a Toshiba (that’s how we do it in our family – I had Tina the Tempo and Alex the Aerio for my cars).  Any ideas?

Need to contact me?

geonerdette at gmail dot com

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