the mile report

tales of a running grad student

Humidity, happy dog, and workouts


Hi there!  It’s pouring outside, so I’m using this time to blog instead of run (let’s be real, I’d get just as wet without the rain because it’s so humid out).  What I really should be using this time for is packing–I’m moving to Cleveland tomorrow and have some major piling and sorting and tetris-ing of my stuff to do.  Um, I’ll get to that soon.

Does anyone have good tips for running in the humidity?  I haven’t felt good on a run for the past 3 weeks or more (yesterday I had to stop twice during a slow 6-miler because I felt like I was breathing through a wet paper towel), so I’m feeling a little apprehensive for the 10-mile race on Sunday.  Unless the humidity lets up or race day magic does its thing, it might be an interesting morning.  Two rounds of the 5-mile race that Ryan and I ran 3 weeks ago sounds like torture and the worst thing ever.  …Except for maybe staining the deck in 90-degree cloudless and breezeless weather, which we did on Sunday (albeit no bee stings or sunburns!)  Ryan gladly offered to help (thanks, Ryan!), so he + my dad + me + my brother knocked out the deck in 5 hours.  I’m just banking on the 10-miler to be a few hours shorter than that.

Aside from staining the deck, we hosted a houseful of people over the weekend.  Ryan was here, and my dad had 4 friends over for their annual golf weekend (they’ve kept in touch since high school, which is really cool!).  Here are the only two pictures I took over the weekend…

Laura, Ryan, Greg, Greg’s girlfriend, and I walked over to a festival held by a local church.  They really do it up with rides, games, food, and music.  We didn’t ride, play, or eat anything, but it was nice to walk around the festive atmosphere.


Summer carnival at a local church

And here is the second pic.  Ryan and I were driving down my street and wondered “Why is that man walking down the street cuddling a dog? …[drive closer]… Why is my dad walking down the street cuddling a dog?” Apparently he found this dog at our house, so he carried it back to its own home.  Look how happy they both look.  Instant BFFs.

dad and dog

Dad and some random dog…loving life

And just to add a bit of athleticism to this running blog, here’s the past 2.5 weeks of workouts that I never got around to logging, whoops.

Mon (6/1): Garage circuit: 3 x (run 1 mile + strength circuit).  Strength= push ups, curls, tri dips, mountain climbers, rows, shoulder press, front raises, reverse lunges, squats, deadlifts.
Tues (6/2): 12 miles @ 8:17 avg pace.  I drove to a nearby paved trail because I wanted a flat route.  It was 3 miles long, so I ran it twice and drank water at mile 6.
Wed (6/3): Garage circuit: 3 x (run 1 mile + strength circuit). Strength= squat + press, squat jumps, up-down planks, knee-to-elbow push ups, reverse lunges, lunge jumps, mountain climbers, tri push ups, side lunges.
Thurs (6/4): 6 miles @ 8:50 avg pace.  I was super sore from Wednesday’s strength workout (I think it was the side lunges?)
Fri (6/5): 6 miles @ 8:30 avg pace. Still sore from Wednesday.
Sat (6/6): 6.5 miles with miles 3-5 @ 7:44 pace.  Still sore from Wednesday.  Tried to do a tempo run but my legs wouldn’t go any faster.
Sun (6/7): 7 miles @ 8:25 avg. Sprinted first quarter-mile of miles 3-7.

Mon (6/8): Rest
Tues (6/9): 7 miles @ 8:34 avg
Wed (6/10): 2 miles warm up , 3 x 1 mile (@6:59, 7:06, 7:22), 2 miles cool down.  Felt good for the first repeat, really slowed down for the next two.
Thurs (6/11): 6 miles @ 8:50 avg
Fri (6/12): 6.5 miles with 6 x hill sprints in the middle
Sat (6/13): 2 miles + strength (legs, arms, abs) @ YMCA
Sun (6/14): 3 miles @ 8:30 avg with Ryan

Mon (6/15): Rest
Tues (6/16): 6 miles @ 8:41 avg.  (stopped twice and stopped my watch)

Have you ever been stung by a bee?  Where?
Do you have a dog?


  1. Good luck with your move to Cleveland!

    I’ve been stung by a bee twice, but once was when I was really little so I don’t remember it. The other time was a few years ago. My parents have 2 dogs, but I don’t own one — yet! I’m waiting to buy a house with a yard. At that point, I’m DEFINITELY rescuing a dog 🙂

  2. You’re weeks look killer! I am super impressed with your workouts especially if you’re dealing with humidity!

    Every though I grew up in Florida and live in NC, unfortunately my only tip for humidity is to lower you’re expectations (man that sounds bad) I don’t deal with humidity and heat well so I just have to accept that long and it super fast runs won’t happen in the summer for me

  3. HAHAHA so adorable! Your fam is the best!!

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