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Texas Heat – Geek Turned Athlete

Texas Heat

Well, it is the start of another week already. Can anyone believe we are halfway done with 2013? Wow.

I started consistently working out about 2 weeks ago when I signed up for a couple of races, and I feel the burn!! My goal was to get in 3 runs a week plus A LOT of strength training. I’m so afraid of going back to physical therapy for 5 months! lol. I’m enjoying the weights though. It is a nice change from being the cardio queen that I used to be.  On my non-running days, I usually would get in a 45 min to 1 hour walk at the dog park with the dogs…

3 Mile run w/ dogs; easy pace
Strength: Legs

Strength: Chest/Shoulders/Triceps

4 Mile Speedwork intervals

Strength: Back/Biceps


5 mile run w/ dogs; easy pace
Strength: Legs/Butt


On Saturday morning, it was particularly hard to get out of bed because of this little booger…


I pretty much forced myself to get out of bed by 8am (I used to be such a morning person. What happened?). I knew the longer I put the running off, the worse it was going to be. San Antonio has been particularly humid lately.

At 80 degrees and 100% humidity we set out for our run. The dogs were not loving the heat. I gave them water from my camelback (squirt it into their mouths without them slobbering it up so I can drink out of it), but at a mile and a half, Kai started laying down in other people’s lawns and refusing to get up.


I was covered in sweat with literally drops of sweat dripping off my nose. I could also smell myself. It was NOT good. It is amazing to me how much more a person can “marinate” in this humid weather compared to in the desert. I’m a desert girl through and through. This humidity will be the death of me!


I dropped off the dogs at the 3 mile mark and finished out the other 2 miles on my own. It was brutal. Living in Washington and Germany for the last 5 years has seriously made me a wuss in the heat. I’m hoping that with every run in the heat, my body will get used to it. For now, I’m experimenting with different electrolyte drinks before, during, and after each sweltering run.

This was Sunday. The dogs go absolutely insane when they think we are going to take them to the dog park. Well, mostly Fay does. I don’t think her previous owners socialized her so it is a treat to her EVERY time we go. Haha. We try to make her calm down before we put her harness and leash on. She is still so crazy! Then, she gets Kai all hyped up too.



Thanks again for your comments and support for my post last week regarding my health issues.  I was so nervous to post anything.  I honestly thought I was going to hear crickets, but you guys proved me wrong. 😉

Just a heads up, you only have until the end of today to enter the Silver Maple Sweepstakes!!  I love this jewelry company, and the fact that they are giving away a $100 giftcard is amazing!

How do you deal with the heat??  Give me some tips!!!  

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  • Brittany June 17, 2013, 2:51 pm

    I once lived in cold places like Germany but now that I’ve spent most of my adult life in Texas, I think you’ll get acclimated after a few weeks of summer, and maybe even start to love the humidity. It’s so great for your skin! I know the feeling of soaked-with-sweat runs. We usually run at 6 AM to beat the heat! And drink lots of water the day before; post-run/bike coconut water is very hydrating. If you’re super dehydrated on a long ride, pickles or pickle juice does the trick, and if you’re really bad coke works (but I only use it for emergencies!). Hope this helps!
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    • Nicole June 17, 2013, 4:12 pm

      You are right! I need to get my butt up earlier. 😉 I’ve been drinking the coconut water, and it has been helping for sure! Thanks for the encouragement about getting acclimated. I hope it won’t take too long. 😉


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