Friday, June 20, 2014

Snakes, Poison Ivy & Humidity



Today I hopped over a snake while I was doing hill work during my 5 mile run. After I jumped over what I thought was a stick, I looked back to see what it was because sticks aren't usually squiggly like snakes and sure enough, it was a snake! What scared me more than the snake is that I didn't see it before I jumped over it even though today I was on "high snake alert".

That's because yesterday I saw another copperhead snake just like the one I saw in April. Last week, I saw another snake slither out of the grass onto my running path. At least that snake and the one I saw today probably weren't venomous like a copperhead.

Links: Poison Ivy, Dumbbells and Humidity

Ivy X Pre-contact Spray - I don't know if it works, but you use this spray before you go near poison ivy. It smells like soap, which is much nicer than all of the other poison ivy lotions and sprays I've used in the last few weeks after finding out that I'm very allergic to poison ivy. After my last poison ivy post, I worsened and started antibiotics which seem to have helped so that once again I can write that I think I'm almost well again!

Dumbbell Circuit (Fit Sugar) - This workout tired my arms today. I got in two sessions of strength training this week that included this workout and push-ups.

Ask Coach Mario: Should I adjust for humidity? I adjust my daily running goals depending on how I feel when I'm running. Every summer I wonder if it's my age that's slowing me down, and it could be, but I'll probably see a faster paces when it gets cooler. At least that's what I tell myself!

It's hot and humid and there are snakes out there, but I still wouldn't trade it for a safe treadmill run. Besides the snake, today I saw a family of woodpeckers fly from tree to tree and a huge turtle - just so you don't think that all we have in Texas is snakes!

27 comments:

  1. Glad to hear you are feeling better Tina! Allergies can be pretty scary. I can't believe you jumped over a snake. I would have probably freaked out!

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    1. I did that when I realized what I had done!

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  2. I would totally hop over a stick and then turn back and be like "wait a minute..." Earlier this week, while I was driving at work, I ran over a snake. I drove around a blind curve on a country road, and he was out in the road sunning himself. There was a car coming the other way and I couldn't react fast enough to keep from running over him :( I hate when stuff like that happens.

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  3. You are the 2nd person just recently who found out they are allergic to poison ivy - glad you are doing better. Snakes aren't as common here but in all my years running in west TX, I encounter many snakes (usually rattle snakes).

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    1. Fortunately, so far I've only seen rattlers when we hiked in other states and never during a run when I was alone.

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  4. The humidity zaps the strength right out of me for sure. And if the sun touches me it's even worse!! YIKES about the snakes. Must be a snaky year. I'm sure you will be on super high alert now!!

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    1. We moved into the house we live in at the beginning of last year and I think I saw one dead snake, but so far this year I've seen three live snakes and one dead one and we're only halfway through the year!

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  5. I wonder if it's bad luck to have a snake cross your path (similar to black cats??) hahahah. Actually, I had to avoid a snake today as well, but I was on my bike.

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    1. I'd much rather be on my bike, but watch out for tree branches when you ride. I'm more likely to brush against those on my bike and after I hopped over the snake, it slithered over to a tree and went up the trunk.

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  6. Eek to the snakes! With my recent move from Australia to England, I am rather hoping snakes are less of a concern here - there were certain areas of grass I wouldn't run in summer out of a fear of snakes hiding in them. I'm glad you leapt over that 'stick'!

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    1. Oh, I'm really glad I hopped over it instead of stepping on it, too! How fun to move to new places like you are!

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  7. Oh my ... the snakes thing would freak me out too. I still get nervous with dogs, but fortunately don't have snakes here to worry about. Sorry you are battling the poison ivy :( I've been battling some strange chafing issue that mostly has cleared up, but it took weeks and weeks. I'm thinking I should have gone to the doctor on this one. *sigh* ... runnerproblems My runs are always slower in the humid months too, I think it's normal :)

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    1. It's always so hard to know how soon to visit the doctor, but the next time I have a brush with poison ivy I'll make an appt asap.

      The humidity drains the energy right out of me!

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  8. Sounds like an exciting run. I know Texas doesn't JUST have snakes. They have big tarantulas (spelling??), scorpions (some of those are HUGE), asps - nasty little things... and a lot of dead armadillos that really reek when they are "legs up" in the road. We used to live in Wyle, TX so I've had first hand experience. But I think you get used to all that stuff so it wouldn't stop a good morning run.

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    1. I'm glad I haven't seen a tarantula yet, but I'm pretty sure I saw a scorpion when I visited Palo Duro Canyon last June (loved that trip! see my Travels page if you want to see photos) and I get to see live armadillos in the park where I run every once in a while, which is always fun. I'll have to look Wyle up on the map!

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  9. You are much braver than I. I would be going for the TM. Good for you for not letting it stop you.

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    1. I didn't feel very brave today, but I wanted to run in the woods so much that I took my chances. I didn't mind that the only nature I saw were deer prints in the mud.

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  10. Oh my, you are braver than I am! I don't even think I'm going to run outside at all until it cools off. Last summer I saw so many snakes that I was scared to run outdoors at all. I just don't do snakes!

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    1. I understand! Today I ran on the same trails where I saw the last two snakes and I was a little uncomfortable. All of the sticks looked like possible snakes!

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  11. Snakes! Yikes. When I lived in AZ I saw a rattle snake on a run once but it was far enough away that it wasn't too worrisome. Now I'm in NH and have seen black bears on my runs...that's scary.

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    1. Black bears? I'd probably have to only be a road runner if I lived in NH!

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  12. I hate snakes...can't even really look at them on tv. It's been my big fear on the trails but so far, I haven't seen any....yikes. Up here most of them are not poisonous either and they still freak me out!

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    1. I wish the copperhead snakes weren't venomous because I've seen too many of them! I'm happy to report that I only saw an armadillo on today's run. Much better!

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  13. I don't know how you deal with all those snake sightings so calmly. I would go into panic mode lol!

    Glad to hear you are on the mend after that poison ivy outbreak!

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  14. I hear you about humidity slowing you down. I am a over 40 runner w/a slow thyroid and I tend to overheat fairly easy. I am hopeful that this Fall maybe some of my speedier paces will return :) Snakes...ewww. You are brave :)

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  15. You are my hero for running around snakes - it would freak me out!!!

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