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!