Summer Running


Photo Courtesy of “Healthy is the way to Go”

I’ve been trying so hard. I almost fainted yesterday when running, after only about 4 miles. I think I had some sort of heat exhaustion… in 85F. Awesome. A group of us were running on the boardwalk, and I started to see my vision go blurry and I COULD NOT BREATH. I was seriously gasping for air. Thank you humidity.

The reason I’m sharing this is because I had coffee with a friend (actually a grande, extra hot 1/2 sweet white mocha. Thank you Starbucks!), and she told me she’s been having trouble running in this weather they call summer. Heat index of about 105F and 99% humidity (I made those numbers up, but it feels like whatever that is).

A bit of background on me: I grew up in Canada. A 90F day is celebrated by everyone taking off the day and going to the lake. Or bridge jumping. We act like we’re dying of heat. We have about 6 days of that per year.

Back to this weather they call summer in Virginia. And how to run in it? We’re thinking of restructuring our summer goals, and for me that means to scaling back to running about 2 miles every day, instead of running 3 or 4 miles every other day. That way I’m still staying fit (so I can still go to the beach) but I’m not experiencing heat exhaustion.

And when the weather drops to 65F, I will cry with joy and go on a 10 mile run.

How do you run in the summer (please don’t say treadmill!)? How do you survive the heat?


living in the moment.

Life of a student

wanna be running. sleeping. anything. Doing algebra. (bag of frozen stir-fry with rice. a 15 min meal while writing blog

Here’s another whiny post about my summer classes. I pushed all my horrible classes (like algebra and biology) until the veeeeery end of my college career so when I failed miserably struggled with the classes, I wouldn’t lose my scholarships due to a declining GPA.

Now it’s nearing the end of my college career (YAAAAAY!!!) but I still have to do the dreaded courses (BOOOOO!!!). I know. that was really mature.


I haven’t cried for hours over them yet this week, so we’re in great form (but it’s only Tuesday).

BUT I’ve decided to create lists of things that I’m thankful for each day in order to try and stay positive… since being grateful is a much healthier way to live.

76. Finished week one of math (out of eight), did terrible. Will never have to take this class again!

77. Good morning rain. Always feel so calm when I hear it raining ❤

78. Free coffee last night at starbucks (grande 1/2 sweet, extra hot, no whip, white mocha). I love my barista!

I’m reading through the book “One Thousand Gifts” by Anne Voskamp with a couple girls, and she talks about being able to life fully, no matter where you are. So I’m taking the challenge and going to try recording 1000 gifts over the course of the next six months. I’m hoping it will make me into more of a grateful person, if I’m constantly looking for 5-6 things per day to add to my list! I’ve really enjoyed the book, and would highly suggest it to my readers. She even lets us read the first chapter free over at her website… if you’re interested 🙂

Let me know what you think!

What are you guys grateful for? Even when life is rough/not ideal, I can always find a few things I can be thankful for 🙂

Skinny Dip


I’m taking some pretty rough classes this summer, and wish I woulda been smart enough to take the summer off. I’m really burnt out as far as school/writing/thinking/saying smart things is concerned, so don’t expect a lot. The only thing that is keeping my sane is my wonderful husband and running!

Sunday morning, before heading out for church I did a wonderful 5 mile run, which is the farthest I’ve run since my 1/2 marathon. When I’m running, I feel like I can do anything. I’m motivated. I feel disciplined. I feel strong.

My school doesn’t make me feel that way right now. So to help me cope, I’ve been eat a lot of chocolate. And drinking hot chocolate.

And skinny dip.

Went to skinny dip. Stalked puppies

On SATURDAY we took Nalla (my friends puppy. We don’t have one. yet.) to skinny dip, and after talking to a staff there who fell in love with Nalla and wanted to talk to her, shake her hand, and just hang out in the general cute puppy vicinity, she informed us that they sell little ‘doggy dips’.

You are kidding me, right?

Nope. I’ve never seen Nalla get so excited! She started chewing that ice cream… it was so cute! Awwww! This diversion was definitely worth skipping an hour of crying-over-algebra-textbooks studying.

Back from Vacation!


Just came back from the best vacation ever! Tyler’s family is much more relaxed on vacation than my family was, so it was an adjustment… and I had to FORCE myself to slow down! We didn’t even have Internet.  Even though it was more relaxed than what my family does, we still did a lot of stuff, and kayaking was one of them! We went twice last week, and I got stuck a couple times because the water was so low– AND I almost died getting stuck over a water fall with rocks jutting out at the bottom! Don’t worry; we only had class 1 rapids on the first two miles, and the rest was pretty calm. 🙂

Since we were nestled in the mountains in the middle of nowhere, there were plenty of hills to train on. Not that I’m actually training for anything right now, but I can pretend. 🙂  I was seriously sore every day that I ran. I did a couple four-mile runs, but on those mountain trails, it felt like twice that! It was so awesome to run on such gorgeous trails.Williamsburg Run for the Dream

I did terrible on not eating sugar during our trip, and I’m going to have to pay for it for a couple days. So back to the strict diet from here on in! 🙂 How are your summer fitness goals coming along? What do you find the hardest to maintain during the warmer months?

Summer Vacation!


Quick post today… cuz I’m on vacation this week with the family, and my new diet hasn’t been going so well. The white flour is easy, it’s the sugar that’s killing me! But I’ve been running consistently, which is even a surprise to me 🙂 I guess most people take time off from running when they are on vacation, but I finally have the time to do it!

Check out the great view I had today as I read my books and slept in the sun 🙂 It’s been a wonderful week so far, and I’m looking forward to kayaking tomorrow!