it's hott · MN · Wanda · weather

The equator has moved.

1. Today’s (tonight’s) run: 11.1 miles in 1:45.10. I was all depressed at how slow this was (but I had a good reason, see #2) before I logged it and saw a similar run on the 7th done at the exact same pace, only 2 bpm slower, in much much MUCH better conditions. Hooray for not sucking (even though it was still hella slow).

2. The temperature was 88* with a dew point of 81* at the start. I mean really, is this a rain forest? I thought monkeys were going to jump out at me from the trees when I was running through a wooded section of the bike path.

3. It’s fun to wring out ~8 oz. of sweat from my singlet. Also fun? Being covered in tiny, disgusting gnats. The joys of running after the sun goes down: I can’t avoid those cloudy swarms that hover over the path.

4. It’s a good thing I love running so much because putting up with this weather crap wouldn’t otherwise be worth it. I mean, I really did like the running part of my run. My legs felt good, I was trying to be cognizant of my posture and form, and I do like running at night when the fireflies are out. But seriously, MN weather is trying to kill me.

5. Running at night is fun, but it’s a vicious cycle that prevents the hope of me ever running in the am. If I get done with a run at 10, that gives me only 7-8 hours before I’d have to wake up to be early enough to beat the heat. And, I have to shower, eat, and get the endorphins down before I have any chance of sleep. Last night that took until after 12. Thank god for melatonin.

6. I have to run in the morning tomorrow because I also have to run in the evening. Thankfully, it’s my only double of the week.

7. I worked out this morning at the gym of the college down the street. There is NO A/C!!! I think it’s corporeal punishment. Also, if I get annoyed in gyms with normal air circulation about people wiping down the machines after they use them, you can imagine how thrilled I am when there is a 20-min-old sweat angel on the mats because it doesn’t just evaporate when it’s this humid. Seriously, people, gross.

8. A plea to all of you: if you don’t know how to use a machine in the gym, ASK someone how to use it. There was a girl there today using the cable machines while I was on the elliptical, and I swear she is going to kill herself one day by the crazy maneuvers she was attempting with the thing. Unless I’m just completely clueless and she wants to one day be in Cirque du Soleil.

9. Apparently I’m whiny tonight. Umm… something positive… I’m trying to hit a mileage PR this week: the big 8-0 (and I’m currently restraining myself from saying something how it’s just my dumb luck that this would happen the same week it’s so effing hot here. FML).

10. Wanda made her road trip debut last weekend and brought me to and from Madison without so much as a hiccup. Her locks are all wonky, though: there are 2 keys, one for the locks and one for the ignition (I guess one is called a valet key, but why wouldn’t the valet need to both lock AND start a car?). I cannot open the trunk or the passenger side door with the key, nor can I lock the car with the key – I have to use the inside button to lock all doors and the trunk release. And, the glove compartment won’t open but I don’t have the key for it. I don’t know what to make of that and could imagine this is the kind of repair that would cost a stupid amount of money for something that probably could be done super easily if I knew WTF I was doing.

11. I think I’m getting sleepy.

11.1. Good night you crazy kids.

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