I have a full on eco-system going on in the backyard. On a regular basis I catch a new pest or two.
This guy (or those like him) have been hanging around for a while now. They pretty much set up webs anywhere they want to in the yard. This spinybacked orbweaver claims to be beneficial so I won’t destroy its home unless it is directly in my way.
My first distance race of the season is complete. I completed the miracle miles 15k for the second year in a row. It looks like my pre-race meal worked out for me.
We ended up having a beautiful and cooler fall morning here in Orlando. It was still hot but not blistering like in years past. It got a bit tough running sometimes in the sun but I was rewarded with cool winds and shady trees. Miles 1 and 2 were run at too fast a pace. It could’ve backfired on me but luckily I had energy to complete the race. Things started to get a bit challenging at mile 4 but by the time I got to mile 5 I got another energy boost. It wasn’t until around mile 8 that my energy stores were depleted. Mind over matter I kept at it. A last boost at the end made me complete the race in just a bit over 2 hours. If I keep up this time improvement, I am on track to meet or beat my best half-marathon time.
I still haven’t found a way to beat the post race headache (or migraine as I call them). I think they are a stress headache related to repeated movements from the race. They cause the same result as my regular migraines though. I am not sure how to prevent them; I tried hard to relax my shoulders and stretch my neck and shoulders during walking breaks. If anyone has any suggestions for these I would love to hear.
Last Saturday’s race was not even going to happen. It is too hot out. I don’t want to run in the heat. I had 6 miles on the schedule to prepare for the big run this Saturday. But I signed up anyway. It was the annual Autumn Rock and Run 5k race. The autumn part must be a joke – it is still summer here. Bands play along the course. My husband wanted to run it and I at the last minute decided to join him. Besides there being a cute shirt this year that I might actually wear when I am not working out, it was a good race for me. My goal was limited – I just wanted to get under 38 (Have I mentioned that I am slow?). Fortunately I finished in 37 minutes exactly. That is good news for me. I am getting faster, even in the terrible heat. Imagine what I can accomplish when it cools down finally!
Feeling the early signs of a migraine (I can tell when they might come) I decided it was a bad idea to enjoy my FREE organic beer at the finish line (poor me)! It didn’t matter, I ended up getting one anyway. I caught it too late and ended up throwing everything up. After about 5 hours I was much better. Time only can heal when I get a full on migraine. Luckily I catch most of them early on and treat them with OTC medicine.
But I am happy I met a goal.
I can’t wait until it cools down!