Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Running While in Iowa

Turns out, much like blogging while in Iowa and pooping while in Iowa, running while in Iowa can present a few challenges.  I'm not at all used to the humidity or the intense rain delays.  Including the last time I was here 3 weeks ago, I've had 2 tornado warnings, and 3 severe thunderstorm warnings.  From what I am told, just like eating 6 energy gels in 10 minutes, running during a tornado is not as easy as it sounds.

As much as I am used to running while traveling (as in, 4x a week) for some reason this trip has been giving me fits.  Mostly due to the weather and lack of available treadmills.

Sunday: 6 miles (14 planned), 9:13 pace
Turns out, running in 92 degree heat at 11:30am with 85% humidity ("feels like" of 114) isn't a good idea.  Who knew!?  (Yeah, I'm not bright....but there is a story)


I'm a pretty dedicated runner.  When I found out that Sunday morning would be filled with church, after church socials for 60th wedding anniversary's, coffee, donuts, and visiting with the locals, I decided that my run would have to happen after all of the fun.  Seemed simple.  Little did I know that I would be running in one of the hottest days of the year.  By mile 2 I had decided that all 14 wouldn't happen and by mile 4 I decided that a run/walk strategy would be best.  Running in that kind of heat was NOT going to help improve my fitness.  Lesson learned.  Donuts win, 114 "feels like" loses.  Every.time.

Monday: 11 miles, 8:00 pace
My redemption run.  I decided that since I came up a lot of miles short on Sunday, I would turn my 5 mile recovery run into a honest to goodness long run.  As much as I wanted to make this the full 14 miles, I decided to not push it an just turn it into 11 miles.  A solid 90 min run.

I ran from my dad's farm to the town where I went to elementary school.  When running through the corn and the rolling hills, I couldn't help but notice all sorts of things that I had never noticed in the 18 years that I lived in the area.  I never realized how many dead roadkill frogs there were, how steep the hills into town were, and how SMALL the town was end to end.

Tuesday: Lightning, rain, followed by more lightning
Today, I had 7 miles of tempo goodness planned, however when I woke up all that I could hear was nonstopped thunder and all that I could see was nonstopped lightning.  Since, as long as I am taller than corn, the tallest thing around would be ME, I decided that I could use the extra rest day and take it easy.



Of course, as much as I complain about the heat, humidity, lack of non-fried food, constipation, and lack of internet....I do really enjoy my time back.  Like I posted earlier, I am always a bit sad when I leave.  This time, I am sure, will be no different.

While I have been back I've been able to do a lot of fun things including, go for a private plane ride (no Cristal Champagne....or mile high club), do some Iowa Wine tasting (didn't taste like corn!), ride my dad's Harley (no tattoos...yet), and do lots of visiting with family (did you hear who died?).

Here I am, with my brother in law, tasting some of Osceola Iowa's finest.  It was made out of a type of grape that I had never heard of before, but it didn't taste too bad.  My only compliant was that it made my teeth red/black and made me dance on tables without my pants on.  Stupid Iowa Wine.

I was at the right place at the right time to go for a private plane ride from my hometown to previously mentioned winery.  I tried to throw in as many Top Gun quotes as possible.  "Negative Ghost Rider, the pattern is full."  Immediately followed by renditions of the song "Great Balls of Fire".  (Note, this picture was taken by the pilot.  Eyes on the...err.....sky.  Ha!)

I-80 and Des Moines from 5,000 ft.  Seems very very small.


25 comments:

Barefoot Neil Z said...

That plane looks like the back seat of a volkswagen.

Running Through Phoenix said...

9:13??!!?? You're human after all. Cool post!

Leah B. said...

Nice recap of your week! Looks like you made the best of the rough weather. And the plane ride looks awesome!

Cynthia O'H said...

It's rained and it's been humid here too, so I'm feeling your anxiety. We also have the really annoying tiny bugs to contend with - yuck! I'd take humidity over them any day.

Jill said...

You are SO killing me with those Iowa memories! I so love an I-80 hangover but from the air, now that's awesome! I don't have family in Iowa (well, not really. Does a cousin of my mother's count in Lansing, Iowa?) but I do go back from time to time and I'm always a bit sad to go. Glad I don't live anymore though...but glad to be FROM there!

Julie said...

You are so freaking funny! Stupid Iowa wine:) Damn, you should of made a trip up to Minnesota...I would of loved to have watched you dance on tables! Please keep the pants on:)

Adrienne said...

You made Iowa sound so fun-tender. Sorry about the running struggles....happy about the fun times.

Angie Bishop said...

Good post :)
Its been crazy here the last couple nights with over 5 inches of rain in 2 days. Luckily we are not affected other than having to take different routes to avoid flood water when going to our usual haunts.
Crazy Iowa :)

Her Name is Rio said...

I feel the need...the need for speed! (Sorry...just had to get that off my chest). Sounds like you are having a great time. There's plenty time for running later.
Let us know more about Iowa wine!

64 CLASSIC said...

Great Post as Usual!! No pressure. Being from Missouri, we're a few hours south... the heat and humidity have been just brutal.

I feel your pain.

We love Iowa. Bix 7, Ragbrai, Dam to Dam, Field of Dreams.... aaahhh the memories!

Jamoosh said...

85% humidity turns you into me? I now know your cryptonite.

C2Iowa said...

Yes the weather has been tough. I have only lived in FD for two years and this Iowa weather is different. I am glad you said something about the frogs -- I thought that what I had been seeing was way wierd!

Great recap.

Pam said...

Isn't it funny how the "feels like 114" in Iowa (and TN for that matter) and the "actual" 114 in AZ feel so different???

We're under our second week of excessive heat warnings here. Heat index of 115-120 again through Friday.

Good times.

Andrew Opala said...

yeehaw Jester's dead.

... also don't fly in tornadoes and thunderstorms ... planes have a tendency to dump you out and go on on their own.

The Sean said...

Good call on the 90 minutes. Sounds like you did a great job of balancing your running with your living.

TRI-james said...

Turns out, running in 92 degree heat at 11:30am with 85% humidity ("feels like" of 114) isn't a good idea = EVERYDAY in SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI!

Emz said...

the photos rock.

RunningLaur said...

11 miles in a fun 90 minutes. ha.

Jamie said...

Good job getting runs in! It's hard to run and travel. Funny photos.

run4may said...

Great job reorganizing your miles due to weather.

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

Ok, seriously, I am thinking that everyone you were with was glad you took THOSE PARTICULAR PANTS off, lol! Does your wife put a big sticker on you that says "I did not dress him?" You have the same taste in clothes as Ron...

Glad you had a nice visit : )

Emily said...

Now you know what I mean when I say I couldn't run due to the weather. Or why I run on my treadmill all the time! I ran yesterday at 5:00, with a 98 degrees and a "feels like" 110! My 5 mile run outside wasn't one of my smarter runs! I thought I was going to have a heat stroke at the ripe ol' age of 30!

BrianFlash said...

Our midwestern wine does have some funny grapes. That's what grows here so that's what you get.

Glad to you got to experience some of our humidity while you were back!

Ace said...

Running in Iowa is just plain strange. Anything in Iowa is strange. (yeah I was born there.)

Chris K said...

If I send you a pack of chia seeds will you eat them every day and promise never to write about constipation again.