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Rant, Run, Lift & Out on a School Night

Ranting, Running & Lifting
Last night Jason and I talked about going for a run during lunch. With that in mind, I didn't get up early to workout. I would have been doing weights (chest and back) and I just don't always feel like my weight workouts are very good super early. Just not awake enough, strong enough, or properly fueled.

I am so glad we went for the run at lunch. It was about 84 degrees and very very low humidity. Plus, I needed to thaw out. So here it comes...

The Ranting
Yes, it's August in Arkansas and that usually means 100 degree days. However, this week we have had a cool down. It was only 66 this morning. When I got to the office, I knew immediately I should have dressed as if 66 was the high for the day. Friends, the thermostats were reading 60 degrees. Now, they were set on 70-ish and that would have felt like a heat wave compared to 60. Why oh why do companies/or building managers waste so much money and energy keeping the temps so low?

At my house, if my thermostat is set on a certain temperature, then that's roughly the temperature and not 10 degrees colder. This means that the thermostats do not work. They are pumping cold air regardless of what the thermostats are set at. WASTEFUL. It actually pisses me off. First off, I hate to be so cold I can't type and can't feel my toes and have to keep wiping my freaking nose because it's dripping. Second (and third, fourth) off, waste, waste, waste. It's very sad how wasteful it is. Especially in a time when the economy is sucking, when we do know the effects of pollution and wasting energy.

The Running
Ok, I'll stop with the ranting right now because my blood pressure just shot up. So, Jason and I ran at lunch. It was so incredibly nice to run at lunch again. I have really been missing those lunchtime runs that we did most of the spring. Not only is it an energy boost, but the dose of sunshine really gives my mood a jolt in the right direction too after sitting in a windowless space all morning. Ahhhh, fresh air.

I had high hopes for the run. Perhaps I was over-glorifying it a bit in my head too. It was definitely cooler than it has been, and 84-85 with low humidity felt like 70 degrees when we first got going. But, reality set in. It was warm and sunny. We actually were going at a pretty good clip, so that I'm proud of. I did end up with terrible side stitch under my right rib cage though after about 1.5 miles. I tried exhaling on that side (which usually works) but was never able to get rid of it. I felt bad, but I had to call it quits after about 24 mins. Not exactly sure of the pace or distance as Jason's watch data blanked out. I won't complain too much though. I know every run isn't perfect, there are always glitches, and it was nice to be outside and to run with Jason.

The Lifting
After work, I did my weight workout for chest and back. Not having a spotter and going lighter with weights, I opted for trisets mostly 3x8. Going straight from a chest fly to a chest press really gets me good - almost more DOMS than when I just go heavy. I did increase the weights this week for everything except the pullovers.

Flat bench chest flye
Flat bench chest press
Double-arm row - 3x10

Incline bench chest flye
Incline bench chest press
Underhand row

Staggered bench press (start at top, half way down & stop, all the way down & stop, half up & stop, then all the way up) - 3x10
Pullovers 3x8

Lat band pull downs - 2x16

I finished with some weighted and non-weighted ab work and a stretch. I must admit that I came very very close to putting off the weights entirely. It wasn't my best lift, but I got it done and that felt good.

Out on a "School" Night
I am normally not one to go out on a "school" night. I have my routine and I stick to it. I am in PJs by 5:30 at the latest and in bed with my book around 8 or 8:30 and asleep between 9 and 9:30. But, I know I really must get out of this routine sometimes and enjoy life a bit more rather than just relegating "fun" time to the weekends. So, tonight we are going to hit up the baseball game and take full advantage of the cooler, more pleasant temperatures.

That being said, I'm posting earlier than I normally would and won't be including dinner or recipes and such. In all honesty, we'll either scrounge for leftovers or have a quick veggie burger with sweet potato "fries' (that's sort of baseball-ish I think).

Hyping Tomorrow's Post
Just for fun, I am going to tease tomorrow's post. It will be a special post. No declarations of rest days, no posting of workouts, no reminders that it's Pizza Friday. Tomorrow will be a very special edition of Fun Facts Friday that I hope you will enjoy (or at least humor me on).

Good night friends!


  1. Ouch it is hard to imagine your office was colder than normal today. I am so sorry to hear that. Great idea to run at lunch to thaw out.

    Enjoy your game tonight,

  2. Sorry about the run. I hate when that happens! We didn't get to do our walk today because it was raining a little and then when we decided to not didn't end up raining. Oh well, we will make it up this weekend. I am glad you are getting out for a little bit tonight. Enjoy the game.

    Oh and I am so with you...I HATE being cold! Have a good one sweetie!

  3. Cold is not fun! Enjoy your night out. I need to take that advice myself. I am in bed by 9pm too but 4:30 is just way too early! haha.

  4. Yeah, they keep the rooms at our school REALLY cold too-- I hate it!

    Have fun at your night out!!

  5. Have fun at the game tonight and now I can't wait for your post are teasing us ;)
    I agree with you, complete waste of electricity, I have no idea why they have the temperature so low in certain buildings. Hope tomorrow is warmer for you.

  6. Totally agree with you about the A/C. Thankfully my new office is much better- but in my old spot I would ALWAYS freeze- like have to bring a blanket to work kind of freezing! Now it's not so bad, except in the morning- but as the day goes on it gets warmer..thank goodness.
    NICE afternoon run- I'm so jealous that you get to work out at lunch time!!
    Hope you have a great night at the game :)

  7. Peter always vents about the A/C in our church. It is ALWAYS freezing cold and they have a very strict budget to adhere to. He wonders why they don't cut down A/C to save some money. I hate being cold too and don't get why some places keep it SO chilly!

    Intrigued by tomorrow's post!

  8. I HATE how cold they always keep buildings! I actually have sneakily set all of our thermastats much higher in our space and people always comment on how comfortable it is in there.

  9. Alicia @ Vegan Epicurean Yes, just when you think it can't get does or did. Not fun at all!

    Sarena @ The Non-Dairy Queen For some reason, I kind of figured you to be one who hated super cold too. Hope you get a chance to get outside this weekend and maybe relax a bit.

    Lindsay @ Cotter Crunch Ouch, 4:30 is too early even if you go to bed at 8!!

    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg I know that the theory in school is that it keeps you awake. Here, it's some sort of malfunction though.

    Bela @ It's Life, Max it Out Teehee - kind of mean huh ;-)

    Holly @ Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices I have 2 different sweater options here. Seriously thinking of investing in a Snuggie ;-)

    Tina @ Faith Fitness and Fun That's what I don't get - save some money and set the thermostats at the recommended levels.

    Madeline @ Greens and Jeans That's kind of funny that people think it's comfortable when you reset them to a normal temp.


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