OK, I have to admit that it was kind of cute. I know, in what world is a snake ever cute? Well, this one happened to be the tiniest snake either of us had ever seen:
Here's Jenny pretending to be scared...
...but really, she was fascinated by it. And it truly was a snake and not a worm - you could see the triangular head and it looked like a snake...a teeny, tiny snake.
We also saw our share of jackrabbits on that walk, but what we mostly saw? Pokemon. It was fun to do our regular walk AND capture Pokemon along the way:
We kept coming across the fish out of water - poor critter was flapping around and gasping for air - I guess this was because there is a pond at this park.
There were a lot more people walking around the park than we usually see, so kudos to the Pokemon peeps for getting everyone up and moving - it's working!
Running is going OK. I was struggling with it, on both the mental and physical front, because I'd run a mile without stopping and feel fine, but then I couldn't get to the second mile without feeling more spent than I thought I should be feeling. Yes, yes - the heat and humidity has a lot to do with this, but still - why was it so hard?? Finally Jeff brought up a valid point: at the beginning of June, I went from running two minutes at a time to running 13+ minutes without stopping. And then I was trying to double that to make it two miles. No wonder I was struggling! That was a bigger change than I realized, and I think, because I managed to hit the first mile, I figured I'd just keep building on that for miles two and three and so on - but as with most things, there are bound to be setbacks and struggles along the way.
So I made some changes to my "long" runs (lately it's only been three miles). For example, one week I ran the first mile without stopping, but my breathing was ragged and it took quite a while to get myself calmed down. I ended up taking several walking breaks during miles two and three on that run. But the next week, I ran 2:1 intervals for the first mile, which gave me time to get myself situated with my ridiculous OH MY GOD I'M NOT GOING TO MAKE IT running anxiety, and then I was able to run the next mile straight through. Mile three had a couple of walk breaks but that's mostly because I didn't want to run up a hill.
This Saturday, I'm going to go for four miles, which will probably result in some walking at some point, but if I can just get through the run without freaking out internally, I'll be happy. Baby steps...