You guys! All of my Shreveport prayers have been answered! It’s happening! It’s really happening!
On Wednesday, I was literally leaving the grocery store, when I refreshed my Facebook newsfeed and saw this article from the Shreveport Times as well as the following:
Are you at all surprised that tears of joy literally sprang from my eyes? I actually cried and became weepy, I was that happy and excited.
Then, the ultimate cherry on top of an already fabulous news week, was that Shreveport is also getting its own Blo Blow Dry Bar.
This week was proof that dreams do come true.
Great organic produce + great hair = I have died and gone to Shreveport heaven.
You guys. After sweltering for months in ungodly temperatures and humidity, the unthinkable finally happened. It has FINALLY cooled off.
Yesterday morning some rains showers moved through…
… and now the average ‘high’ is only 84°.
This morning, I was actually cold when I went outside. It was amazing.
You know your city has reached the pinnacle of urbanization when a Dunkin’ Donuts rolls into town. After all, this is what America runs on.
I’m not much of a coffee drinker, but I will go out on a limb here and say that the DD Hazlenut coffee (iced or hot) can’t be beat.
But really, my main interest in Bossier City’s newest vendor has to do with the munchkins.
I only like the chocolate ones and we are slightly embarrassed to admit that this box of 25 didn’t last a full 24 hours in our house.
Participant ribbon from one of the local summer fun runs.
There was once a time when I really relished a long summer run. Not so much anymore. Thank you, Shreveport.
In New Jersey, there might be a “heat wave” where the heat index exceeds 100°, maybe once a year. I can’t even believe I used to complain about this when it only lasted a week or two, max.
Now, I live in a constant heat wave for six months every year. This means there are some new challenges when training during the summer months for the famed fall marathon (or half) season.
I’m currently training for the Women’s Running Half Marathon in Nashville, TN, and I hate running on a treadmill. After battling, (yes, battling), two previous summers in Louisiana, where I felt faint, dizzy, and nauseous, after almost every run outside, I think I finally have it right this third time around.
I’m sharing my tips for running in temps that make your life miserable, so it’s not as miserable.
- Hydrate fully an entire day before a long run (anything exceeding 5 miles) with lots of water, a lot of watery fruits and veggies, and skip anything carbonated or heavily caffeinated.
My two favorite choices for staying hydrated.
- Set the alarm for 5:00am (or earlier). This is the hardest part, but also the most important. You need to already be running while it’s still dark out. Once the sun has been up and blazing for only a mere hour (around here it rises a little after 6am), it will begin to feel like the fires of hell have been unleashed upon you. Think you can just wait until the evening when the sun goes down? Think again. That asphalt you’re running on has been baking all day and will continue to radiate heat like a fry pan.
- Expect that your pace will dramatically slow down. No, you’re not out of shape (okay, maybe just a little), but the heat is going to take a lot out of you, and your first mile is going to look a lot different than your last mile.
- Under absolutely no circumstances should you wear any article of clothing made out of cotton when going for a long run. This is a classic rookie mistake. Google it for horror stories.
- Bring water with you on the run. You can invest in some fancy gear, but I think that’s cumbersome. I usually just carry a baby 8oz water bottle with me and refill it at water stops as I go. The best (free) water stop in Shreveport is here:
A BIG thank you to the residents of this development for letting local runners stop here for water!
- Lastly, don’t overdo it. Hitting a mileage or time goal isn’t worth it if you’re feeling awful.
Passed by this field on Sunday afternoon. It’s the quintessential image of fall in the rustic South.
Nearly two and a half months have flown by since the last post, and I can honestly say that this is literally the first moment I’ve had to even think about blogging.
We’ve become hermits, deeply entrenched in work and wedding plans, but here is a brief snapshot into the small highlights of life in Shreveport from the past two months.
1. Getting to work before dawn sometimes means a lot of grumbling (and dark eye circles that have inspired Halloween masks) , but it also means I get to see stunning sunrises everyday.
2. I have become obsessed with the slow cooker we received as a wedding present. It is the reason we haven’t become fixtures at the Chick-Fil-A takeout window. Below: Butternut Squash Risotto.
3. I discovered an organic delivery service in Shreveport. After a year of incessant squawking about a lack of Whole Foods, this has been such a treat. Thank you, Off the Vine.
4. On a recent date night we went to Shreveport’s latest retail addition, Cavender’s. I put up a lot of resistance, but I was eventually coerced into getting a pair of authentic cowgirl boots. How do we feel about boots and wedding dresses?
One more week!
The Shreveport Farmer’s Market is back for the summer season and is open on Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings.
I stopped by yesterday and couldn’t resist purchasing some peaches. There is nothing better than a summer peach in the South.