Maybe it's because I love summer so much that I just want to live it and not overthink it or write about it? In any case, I needed to show Debby something, so I'm doing another short picture-story blog.
I'm still getting up early in the morning to run and now that the heat/humidity/high dew points have set in, I can't imagine trying to run at 4:00 in the afternoon vs. 4:45 in the morning. Besides, it's just so (comparatively) peaceful and I have gotten to see some spectacular sun rises!
I also seem to notice flowers a lot more when I'm out. If I ever have a home where I need filler flowers (is that what they're called lol?) I'm going to get these pink ones. They come in purple too, and seem like they're great for borders or anyplace where you don't necessarily want to grow grass to mow.
Here's a flower that was poking through an iron fence. It was so perfect I had to stop and take a photo of it.
Since we're not taking a big vacation this year, I've started taking Fridays off for the rest of the summer. Nice to have a four day work week. Last weekend was an extra long weekend because I took Friday off as well as having the Independence Day holiday. I switched my long run to Friday so that I'd have the whole weekend completely free to go to the beach, plus we had another family gathering. I slept in though and it was pretty warm by the time I started my run. That was a tough, tough run but I managed 8.3 miles. Once I got home and got cleaned up, I decided to take myself out to brunch as a treat. I actually don't mind going out to eat alone - good thing because most of my free time I am alone! I had a dish called Mavis' Medley which was hashbrowns with crumbled bacon, chopped red onion, and shredded cheddar cheese, topped with two over-easy eggs. With sunflower toast on the side. This is actually a salad size plate and I ate every bite!
On Saturday, we had the family gathering in the afternoon but I wanted a few beach hours so I got up early and was there by 8 am. It's so nice and peaceful. I decided that I'd take a walk before the crowds came in. We'd had a big storm Friday night and the beach was full of things that had washed up, including this pretty big log.
Tuesday, I got up and it was pouring rain. Of course! I wasn't in the mood to walk or run in that so I did a body weight workout then a 35 minute step aerobics routine. My legs are sore - even as much as I run, that routine just uses different muscles. I consider that good cross training.
This morning I woke up to 70 degrees, ridiculous humidity, high dew points, and an air quality alert. Still, if you're going to run, 5 am is the time to do it. I decided to do a bit of speed work and ran telephone pole sprints for one and half miles up the street, then ran two more miles to get home. It was hard, especially doing those sprints, but I never regret a run once I'm done. Here I am looking up the hardest part of the hill, then down it once I'd reached the top. To get this done, you really can't look at the hill though, you just look at the next telephone pole and go for it.
That's about it for my catch up. My "staycation" starts on Friday. We have a bunch of things we are going to try to fit in: paddle boarding, kayaking, historical sites, beach, winery, and maybe a light house cruise, weather permitting. I hope I'm able to actually rest and relax, though my confidence is not high in that. I just think it's hard to "vacate" when you're still at home. At least I won't be at work though, right?
Oh, and to end this not so short after all post, do any of you gardeners know what this is on my knockout rose? I've tried all sorts of things and sprays but this happens every year. It still blooms but boy do the leaves look awful!