Hey, did you guys know it was hot? Seriously, breaking news. I'm so glad 6,431 of my friends posted it on Facebook JUST IN CASE I didn't realize it was over 100 degrees across most of the United States. I would have just gone on with my day not knowing that it was OMG SO HOT! Phew.
On Thursday I decided that I was stupid enough to brave the heat (102 degrees at 7pm) for a quick 2 mile social run that ended at a frozen yogurt place. Well, leave it to me to wait for a train to cross and be 10 minutes late. For all of you mathematicians out there, showing up even a few minutes late for a 2 mile run means you don't get in much of a workout. I ran 1.25 on the surface of the sun (ok, maybe it just FELT like the sun) and then cooled off with a richly deserved sweet treat with friends. On my way home I saw a ton of people running and my legs just wanted it...so I did another 2 once I got home.
Friday I decided that maybe running over 100 degrees is stupid (for the record, it is indeed stupid) and went swimming at Chickamuaga Lake up in Chattanooga.
One of the benefits of living in the boonies is having plenty of natural, scenic destinations all around us. This was not one of them. It was refreshing, convenient and free, but it was not scenic. This pictures makes it look like it could almost be peaceful....
But I forgot to take a picture of the other side, which was a highway going over a very industrial looking bridge. Let's just say that National Geographic won't be out there snapping photos any time soon, mmkay?
Today was a running club event in Dalton that started with a 4 mile run on a pretty hilly loop. I got Tim to join me and it was a lot of fun, despite the heat. (I know, I know--I keep mentioning it too!) Post-run we put on these awesome orange vests and did our best criminal impersonations on the side of the road. The running club has an adopt-a-mile that they take care of so a bunch of us picked up trash. Tim tried to tell me that people driving by probably thought I was a really nice person who cared about the environment.
I told him that parents driving by were probably telling their kids, "See? That's what happens if you misbehave. You end up with the wrong crowd, get in trouble, and then spend your Saturdays picking up trash on the side of the road."
Later on it was time for my version of heaven - a cold frap from Starbucks, oatmeal with all the fixings, a good book and some outside reading time. Heavy traffic in the background not an ideal part of the scenario, but there you go.
Once the temps pass 100, are you hiding out in the air conditioning or embracing the heat outside?
If there is a large body of water available, then I'll head outside. Otherwise? Not a chance.
Do you like swimming for sport or for fun?
I know HOW to swim, and I've lived near oceans for a lot of my life so I feel very confident, but most of my swimming recently has been floating and the occasional doggie paddle. And I'm fine with that.